This week Cisco, the makers of the Flip video camcorder, announced that it's shutting down production. Here's the obit by David Pogue in the New York Times.
The most plausible reason is that Cisco wants the technology in the Flip more than it wants the business. Cisco is, after all, in the videoconferencing business, and the Flip's video qualityfor its size and pricewas amazing. Maybe, in fact, that was Cisco's plan all along. Buy the beloved Flip for its technology, then shut it down and fire 550 people.
I posted my first Flip video on First Bell on Feb. 3, 2010 of Akron superintendent David James pledging not to put a levy on the ballot at his annual "State of the Schools" address.
Since then, I've made several videos showing cool lessons like these:
and this one, about U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Darrell Stamps Sr. who flew across the country to walk his son to school:
All of these were done with the very simple, easy-to-use Flip camcorder. I'll use mine as long as I can, but I'm sorry too to see the Flip's demise.
Click on the button "Education Videos" in the right hand column to brouse all of my videos on First Bell.