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. 🙂


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.



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.


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