Have you ever wanted a tiny digital video camera, that’s about the size of a ping-pong ball, with built in MP3 player? No, me neither, but that doesn’t seem to have stopped the DVR Camball getting through the focus groups.
It’s a brave device. Perhaps something a film maker might call “avante-garde”, and what the rest of us would call “weird”. And for some reason they decided to make it spherical too…
In the video above (courtesy of the lovely Sarah Meyers from Pop17), the rumour about YouTube offering live video is confirmed, by none other than YouTube co-founder Steve Chen himself.
Chen claims it will happen in “2008. We’ll do it this year” and that “live video is just something that we’ve always wanted to do, we’ve never had the resources to do it correctly, but now with Google, we hope to actually do it this year.”
With YouTube to offer live video later in the year, that puts a lot of pressure on live-streaming platforms, such as Justin.TV, Ustream…
That is, of course, a wild generalisation. But it captures the essence of Flixwagon, a service that lets you broadcast live videos from your mobile handset to the internet. People can watch your footage on the Flixwagon website, and even post comments for you to see in real-time.
Here’s an intriguing Web 2.0 startup: it’s called Mod My Life, and promises to be a cross between Justin.tv and that Subservient Chicken site that did the rounds a while back.
Justin.tv has announced that anyone can now sign up for an account and being broadcasting live video for free. Started by Justin Kan, who chose to broadcast almost every aspect of his life, 24 hours a day, on the Internet,…
P2P broadcasting service Selfcast has launched a new widget, allowing people to embed their channel in any blog or social networking profile.
It takes the form of a badge that’s available in three sizes: a button, static video image or full-size media player. Selfcast suggests that it could be used by bands to broadcast live gigs on their MySpace profiles, or local councils to embed planning meetings on their website.
In 2006, YouTube became an internet sensation, as thousands of savvy users realised they could grasp their 15 minutes of fame online, armed only with a good idea and a digital camera / webcam / mobile phone. Sure, there’s loads of rubbish on YouTube, but there’s also some killer vids that wouldn’t have been allowed anywhere near a ‘professional’ TV studio.