eLearning: Interesting Weekly Finds #6
1. Morgan Stanley – The Mobile Internet Report
Morgan Stanley’s analysts set out to do a deep dive into the rapidly changing mobile Internet market. The Mobile Internet Report is largely in PowerPoint and published it on the web, and they’re expecting that bits and pieces of it will be cut / pasted / redistributed and debated / dismissed / lauded. Their goal is to get thoughts and data into the conversation about what may be the biggest technology trend ever. I found the PowerPoint format a bit unfriendly, but the content itself merits not one but perhaps several reads.
2. AR.Drone [Remote controlled AR helicopter]
Instead of just looking at an augmented view of the world through the phone’s camera, you get to see the world through the drone’s camera. The iPhone takes the view of the camera (via Wi-Fi) and replaces markers with anything from walls to dinosaurs.
3. A Cloud Based Video Encoding Service
The service uses Amazon’s S3 and Elastic Cloud to provide a proven and scalable solution to anyone or any business working with video. Signing up for Ankoder is free but it’s a pay-per-use service. You are charged for the bandwidth used for uploading of source video and the download of the transcoded video.
4. Projectors for Handheld Devices – for Blackberry Devices and for iPhone All phones will eventually come with one of these, perhaps built right into the handset. Interesting to see they’re getting smaller and more portable by the day.
5. Samsung Releases Development SDK for TV
Another element to add to the proliferation of new interaction options in devices. We’ve considered TV as broadcast for too long, an open SDK for television changes that.
6. Light Blue Optics LightTouch
Light Blue Optics LightTouch, which projects a 10-inch (25 cm) display on any flat surface, and turns it into a touchscreen. Mount the LightTouch on any wall or table, and it becomes a Microsoft Surface that you could actually use. Light Blue envisions this as being the infrastructure for interactive store displays and bar games; honestly, I’m skeptical on exactly how this technology will take over the market from established touchscreen technology, but I’d like to see it succeed purely to reward the innovation that went into it.