i-Techpartner and SurfTail

Posted on May 30, 2007 16:19 by phil
Glow New Media will be presenting one of our Tech widgets (SurfTail) at i-TechPartner on 12th Jun 2007 at Daresbury Innovation Centre. There are about 30 other demos (including one from Manoj Ranaweera) at the event so if you’re in the area and interested in seeing a few new technologies, it may be worth a vist. 

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The future of advertising?

Posted on March 13, 2007 15:38 by phil

If you’ve walked down church street in Liverpool recently, you’ll have probably noticed a new electronic advertising display. It’s big, cylindrical and very noisy because inside it there is a fast moving, rotating drum with a number of red, green and blue LED’s.
 
Now, although I’m willing to accept that a 360 degree display might have applications for advertising in a crowded area, I’m not quite sure I’m convinced by this..
Surely the main reason to use an electronic display for advertising is the ability to remotely or dynamically update the content?
Church St. is a longish shopping street, with two way pedestrian traffic.

That being the case, a cheaper, larger, better quality and more reliable solution would have been to use two back to back, conventional outdoor LCD screens.
I think that the main thing about the 360 degree approach that bothers me is the moving parts. Noisy, wasteful, inelegant… 360 is good, but just not useful on this site. That makes it a gimmick.

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Death to the mouse!

Posted on March 12, 2007 15:11 by phil

Once in a while, the future comes knocking and concerning user interfaces at least, it just has.

Jeff Han, a research scientist at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences is pioneering the future.
Watch This and you’ll see what I mean.

Sure, we have touch screens all over the place but they generally only recognise one point of contact at one time. They’re also fragile and relatively clumsy to use.

The new multi-touch approach changes things slightly. Given that the technology requires a fair amount of kit behind the screen, it’s unlikely we will see multi touch (of this type) on phones and laptops any time soon but take the technology to a wall or a desk and things get interesting.

After watching the video, my (beloved) laptop stared to feel very clunky..

Written: On the sofa.

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