"Oprah Winfrey gave Cisco’s soon-to-be-released Umi Telepresence a boost on her show Wednesday when she used the video-chatting device to connect her with friends that she met during a recent episode’s visit to Yosemite National Park. The use of Umi — designed to connect family and friends in HD video — will be used again in future episodes as part of a marketing agreement " between Cisco and Oprah’s show, writes Carolyn Giardina in The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the article, "The Umi system, which includes an HD camera, console and remote, connects to an existing HD television and a broadband Internet connection. Features include the ability to make calls and access video messages. Users can record their own videos, which they can share on Facebook, YouTube or via e-mail."
The article did not say whether or not Oprah disclosed to viewers that the use of the Umi was part of a marketing agreement with Cisco.