Archiv für January, 2007
We’ve seen plenty of smart mirrors before, but this one might top them all. Developed by Christopher Enright, the Magic Mirror is a mirror packed with infrared technology that lets you try on clothes without having to put them on. Not only that, but it also lets you take and send snapshots of yourself with your spiffy new threads to any cell phone or e-mail address.
The mirror consists of three panels.
To the left would be a display showing off different clothes, a virtual closet so to speak. After choosing an outfit, the center mirror shows what the outfit would look like on you, without you having to undress. Finally, the third mirror on the right displays shoes, accessories, whatnot that would complement your outfit. The mirror has a cool Jetsons kinda vibe to it, but if I’m trying on a suit, I’d be more concerned about how it fits rather than how it looks.
Heikes Eintrag zu aki-aki hat mich wieder daran erinnert, dass ich einmal etwas zu bluetoothtracking.org schreiben wollte. In Apeldoorn (Niederlande) hat ein User an fünf Stationen Bluetooth Sender installiert, die vorbeikommende Geräte tracken. Die Daten werden unmittelbar auf einen Server geschoben und auf der Website präsentiert.
Da die Bluetoothsender entsprechend am Internet hängen müssen, stehen die fünf Sender bei Freunden und Verwandten. Seit September wurden bereits mehr als 53.000 Geräte erfasst und auf der Seite kann man entsprechende Statistiken abrufen.
About 55% of all teens (12-17) have profiles. Teen girls (15-17) report that 70% of them have used social media. Same aged boys report in lower at 54%. Why do teens turn to social networking sites? The vast majority – 91% – say they do so to stay in contact with friends they also see frequently in the non-virtual world, while 82% say they use sites to stay in touch with people they don’t see that often in person. Teens also go to the sites to make plans with friends (72%) and meet new friends (49%).
ComVu is a company that offers a very interesting new service called PocketCaster. I tested it the last couple of days. It really works and that’s why I’m going to use it during my vacation in China. Using the service is quite simple. After registering an account you have to install the mobile client (available for Symbian 60 and Windows Mobile 5) and choose your bandwith (like GPRS, UMTS, W-Lan etc.). That’s basically it.
If you start your webcast it takes some seconds (about 30) and the “live stream” starts in one’s webbrowser. At the moment you should have tIE 6 or higher. When using Firefox or Opera you first have to install some plugin. But the best thing is that you can stream GPS data, too. I have a GPS device by Royaltek and it works really fine. Though you have to choose (find) the right COM port first, it works seamlessly and easy afterwards. Turn on bluetooth and you send your live location.
So altogether it’s the first live video and gps stream services working. Your own little tv station and a first glimpse of next generation user generated content.