Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Digital Media and Technology Trends for 2011

In 2010, we witnessed a number of important developments in the world of digital media and technology.  The iPad became the first commercially successful tablet, a new type of computer security threat appeared, and Facebook grew to over 500 million users, just to name a few.   As 2011 arrives, here are trends I will […]

Enabling Interactive Concert Experiences With Smartphones

During any concert today, fans are actively using their mobile devices. They are taking photos and videos, sending text messages, posting tweets, and updating their Facebook status.
Using mobile apps like those from Ustream and Qik, a few are even live streaming the show. Taking note of this behavior, a compelling opportunity exists to use […]

Improving Music Search With Machine Learning

Popular music search and discovery systems such as Pandora and Last.fm rely primarily upon human entered annotations to properly classify songs for search retrieval.  Though effective, human centric approaches to music classification are labor intensive and the recommendations that can be generated are limited in scope. For instance, a person must know the name of […]

Live Concerts in Your Hand: Big Boi and Blink-182 in Augmented Reality

Recently, Doritos began an innovative campaign, Doritos Late Night, in which you can use a webcam and a bag of chips to see a concert appear in your hands. Bags of Doritos have been printed with a computer vision tracking marker which the webcam detects and uses to render a pre-recorded 3D concert. […]

Mobile Personal Broadcasting: Ustream.tv, Qik, Kyte, Flixwagon

In 2007, the phenomenon of Justin.tv thrust the notion of personal live broadcasting into mainstream internet culture.  Anyone with an internet connection and a USB webcam now has a plethora of options for live broadcasting with sites such as Stickam, Justin.tv, and others. In the mobile arena, Qik, Kyte, and Flixwagon have released applications allowing […]

Microsoft Tag: Hyperlinks in the Real World

Microsoft Research has developed an excellent system for creating mobile readable tags which encode URL’s.  Called Microsoft Tag, it can function as an interesting alternative to short codes.  The technology and its applications are explained in this video.

Microsoft Tag has recently become publicly available at http://tag.microsoft.com/.  Visit http://gettag.mobi/ to obtain a reader for most camera […]


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