As a millennial, I'm writing this open letter to all those responsible for publishing video content ... to all the Over-the-top (OTT), Video On-demand (VOD), Cable Providers, and Media Companies out there. What I'm about to say isn't anything new. It's been pondered about for some time now. I hope that this time around, those responsible for the video watching experience do something about it. The fear is brewing that if you are not able to adapt to the changing media landscape you wont survive for much longer.
Dear Video Media Executive ...
Content personalization is a cool thing. Smart technology and algorithms are even closer than you think though. Did you know that there are homes that also predict your behavior? They're called "Smart Homes" … and they are the homes of tomorrow. A smart home is a building equipped with advanced automation systems that can be controlled remotely by your smartphone or computer. That means you are able to check on the Internet if the heating is on and if the dinner is cooked.
How many YouTube celebrities do you know? Yeah that’s right, our beloved YouTube has its own celebrities and some of them are even more famous than award winning artists with stars on Hollywood’s walk of fame. They are growing so much that these YouTube stars are earning more than some mainstream artists in film and music.
As a prolific gadget freak, I have tried my best to obtain every bit of wonderful technology as soon as possible, much to the dismay of my wife and our bank account.
LIFX bulbs collect dust in a corner waiting for me to find the time and a place to install them, a LeapMotion controller awaits some purpose in life sitting on my desk, the “make anything a controller” MaKey-MaKey was used once and I’m not even sure where it is at the moment, plus I’m still waiting for the Sensibo - a pod that lets you control any Air Condition unit from your smartphone - to ship as well as the Peachy 3D printer from Kickstarter. You get the idea.
Facts, facts, facts... and hashtags!
#duckface: A “duckface” was firstly used by Rembrandt in 1630. He wanted this exact facial expression on his portrait. Don’t ask us why...
#selfie: the hashtag “selfie” was used for the first time in January 2011 by Jenniffer Lee who posted a photo of herself on Instagram.
#2000: The 1st modern selfie was taken by the first true camera phone in Japan.
#insta: That’s hard to believe, but only 5% of Instagram’s photos are selfies.
People keep saying that this year is all about wearable technology. We’ve already seen some smart watches, but the huge buzz is around Google Glass. Last week on March 15 and for 24 hours, everyone could finally order a pair of Google Glass. The product was sold out, even though the price seemed to be high. Google hasn’t announced yet how many pairs were sold, but let’s talk about the product itself and its features.