Archive for the ‘Startup’ Category

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?

 

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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MyDragnDrop gets a mention in Techcrunch

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

My Drag and Drop MyDnD, formally known as liveap, purchased a license of our Drag n Drop site creator 6 months ago, and since then have made several major improvements and customizations to it.

They are about to launch their 2.0 version and are gaining strong traction with some major partnership I can’t mention yet. They just got a blurb in Techcrunch Europe along with the other big players in the do it yourself web site market.

Paul Christian, founder of MyDragNDrop, is showing impressive business development skills. It’s perfect to reach small businesses with a free, do-it-yourself web site builder.

And its also great to see our technology at such great use.

G33kd1nner at uWink, Baseloop friends relevance and the Cobra language.

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

I was at the Los Angeles G33kd1nner last week and had the chance to talk with Chuck Esterbrook — the creator of the Cobra language.

Chuck created this new programing language with productivity and performance in mind. It has its origins from Python with productivity and performance improvements from other languages like Java, C++, Ruby…. It currently run under .NET virtual machine and Mono. It may possibly work on the Sun virtual machine.

I’ve messed up my Mono setup so I could not get it to work on my setup, so I will post more once I get it running.

On our table were Baseloop folks; they discussed their official release. It’s a calendar based social network. One of the characteristics is the friends relationship and organization. You grade friends and set visibility to your content accordingly.

In the video below, Spencer explains how baseloop’s friends relevance is better than Facebook’s contextual lists.