Archive for February 25th, 2011
Zipcast is Slideshare’s newest tool that allows users to conduct a Web meeting while presenting online. Zipcast is built on the new Web Sockets feature of HTML 5. It runs fully in the browser using HTML5 technology and doesn’t require any downloads or proprietary software to run. Users can give a voice-over and video presence to the presentation and to control when the slides change. In addition, your audience can chat about the presentation in real time. I think Zipcast is a great addition to Slideshare and it is a simple, free way to coordinate an online meeting.
Like Slideshare, it is free if you are conducting public meetings and do not mind for a few ads during the public meetings. The good thing is that the free version still allows for unlimited viewers. If want a private meeting without ads via password protection, you can purchase a Slideshare Pro account starting at US$19 per month.
Ford of Britain recently launched an augmented reality campaign featuring the new 7 seat Grand C-MAX car at shopping centers in the UK. This is the first outdoor augmented reality campaign to use 3D depth imaging technology in the UK.
The campaign allows people to handle and explore 3D ‘virtual’ models of the cars on screen and in the palm of their hand. Rather than using a printed marker or symbol as a point of reference for interaction, the user interface is based on natural movement and hand gestures allowing any passerby to immediately start interacting with the screen content. A Panasonic D-Imager camera accurately measures the users real-time spatial depth output and Inition’s augmented reality software merges this real life footage with the 3D photo-real Grand C-MAX on screen. Users can interact with the car simply by holding their hands up to the screen. Virtual buttons allow the user to choose the color of the car, open doors, fold the seats flat, turn the car 360 degrees and select demos of the car’s key features. The campaign video was quite impressive. You can see it here yourself.