We've been hearing a lot about Augmented Reality lately... but to date, most of the stuff you're seeing isn't all that useful. Instead, it's more about just using the technology for the sake of using the technology. As I'm a big fan of creating utility applications vs game applications - I found this video most interesting. Ideally I'd think women would want to do this at home or at least in a contained environment where they can see how they look under different lighting conditions. But that said, this is such a perfect use of AR.
Multi-Party Video Conferencing
I had the chance to meet Steve Woodruff (finally) when he asked me to join him one evening for a Skype Video chat. What a great idea... virtually meet all those folks you Tweet with but have never actually met IRL. Yes, I warned him -- I was stealing that idea. But then he suggested maybe we should go one step further. We've both long wanted to meet the brilliant Lisa Hoffman, so we decided to take Steve's video meeting idea to the next level with a multi-person video platform.
Enter TokBox, which purports to do a great job of hosting up to 20 folks in a simultaneous video chat at no cost and if you need better service or more seats, you can rent the service on a per meeting basis. Very cool and I'm looking forward to putting it through it's paces. And I'm especially intrigued by the Broadcast Chat feature... that could be pretty interesting.
Is this the Web 2.0 version of the Man Purse?
I'm always intrigued to see how companies are trying to solve real, everyday, consumer challenges. For women, having multiple electronic devices isn't all that big of a deal. They have a purse and while they usually have a hard time finding those devices in said purse, they can at least put them all there with no fuss.
But for guys, it gets a little harder. Personally I hate having things in my pockets -- keys, iPhone, iPod, etc. Add to that the desire to have a camera and often my Flip with me (especially at conferences) and well, you get a bit overloaded. Enter the Bandee. Very interesting solution but I wonder...at least here in the USA -- will folks (especially guys) where something that looks like a Girl Scout/Boy Scout badge sash? Don't know...what do you think? And if not, any thoughts on how to solve the problem in a manner that would work?
That's it for this week folks... as always, let me know what you think about these things and feel free to share with your friends. Ciao.