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Fully Immersive Video, Are We There Yet ?

Wednesday, 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?

 

Ofuz pitch at LAWebMo

Friday, 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

Interview with Jose DaVeiga, co-founder of Klicksports

Monday, July 20th, 2009

I had the opportunity to spend some time with Jose DaVeiga in his home in west LA for an interview on how Klicksports came to be, and for a demo of the technology.

We have 2 videos: one with the interview of Jose (on him and his company) and the other with a demo of their technology.

In this interview, Jose reveals how, inspired by the promises of interactive TV,  he  invented the perfect interactive platform for sports games in 2001 and made it a reality five years later.

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Multi touch screen everywhere

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

3 years ago multi touch screens were  experimental .

Today with the iPhone, fingers are now part of the human - computer interaction.

Things are changing fast and multi-touch is becoming more more affordable and more software is built with touch in mind.

I was at Microsoft Monday for a demo and hands on with some User Interface products. Lynn Langit demo’ed five point multi touch software possibilities on an $800 HP laptop running Windows 7. Even if it was nice, I am still not convinced it will make a significant difference in improving user interactions with their laptop.   Still, it will be nice to have and a good addition to the mouse.

Next, Wood Pewitt let us play with the Surface and that’s something else. It’s a table, the smartest table I know. Keeping it in the context of a table I can see a lot of possibilities for this. It’s very engaging — the touch has a great feel and I can see it in restaurant, bars, airports … even homes. To order your food, drink, tickets, play casual games, organize your media, select a movie to see….. Its currently at $10,000 but I bet we will see multi-touch  tables at $2,000 in fewer than 2 years and $500 ones in 4 years.