Issue No.01 - January-March (2009 vol.16)
Published by the IEEE Computer Society
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MMUL.2009.16
<p>This article features some of the latest advances in multimedia technology.</p>
Online Video Service
Veeple is an interactive video Web service that lets users make online videos clickable though the use of embedded Web links, logos, text, and graphics. This Flash-based player lets the viewer choose several configuration options to place all general and interactive functionality within the video window. Reportedly, as the video is shared across the Web, all the player's functionality remains intact.
The Veeple service lets the content owner add contextually relevant and interactive rich media to videos. Owners can insert targeted, clickable advertising into videos, generating ad revenue. Interactive videos posted around the Web can drive traffic back to the video owner's site.
Veeple's analytics engine enables monitoring the performance of the interactive spots, ad placements, and viewer behaviors. A metrics reporting service is offered as part of the Veeple service.
For more information visit http://www.veeple.com.
Four-Gbyte Graphics Card
Nvidia's Quadro FX 5800 graphics card offers 240 parallel, programmable Compute Unified Device Architecture (CUDA) cores and 4 Gbytes of graphics memory. Other features of the Quadro FX 5800 include interactive 4D modeling with time-lapse capabilities, memory bandwidth of up to 102 Gbytes per second, fill rates that exceed 52 billion texels per second, geometry performance of 300 million triangles per second, support for current OpenGL and Microsoft DirectX 10 applications, and multisystem and multidevice visualization environments with Quadro G-Sync II. The Quadro FX 5800 GPU features 10-bit color, enabling billions rather than millions of color variations.
The Quadro FX 5800 graphics board costs $3,499. For more information visit http://www.nvidia.com.
WowWee's Rovio is a Wi-Fi-enabled, mobile webcam that users can control remotely using a Web-enabled device. A built-in camera and microphone stream video and audio to users, letting them view and interact with the webcam's environment, surveying dwellings or workplaces remotely.
The Rovio features the TrueTrack navigation system, which enables the device to locate the position of objects in its environment and navigate from place to place. This navigation system lets users store waypoints so the Rovio can navigate itself down a path to a chosen spot. Navigation into multiple rooms requires additional TrueTrack room beacons, which are sold separately and plug into a standard wall outlet. The mobile webcam features self-docking capabilities, allowing it to return to its charging dock. Featuring omnidirectional, three-wheeled motion, the device has a head-mounted (640 × 480-resolution) camera that streams video and can take, store, and send photos. A built-in LED headlight helps users guide the device in dim lighting conditions.
The Rovio mobile webcam costs $299 and comes with a charging dock, rechargeable NiMH battery pack, USB cable, and AC adapter. Visit http://www.wowwee.com for more information.
Photo Recovery Tool
Acute Tools' Photo Nose v3.0 photo-recovery software lets users recover lost, deleted, formatted, or corrupted photo and video files. Running on Windows, Photo Nose works with digital cameras, memory card readers, and other storage devices to perform the photo retrieval. The v3.0 update features the ability to list images of recoverable files rather than their thumbnails.
The latest version of the software is available as a free trial. If the user decides to recover the found photos, he or she can purchase a license for $29.95 for the standard version or $49.95 for the professional version. For more information visit http://www.acutetools.com.
DeskShare's Text Speaker reads documents aloud in human-sounding voices or converts them into MP3 or WAV format for later playback. The speed at which the software reads aloud can be increased or decreased to match the needs of the user. The word currently being spoken is highlighted on screen. Native voices are available in English (with a variety of accents), French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean.
Text Speaker's word processing features let users open and save Microsoft Word documents and edit documents on a computer that doesn't have a word processor installed. Text Speaker also reads and edits rich text, text, and HTML files, and works with different voice publishers, including AT&T Natural Voices.
A free trial version is available from DeskShare. Or the software can be purchased for $29.95. For more information visit http://www.deskshare.com.
Open Source Social Networking
Tog is a customizable and extensible open-source platform designed to help developers add social networking capabilities to Ruby on Rails applications. Reportedly, any Web 2.0 application can be created within Tog. These applications include photo repositories, blog engines, and content-management systems.
For more information visit http://www.toghq.com.