Media & Entertainment (173)
Downtime speed read
In the Netherlands “Vertragingsapp” (or the ‘Delay’ app) offers you short stories on your mobile device based on the time of your delay on public transportation. After you have entered the expected time delay, you can browse stories from well-known authors and read it within that time.
Why it matters
Whilst the app promotes authors, it also caters to consumers by tailoring media to their everyday needs. Is this a new trend whereby TV show lengths may be reduced to 15 minutes or where movies will need to include intermissions for today’s time-poor audiences? Are there other services or products that would be better suited to consumers if they took into account time restraints?
Hitachi has developed a gesture-controlled TV that removes the need for a remote control, allowing watchers to operate the TV simply by waving their hands. The embedded camera sensor recognises hand motions, allowing you to turn it on and off, change channels and control the volume simply by waving horizontally or vertically.
We live an increasing amount of our lives online, but what happens after we are gone? What will happen to all our photos, blogs and social network accounts? Until now our digital identities have lived on without us, leaving our loved ones powerless to control or close them. Webwill is a new service that puts you in control even in the afterlife, allowing users to prepare messages on Twitter, Facebook and Myspace which will be automatically updated if they come to an untimely end.