Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi. Camera vendors with ill-received camera-to-phone transfer solutions
: take note! 3 Chinese phone vendors have formed an alliance to enable their users to transfer files between their mobile devices with the speed and ease of use along the lines of Apple’s AirDrop – without the need to download third-party apps or consume network data. The data transfer capability taps Bluetooth and Wi-Fi peer-to-peer (P2P), or Wi-Fi Direct, and touts an average transfer speed of 20Mbps. It does not cause disruption of the devices’ internet WiFi connections. Now I just want my camera to talk with my phone this way!
***Fresh from my trip to CES*** (there’s too much to report on, including new cameras announced by Canon
, and new phones by Samsung
, but here a few interesting new products that jumped out at me:
Quibi. The question I always get: What was the most exciting thing at CES? This year, I vote for a service rather than a physical or software product, and one which I believe will fundamentally disrupt how consumers will watch professional video content. At CES Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg unveiled the details of their new startup, Quibi
. What is Quibi? Simply put, it’s Netflix for short-form, mobile-only, video. Quibi will offer on-the-go bite-sized professional movies (or movies in bite-size chapters), documentaries and daily shows of up to 10 minutes.
Why mobile-only? Quibi’s content is created from scratch for smartphone watching, having the opportunity to creatively leverage any or all of the phone’s time clock, gyroscope, light measurement, camera or touch screen functions. Most impressively, all content is shot and edited separately for how the user holds their phone. When the user rotates their phone from portrait to landscape or v.v. the video automatically continues with footage optimized for viewing the video that way.
With Katzenberg’s Hollywood movie industry and Whitman’s Silicon Valley tech industry experience, combined with a laser-sharp focus on producing bite-sized premium content for smartphones, Quibi is slated to succeed in fundamentally disrupting how we’ll all view professionally created video content in the future. Oh, and did I mention they’ve already raised $1.4 billion and sold out their first 12 months of advertising inventory?
Insta360 & Leica. Going modular. 2018 Visual 1st Best of Show Award winner Insta360 announced One R, a modular camera system
that uses Insta360’s video app and gives the user the option to plug in the Insta360 360-degree camera, their GoPro-style action camera or a new wide-angle module with a 1-inch sensor developed in partnership with Leica.
Bosch. Fast forward to the future with a great example of what we call heuristic imaging at Visual 1st – i.e. intelligent machines that make autonomous decisions based on visual data. At CES Bosch introduced the Virtual Visor
, a transparent LCD screen paired with a driver-focused camera used to track the sun shining onto the driver’s face. The system employs AI to locate facial features (including eyes, mouth and nose) in order to track shadows as they move across the driver’s face. A patented algorithm is then used to pinpoint where the driver’s eyes are and selectively block (darken) and unblock sections of the Virtual Visor in real time to prevent the driver looking in the sun. Virtual Visor’s LCD panel darkens only the portion of the visor that the driver is looking at – the rest of the panel remains transparent, opening up a larger field of vision for the driver while blocking the sun.
Bellus 3D. Bellus 3D, last year’s Visual 1st Best of Show winner, is expanding beyond handheld smartphone scanning. At CES the company launched Bellus3D ARC, a multi-camera 3D face scanning solution
that captures commercial grade, full 3D face scans through the click of a single button in less than 3 seconds. Bellus3D ARC is a configurable arrangement of up to seven ARC smart depth-sensing WiFI cameras with no moving parts and requires no movement by the subject.