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CrunchPad – tablet pc

Looking like a big brother to the iPhone, the CrunchPad tablet PC  from Techcrunch is likely to shake up the tablet computing market.

Crunchpad

Crunchpad

At 18 mm thick, the tablet only works when connected to the internet.  The device takes advantage of clever touch protocols that make for efficient and pleasant consuming of content.  Rumoured to be priced at around US$300, the device could become a widely adopted method for reading online content.

As well as possibly becoming the classroom read / write pad, I can also envisage this device being the new way to browse online content while curled up in front of the fire place, as well as a kitchen helper displaying interactive recipe content.

Apple too are in the process of reinventing a tablet device, but it is likely to be released at a significant cost premium to the CrunchPad.  See coverage from Wired here.

Below is a video that shows the CrunchPad in action.

Facebook Page widget

Facebook now let you insert a widget of pages onto other sites such as blogs or websites.

Here’s an example of the BRITA facebook page widget that we have developed.

BRITA fan box

The Fan Box as Facebook call it allows people to become fans of your page with 1 click without needing to visit Facebook.

Augmented Reality Business card

I continue to read with interest the growing number of Augmented Reality applications that are starting to emerge, this one a pretty cool 3D Augemented Reality version of the humble business card.

AR Business Card from James Alliban on

The major limitation of the technology today is the lack of standard Augmented Reality readers, but work is being done to address this.

I can see implications for the Real Estate market.

Via Dean Collins

Tweetreel – Video from Iphone

Since Apple’s release of the iphone 3GS, there has been lots of discussion around the various tools and applications that will help deliver video content from the phones directly to social networks and to the web.

Tweetreel is one such application seen here in use with video stream from the Michael Jackson memorial

Techcrunch also reports of Facebook’s new iphone app which looks set to amplify the delivery of content from iphones to Facebook.

IBM’s Augmented Reality Mobile trial at Wimbledon

IBM has launched an Android based mobile app to “Augment” what is happening at Wimbledon. Taking a live feed from the handset’s camera, it superimposes content and data associated with various points of interest into that video stream. For example live scores, court information etc.

The widespread adoption of 3G and Smartphones has meant that the potential audience for leveraging location (using the phone’s GPS), and supplementing that with value added information is reaching a critical mass.
I think it makes sense to trial new technologies at these type of events.

As long as the “Value Add” of the supplementary information is primary, I think this technology is a great way to engage with consumers.