Fully Immersive Video, Are We There Yet ?

June 1st, 2011

A few days ago, I was playing a video on my phone and my 4-year-old wanted to see what was on the left, and dragging left on the screen as the video played.

It seemed so intuitive and natural — why should we be limited to the current narrow viewing angle?

This gave me an idea.

The idea would be to place multiple digital cameras on a stand to cover a 360- or 180-degree view of an area, then with a custom video encoder or player you combine the videos to create a large 360-degree video viewing experience. Combine that with video glasses, and you’d get a fully immersive video experience.

As the video played, you’d move your head left and right to see all possible angles in a movie.

I did some research and found out that all the technology exists and is accessible.

Companies like Immersive Media or YellowBird have 360-degree video cameras and software to create and deliver 360-degree movies. There are examples at entertainment demo and yellow bird blog. There’s a nice flash player that lets you look around as the video is playing.

A startup, Kogeto, is also coming up with a very accessible solution called Dot that lets you do 360-degree videos. It’s an add-on you snap on your iPhone. You can easily play the videos and drag to view all around. (My 4-year-old will love it).

The video glasses I was talking about also exist and are getting more affordable — Zetronics, VuzixEzgear, and the incredible Lumus VR glasses are just a few examples.

VR glasses

If we put those two technologies together with a gyroscope, we can get a true immersive video experience.

It could be great for events where the action happens everywhere: carnivals, concerts, parades, sports ….

Now, we can push this a bit further using Vuzix or Lumus, both of which have see-through technology with special 3-D videos on green screen. If we used those, we could mix a video with reality resulting in some interesting augmented reality applications.

Imagine you like to work out or do yoga at home, but don’t like doing it alone.

You could put the glasses and connect to a virtual yoga class. The teacher and other students would then appear in your own room all around you.

Sounds great, doesn’t it?

 

5th House production, online video

May 24th, 2011

FithHouse logo

We gave an hand to 5thHouse to improve their web site look and the quality and responsiveness of their online videos.

5th House is a multi-award winning production company with international experience. Awards include: Yellow Pencil, A.C.E. Award, First Boards Award, & PDAs.

We did a new design based on simplicity, accessibility and cluter-free user interface, then we re-encoded the video in higher quality and set them up on a Content Delivery Network for faster and smoother streaming.

 

 

 

 

Internet Trends

November 16th, 2010

This presentation from Mary Meeker at Morgan Stanley is quite interesting.
Prediction of the growth of mobile internet and the rise of TV on the internet for prime time entertainment.

Internet Trends Presentation

Translate your PHP application with Gettext (i18n)

September 21st, 2010

I’ve done a quick tutorial on Gettext and PHP. It’s based on our implementation for Ofuz.

Gettext is great and, once setup, a very efficient solution for translating an application into multiple languages.

http://www.ofuz.com/opensource/wiki/i18n:translating_with_gettext

Chrome extensions for Developers

September 9th, 2010

Six revisions as a good post on a list of extensions for web developers using Google Chrome

http://sixrevisions.com/tools/chrome-extensions-developers-designers/

They are very similar to the one we have in Firefox, its nice that we now have the same tools in Chrome

Simple Invoices: Full-Featured Open Source Web-Based Invoicing

April 20th, 2010

Simple Invoice

Overview

Recently, we downloaded, installed, and ran Simple Invoices to get a feel for its capabilities.

We found Simple Invoices to be a well-featured invoicing application.  It is an open source, web based solution that supports taxes and has a very user friendly invoice creation form. Although easy to use once installed, installation requires some technical PHP skills, which may keep a lot of less technical people from using the application.

Pros

- Support for taxes
- Itemized or Total-style invoices
- Simple to use invoice creation form
- Invoices can be exported in PDF, Excel and Word
- Custom fields
- Invoice from multiple companies

Cons

- Installation problems
- Confusing initial setup
- Navigation menu counter intuitive
- No currency
- No custom log
- No discounts capability
- No online payments

Give it a try

You can try the demo installation at the Open Source As A Service site:
http://www.osaas.org/simpleinvoices/
Username: demo@osaas.org
Password: demo123

Simple Invoices web site:
http://www.simpleinvoices.org/
Forums:
http://www.simpleinvoices.org/forum/

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10 open source business applications

April 12th, 2010

Here is a list of 10 proven & stable open source applications. (from Runar Lie at Office123) to run your entire business.

Those application are for small to medium size businesses that can afford the implementation and configuration cost. But on the long run they have a very low cost of owner ship compare to their commercial counterpart.

Bamboo invoice simple & clean free open source invoicing

March 19th, 2010

This is a Review and demo of Bamboo Invoice its a free web based invoicing application.

Quick summary

The application is 100% complete but you’ll need a web hosting account to get it installed and working for your business.

It’s very simple but supports all the features you’d expect in doing an invoice. The user interface is clean and easy to use. For the most part I found it intuitive — never had to look for too long to find what I needed.
I could create an invoice, generate a PDF, send it by email to a client, and record the payments.
Couple of things were missing or couldn’t be found:  mainly recurrent invoices. I found how to duplicate an existing invoice but couldn’t set invoices to automatically repeat themselves every month.
The online payment support could be a plus, especially since its a paid option on most online systems.

Pros

  • Its nice looking and intuitive
  • Open source and customizable
  • Multi-language

Cons

  • No recurring invoices
  • No Online Payments
  • Requires a web hosting account

Screen shots

Detail of an Invoice

Detail of an Invoice

Invoice In PDF

Invoice In PDF

Reports

Reports

Online Demo

We installed a demo at Open Source Software As A Service so you can try it your self:
http://www.osaas.org/bambooinvoice/
Demo account is:
Username: demo@osaas.org
Password: demo123
PS: the demo resets itself every hour.

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AcroYoga at Yogaglo

November 13th, 2009

Demonstration of AcroYoga by Lara Catone and Sarah Vosen at Yogaglo:

AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. These three ancient lineages form the foundation of a unique new practice that cultivates trust, connection and playfulness through partner work.
More at:
http://www.acroyoga.org/la/

Ofuz pitch at LAWebMo

August 21st, 2009

I will be presenting Ofuz to the public for the first time Saturday 22th at LaWebMo meetup, Pitch your product, prototype or idea.

Ofuz

Ofuz

LA WebMo

LA WebMo

If you are in the area pass by, it should be interesting.

UPDATE: the presentation slides are posted Ofuz blog