Saturday, January 20, 2007

Video Hyperlinking

Today, I stumbled upon Video Hyperlink demo from Microsoft adLabs. I find this to be a very important step in online video though this innovation seems to be natural progression.

I feel the emergence of technology with the ability to instrument code (possibly through plugins) to customize players during playback will be seen. In other words, player runtime will have a programmable context within player component to execute some code during playback. I think Adobe Flex framework provides this today and Scott Guthrie of Microsoft gave some hint of video based techonology being part of XAML might be shown during Mix 07. Also, quite naturally the need for metadata at a frame level either with inherent support in video format or through external DAM systems. For example, Canto Video Suite allows video metadata annotation at a frame level.

IBM alphaWorks has a tool which allows MPEG-7 video sequences to be annotated.
Lets wait and watch the digital excitement!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Go Green - the tech way!

Importance of going Green and reducing fuel consumption has never been more important considering geo-political reasons and the sheer limitation of oil resources. These are some tips on how technology can be used:

  • Shop Online - Avoid a car ride to bookstore. You get slick deals too!
  • Pay your bills online
  • Sign up for electronic statements instead of paper statements for credit card, bank, etc.
  • Look for a book online in Google Books, Text Archive, etc.
  • Get your TimeSelect or ePaper online subscription avoid buying real newspaper
  • Avoid face-to-face meetings by using online conference tools like WebEx, Microsoft Live Communicator
  • Use mapping tools to find most efficient route : MapQuest, Google Maps , Live Local
  • Use Power off / Hibernate features of your OS. There are some many "choices" for this..

I believe technology is bringing significant impact in reducing fuel consumption. I believe with the spread of social awareness for conserving energy, we will see new and innovative patterns in generation/delivery/consumption of energy

Update: YahooMaps with Live Traffic and Yahoo! Autos - Green Center!

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