Survey time!

21 01 2009

It has been a pleasure to write the blog and read the comments from you, the readers. If you don’t mind, please tell us more about you using this form I made with Wufoo and let’s talk more about interactive stuff. 🙂

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YooStar – the next Wii?

8 01 2009

[UPDATE] Somebody just posted the CES opening video clip on Youtube. I have embedded it at the end of this post for your convenience.

This is absolutely amazing. YooStar just made its debut @ CES today. Personally, I think YooStar could be the next Wii and many families will soon have the YS systems in their living rooms and/or bedrooms and grandparents will buy these for their grandchildren as birthday gifts.

What is YooStar? If you are familiar with the concept of “Karaoke”, you can think of YooStar as “movie-oke”.

With Yoostar, you can insert yourself into famous movie clips with minimal efforts, right in your living-room. From what I have read on the site, the package comes with a (video) camera, a green screen, and software which you can install on your PC or MAC. You can pick which role you want to perform in which movie, the camera will record your performance against the green screen, then the software will insert you into the movie clip and even upload it to a website for you to share with your friends. Check out the keynote speech video (starring the CEO of CES) here. More about the price and details here.

The concept is simple and fascinating, isn’t it? I think so. But does it mean the product will be a guaranteed success? Hard to say before we look at it more closely. Similar products had come and gone before. The video creation station got lots of attention at first but you just don’t hear about it any more. I think whether Yoostar will be a success depends on the following:

[+] If the system actually works. We haven’t seen the real product yet, so we don’t know if the hardware and the software works yet. In my opinion, it doesn’t need to be as sleek as iPhone, but it needs to be (close to) as easy as AIM. Compatibility with different OS-es and platforms is also key.

[+] PR and advertising efforts. Since they are already out @ CES, I have no worries here.

[+] Selection of movie clips. Users need to have easy access to almost all the movies just like how iTunes is offering all the songs. This will assure the system is actually interesting to everybody, at all ages.

[+] Social media aspect. The site where the users can share their performances needs to be a YouTube plus some features of Facebook. I imagine users will continue using the product only when they start acting competition among family and friends. Again, this is still unknown to me.

As I am writing, YooStar is getting a lot of attention from the press. If everything works out, we’ll be seeing the system for sale in BestBuy in 3 to 4 months. I cannot wait.





Visa interview

20 07 2007

After I stood in the first line for over an hour, the second line for about 10 minutes, the third line for about 40 minutes, then sat and waited for about 20 minutes, finally my number was called and it was my turn to be talked to a visa officer.
“Can you explain what a Flash designer is?” he asked. Well prepared as I was, I said, “I use Flash, which is a computer program, to design. blah blah.” Without even paying attention to my words, he was working on my documents and it took less than a minute for him to throw a green notice (approval notice) and an “Enjoy your day.” to me.

[+]经验:(老生常谈:)
地铁2号线石门一路(南京西路)1号出口,出来左转,到江宁路过马路,梅陇镇伊势丹二号门外排队。排的时候注意那一带同时有4,5条队,不要排错了。
核心的材料就那么几个:护照。两联申请费收据。一份网上英文填好生成的DS-156,正反面打印,贴一张照片,最后签名,第6、7、8、9、15、20和21栏用中文手写一些与英文信息相同的内容(包括姓名电码)。一份英文填好的DS-157(电子版打印出来的不灵,好多东西都写不下)。I-797原件。(H1-B是不需要填158表的,哈哈哈哈。)
带的一枝笔在填写邮局递送单的时候用上了。

[+]教训:(下次改进:)
临走的时候不应该把伞放在家里,排队的时候是在室外,而且中午十二点最热的时候,一排就是一个多小时。。。下次去带个手持的小电扇,或者哪怕带点水喝也是好的呀。
另外上海是不叫名字的,所以一天中几点去根本没有关系,我的感觉中午排队时间最久--办理的速度慢而来排队的人多。下次要么上午11:00左右去,要么2:00左右再去。

[+]花费:(我的,可供参考)
拍照 ¥50, 踩点路费¥6,打印表格(免费),交申请费路费¥8,申请费¥780,自取签证交费¥20(如果让邮局寄到家里就是¥35)。





Manifesto – Interactive Section

25 06 2007

Section, 剖面,截面:Representation of a solid object as it would appear if cut by an intersecting plane, so that the internal structure is displayed. In design-related fields, sections are widely used as 2-D drawings to represent 3-D space or object. 横断面固体被交错的平面切割后,显示出其内部结构的表现形式。在设计中被广泛用以二维的图来表示复杂的三维物体或空间。

Interactive, 交互,互动:Acting or capable of acting on each other. Often used to refer to human-computer interactive in digital era. 互相作用的或者能够互相作用的。在电子时代常指人机互动。

Sections represent the inner, while interactions respond to the outside.

对于世间万物,剖面表本体之内,而互动则发生在本体与外界之间。

This weblog is about me, micro-me and macro-me.

以此博客,探求我自己,我的内涵与外延。