Archive for the ‘CoolStuff’ category

Google interviews Lady Gaga

March 24th, 2011

Lady Gaga interviewed by Google's Marissa Mayer

It’s not every day a big tech company scores a sit-down interview with an über celebrity. So when that big tech company is Google, and when the über celeb is Gaga, people take notice.

To my surprise, this 73-minute video is actually a pretty good interview. Using questions pulled from the Google Moderator page on Gaga’s YouTube channel, Google’s Marissa Mayer leads a great interview. Gaga talks seriously about her rise to fame with interesting details about what it’s like to be one of the most famous people in the world.

As Alexia Tsotsis notes on TechCrunch,  “the entire interview was shockingly relevant to Google’s core competency, namely YouTube and search.”

I didn’t expect to ever be showcasing a Gaga video via this blog, but for anyone interested in the business of Gaga, the person and how Google fits in to her celebrity, this video is worth watching.

Video: What Augmented Reality looks like on the iPad 2

March 15th, 2011

Fans of augmented reality (AR) won’t want to miss developments coming from German company Metaio who has put together a very cool demo using the iPad 2.

“We were really surprised to see how powerful the 3D hardware is,”  the company’s CTO Peter Meier told TNW. “It allows us to create really sophisticated virtual content and interaction concepts.”

The company believes tablets introduce new and great opportunities for AR, including businesses who could use it for professional uses such as sales, training and maintenance. For those who missed a recent example of AR being used in this fashion, check out this video.

“AR will become a part of our daily lives, when AR experiences meet people, where they spend most their time: inside their homes or inside their workspaces,” Meier told TNW. “The iPad is perfectly built for AR shopping and AR casual games.”

The Junaio AR browser is expected to launch for iPad 2 soon, but here is a demo video showing what it’s capable of:

[Cross-posted on Future of Media]

Video: Steve Jobs’ first TV appearance

February 9th, 2011

This video is really entertaining. The man famous for his composure is seen in this video (supposedly his first TV appearance) and he’s more nervous than you’ve ever seen him.

It’s from 1978 or so, so he would have been about 23 years old. The interview was done with KGO in San Fran. Check it out:

[HT Electric Pig]

German magazine uses augmented reality in cover

August 19th, 2010

The German magazine called Sueddeutsche Zeitung has created what it calls the “the world’s first mobile augmented reality special magazine edition.”

The technology is called augmented reality and it’s really quite remarkable what is possible when it’s used in conjunction with a newspaper or magazine.

Stay hungry, stay foolish

June 23rd, 2010

Apple’s Steve Jobs has always been someone I found fascinating. As a PC nerd growing up, I always found a strange admiration for the guy who created a Mac.

Jobs is an interesting character. He’s brilliant, funny, very well spoken and a strong leader. One only has to look at the long list of very successful businesses under his belt to recognize he is not an ordinary person.

But that is the business world. Today, I stumbled upon a video of Jobs speaking at Standford University during the university’s 114th Commencement. While the video is now dated (it was shot June 12, 2005), it showed me a side of Jobs I have never seen, and one that is quite personal and revealing.

During his speech, Jobs talks about the most important and defining moments of his life and how they shaped him into the person he is today. The video is 15 minutes long, and when I started watching I thought to myself There is no way I am going to sit through 15 minutes of a graduation speech. But as I continued to watch, I couldn’t pull myself away.

As Jobs often does with his speeches, he transitions seamlessly between thoughts and points and leaves you wanting more.

Without saying too much more, I feel the urge to share this video here because the words are inspirational, intriguing and offer an important reminder for all of us: Live life to its fullest. Stay hungry, stay foolish.