Archive for August 20th, 2009

Nintendo DSi, Facebook integration

Thursday, August 20th, 2009 by Minseok Kim

Not really a news, since Nintendo DSi appeared on the market some time ago. It has two cameras one on each side. What’s so special? It’s special because Nintendo’s products are designed for entertainment. Not just using DSi as substitution of digital camera or camera phones, users can alter their pictures with the facial manipulation software that Nintendo has featured prominently.

Now, Gaming consols don’t want to stay in their own “gaming place” anymore. Since Iphone became one of the competitor to Nintendo, DSi is also embedding social network features. Yes, uploading photos directly from DSi to Facebook is now possible. Easy, fun, and seamless.

Please watch the video for a better understanding :

What can we be reminded from Nintendo’s approach? We all know that ‘Social Network’ is a main keyword, and that users always expect something more : Unique experience, and entertainment.

If multimedia meets printed magazines.

Thursday, August 20th, 2009 by Giuseppe Piersantelli

Wired reports today that CBS has embedded a video player in a printed magazine. The video player playbacks a short multimedia advertising content. It has been named the first-ever VIP (video-in-print) promotion.

For the time being, it is not intended for mass distribution, the article says.

The video-enhancement will appear in the September issue of Entertainment Weekly, but only in what sounds like a relatively small subset of the circulation: The promo itself will be in every copy, but the video portion only in some subscriptions delivered to New York and Los Angeles.

The embedded player has been developed by the manufacturer Americhip. Presently, no information about the cost of the embedded player has been disclosed.

The following videos explain how the embedded player works.

Cristal Table Remote Control.

Thursday, August 20th, 2009 by Giuseppe Piersantelli

Tired and bored of using too many remote controls for TV, Hi-Fi and other electronic gadgets in your living room? No worries, because now you can use the ultimate weapon to access and control all you electronic equipment and devices.

CRISTAL – Control of Remotely Interaced Systems using Touch-based Actions in Living spaces – is an electronic living room table equipped with a touch screen display which will enable users to replace all the remote controls in order to control TV set, Hi-Fi, loudspeakers, vacuum cleaner and lights.

The project is being developed by Media Interaction Lab at Upper Austria University of Applied Science.

Unfortunately it won’t be ready for the market before 5 years from now, but the concept is interesting and probably more advanced than Microsoft Surface concept.

In this article there is more information.