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Reading the dailydooh article about the digiwalkers on Saturday at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, it was impossible for me not to laugh, since the same day in my hometown, Thessaloniki, Greece in the main square, Aristotelous we had a totally different picture.

I guess that the difference is that we are now under IMF’s and EU’s  supervision and digital era is becoming  science fiction for Greece.

Well if you don’t the solution it’s called Winscape

Who wants to look outside at the same backyard all the time ? The folks at Rational Craft sure don’t, so they’re building Winscape, a “faux window” system that can be controlled with a Wii remote and iPhone app.

Winscape is a virtual window system that can display an accurate, real-time perspective view of a variety of scenery, from the Golden Gate Bridge (used in the video demo below), to an underwater kelp forest, to a Japanese tea garden. The system is comprised of a couple LCDs that are powered by a hidden Mac Pro, which is tuned into the movements of a person in the room holding (or wearing) a Wii Remote. Tilt and turn the remote as you move, and the faux Winscape scenery changes perspective as if you were looking out a real window.

Rational Craft also features a scenery site with more scene options for owners and tips for shooting and composing your own footage.

Rational Craft is targeting an eventual Winscape hardware and software kit price, sans Mac Pro, of $2,500-3,000.

Tel Aviv, Israel, April 14, 2010 – C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions, today announced C-nario Messenger 3.4 – a significantly enhanced version of the company’s flagship digital signage platform. The new version comprises new
Web tools allowing simple content upload and management – via the Web. In addition, C-nario Messenger 3.4 supports the Windows 7 operating system.

C-nario Messenger is a complete digital signage display, distribution and management software platform that provides better-than-broadcast quality playback in any shape, size and resolution. C-nario Messenger is characterized by its superb multi-display playback engine, as well as its advanced management, monitoring and control tools. In addition, the system is based on open architecture, which makes it easy to customize and adapt to different needs. The system’s innovative content creation tools easily help to create displays and cut costs

The new C–nario Messenger 3.4 comprises new web tools allowing simple content upload, scheduling, approval and delivery. Users can use the new version according to their role and authorization level. The Web tools allow simple access via the Web.

One of the Web tools is C-nario Local Web Editor, which enables local control via the Web over a designated zone in the template/layout. A new permissions module is used to define users, roles and their associated access level. Authorized users can update video, images, text, flash, audio and RSS on pre-defined windows. Users can schedule content and arrange playlists inside accessible windows using a new automated, rule-based scheduling module.

Another new Web application is C-nario Media Manager, which allows remote content uploading and approval via the Web. It turns the entire workflow into an automated process, including automatic distribution/delivery to the selected channel. Non-approved content is deferred until approval

C-nario Messenger 3.4 includes new, improved dynamic media items. The new Slideshow feature presents an easy and intuitive workflow, according to pre-defined image flow, for static and dynamic content, either from C-nario Messenger Library or from any designated local or remote folder

The new Multi Streamer supports a rich set of video streaming, including IP cameras, IP streamers and other standard sources. The new version also allows the integration of full Web pages into the C-nario digital signage system

C-nario Messenger 3.4 includes advanced Web Feed Reader, allowing replacement of video files, based on tags, scripts or low-resolution files. In addition, it can easily parse XML data feeds, using very simple scripting, resulting in a quick and reliable scripting, which leads to a very fast and simple integration of dynamic data feeds.

“The new version of C-nario Messenger extends C-nario’s leadership position in the global digital signage market,” said Yael Elstein, C-nario’s Vice President Marketing. “C-nario Messenger 3.4 demonstrates C-nario’s commitment to its customers in developing simple online tools and features that meet the growing demand of digital signage users for simple content management tools.”

via C-Nario

Are you fed up with multi-touch screens? How about multitoe floor?  An entire floor to practice your foot-based inputs on?

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Researchers at Potsdam’s, Germany, Hasso Plattner Institut have put together a multitouch floor that recognizes individual users by their shoe pattern and responds to such universally familiar actions as stomping your feet and tapping your toes.

We based our design on frustrated total internal reflection because its ability to sense pressure allows the device to see users’ soles when applied to a floor. We demonstrate how this allows us to recognize foot postures and to identify users. These two functions form the basis of our system. They allow the floor to ignore inactive users, identify and track users based on their shoes, enable high-precision interaction, invoke menus, as well as track heads and allow users to control several multiple degrees of freedom by balancing their feet.

I think that the time that the stores would begin their ads by “reading” our toes is not far away. Digital Signage at your toes.

So stop typing and start tapping

via Engadget

Sharp during CES  was the only one, between the big constructors of TV sets, that didn’t announced a 3DTV. Trying to catch-up, they’ve unsurprisingly announced that they’re working on 3DTVs for a Japanese launch this summer.

As they say in their press release :

The newly developed 3D LCD by Sharp offers a radical new solution to the above problems by combining four of Sharp’s unique, one-of-a-kind LCD technologies, including UV2A technology, Sharp’s core technology for LCD TV panels, four-primary-color technology, FRED technology, and side-mount scanning LED backlight technology. This LCD is optimized for 3D TV, as screen brightness when displaying 3D images is 1.8 times higher than that of the conventional displays, and crosstalk is extremely low. Sharp’s four-primary-color technology utilizes four primary colors, adding Y (yellow) to the three conventional primary colors of R (red), G (green), and B (blue). This technology contributes to brighter, more vivid colors thanks to higher light transmission efficiency through the panel and a wider color gamut (range of colors that can be reproduced), which had been difficult to attain on conventional three primary color displays.

Other countries will follow after the Japanese retail launch.

If you ask me, I will wait when somebody invents an apparatus like the 3DTV in Paycheck as it is seen at 00:00:20″ of the following trailer.

[via Akihabara News ]

For those who don’t know Eyefinity , its a technology from AMD that first appear in September 10,  2009.  This technology supports grouping of multiple monitors into a “single large surface” (SLS), treated by the OS as a single monitor with very high resolutions, as an inexpensive alternative for ultra-high resolution display solution. First edition VGA cards from AMD supports maximum 3 monitors . So if you combine 4 cards in a single computer you can get 12 monitors .  This is amazing. But if i tell you that you can have 24 monitors on a single pc ??!!!  Here it is,the Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition.

This single card can support six monitors with display port connection . It haves 2 GB GDDR5 RAM with dual DAC’s and its a MONSTER.  So as i say before, imagine combine again four of this cards. You get a video wall that you can use with your Digital Signage software!!

The price ?

Not announced yet..but I’ll bet  this thing will cost more than 800$