Archive for November, 2007

Mobile Virtual World Unveils in Japan

By November 29, 2007

Recently launched in Japan, a new virtual world called Chipuya Town allows users to take their gaming on-the-go through the use of any Flash-enabled cell phone. Although it’s somewhat similar to popular virtual fictional world Second Life, it differs in that users create avatars which they use to walk around and interact with a virtual […]

Recently launched in Japan, a new virtual world called Chipuya Town allows users to take their gaming on-the-go through the use of any Flash-enabled cell phone. Although it’s somewhat similar to popular virtual fictional world Second Life, it differs in that users create avatars which they use to walk around and interact with a virtual replicate of the real world (in this case Tokyo’s Shibuya shopping district).

Although membership to Chipuya Town is free, companies and marketers will have a major presence. Players will earn currency— called Grooves— by signing up friends, playing games and interacting with marketing materials such as promotional events, flyers and billboards. In turn, avatars will be able to purchase everything from apparel to home furnishings in virtual boutiques. We imagine that in the future this application will likely be hyperlinked to the real world, allowing participants to receive virtual coupons for the real world stores and giving them the ability to purchase real world products through their phones.

Article from Trendcentral.com

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A Bad Case of Seesmic Fever

By November 26, 2007

I’ve been pretending since the private beta launch of Seesmic in October that I wasn’t dying for a private beta invitation to test the service. Well, I can no longer mask my obvious envy for those who’ve been granted access. If you haven’t heard (and you will) about Seesmic, it’s a new startup by Loic […]

I’ve been pretending since the private beta launch of Seesmic in October that I wasn’t dying for a private beta invitation to test the service. Well, I can no longer mask my obvious envy for those who’ve been granted access. If you haven’t heard (and you will) about Seesmic, it’s a new startup by Loic Le Meur, a well known European entrepreneur that recently relocated to San Francisco. It can best be described as Twitter video. The larger vision is for it to become an online video/television service where people interact around professional and user generated content. I’m very much into video. In my early career I was a TV journalist. In my current career I am in the planning stages of launching my own web video show. Seesmic would be the perfect outlet. Seems like I’ll have to wait like the rest of you (more than 5,000 on the list). For now, I’ll just admit my jealously every time I receive a link to a Seesmic video posted by one of my friends who snagged one of the first 300 invitations.

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Nissan’s Magical Electric Paint Changes Colors on the Fly

By November 9, 2007

While this post may not fall into the interactive space, it is about putting the customer in control and is just flat out COOL!You’ve probably been there. You get all excited about buying a car and then a short while after making the purchase, you regret the color choice. Sure, you still love your sleek […]

While this post may not fall into the interactive space, it is about putting the customer in control and is just flat out COOL!You’ve probably been there. You get all excited about buying a car and then a short while after making the purchase, you regret the color choice. Sure, you still love your sleek black Nissan 350Z, but then you see a gorgeous blue number fly by and wish you went with that paint job instead. Soon, you may not have to choose.

Nissan is working on some sort of self-healing paint system that can actually change color based on your mood. Just flip the switch on the dash and your Sentra goes from white to red to black to whatever other color you want. It’s not a whole new paint job; the actual paint itself is changing color. This is achieved because the paint is a polymer-based substance with tiny iron oxide particles. You can manipulate these particles with an electric current and based on the distance between the particles, we perceive a different color.

You’ve got to wonder about insurance issues, though, because while the “default” color is white, what would it read on your registration papers? What about a high-speed chase where the car keeps changing color?

Original article/post found at http://www.mobilemag.com/content/100/354/C13813/.

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What’s All This Talk About OpenSocial

By November 2, 2007

There’s been a lot of chatter in the blogosphere in the last couple of days about OpenSocial. It’s an alliance announced by Google, MySpace and a host of other social networks. Essentially it will allow developers to build social applications compatible with all the social networks in the alliance (which as of this writing does […]

There’s been a lot of chatter in the blogosphere in the last couple of days about OpenSocial. It’s an alliance announced by Google, MySpace and a host of other social networks. Essentially it will allow developers to build social applications compatible with all the social networks in the alliance (which as of this writing does NOT include Microsoft, Yahoo, and Facebook). There has been so much written about what this does or doesn’t mean, I thought I’d provide you with a digest of links to some of the best.

Web Strategist Jeremiah Owyang: Explaining OpenSocial to your Executives
An Explanation from Google: The web is better when it’s social
Charlene Li at Forrester: Make social apps more relevant
New York Times Blog: Google’s OpenSocial Is Not a Facebook Killer

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