Category Archives: mobile

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Move over Snap: Facebook is the camera company to beat

It’s the platform, stupid Just as the world finally figured out why Snap relabeled itself as a camera company, last week Facebook proclaimed it’s not just a camera company, it’s a camera company built on the world’s ambitious augmented reality platform. Let’s add some perspectives to their F8 announcements: Recently, Facebook has put its camera front and center in its various properties (not just Instagram, but also Facebook, Messenger, and WhatsApp). For instance, in Messenger, this changed the traditional texting workflow, which normally starts with…

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The unstoppable rise of Stories

Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but visual stories must be worth more by some mega-factor, judging by the success of Snapchat’s Stories feature and Instagram’s copycatted Stories equivalent, as well as the relentless pace and determination with which Facebook is rolling out “Stories” in all its properties (Facebook Stories, Instagram Stories, WhatsApp Status, and its recently announced Messenger Day). So what are Stories? Stories are akin to slideshows, consisting of video clips, photos, text, animations, or various graphics, which can be shared with selected…

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The five most interesting product launches at Mobile World Congress (Barcelona) and Business Forum Imaging (Cologne)

Nostalgia, minimalistic product design, and a new approach for connecting DSLRs to the cloud Mobile World Congress Nokia 3310 – As discussed previously, today’s infatuation with instant printing reflects consumers’ desires – not just for instant and more personal ways to share their photos, but also for nostalgic retro products. At Mobile World Congress, Nokia (actually HMD Global, the company licensing the Nokia brand) announced the Nokia 3310, a modern variation of the iconic Nokia feature phone. Light – While the Nokia announcement got all the attention, a startup called Light (not to be…

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You Are Brilliant and You Want More Exposure

Every second of every day, people around the world are publishing research papers and launching new startups that leverage computer vision, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Researchers and professors want their work to be noticed in the midst of a flood of new work. Entrepreneurs want to build valuable businesses, get covered in Techcrunch, Wired, Wall Street Journal, want to raise financing and want happy customers. We want to help you! We have been organizing the premier annual visual technology summit since 2014 called the…

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Snap is a camera company

At a time of uncertain public statements, caught between fake news and alternative fact, Snap can certainly be called a camera company. But days before it’s very publicized IPO- the first for a photo app – the truth about Snapchat, along with it’s previously hidden operating cogs, reveals much more. Snap is a camera company states the official public offering, which just happens to have built its success on everything else but a camera. If Snap is indeed a camera company, it is indeed a very bad…

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From Artificial Intelligence to Intelligent Imaging

Last year at Mobile World Congress I expected the buzz to be about smartphone innovations. Instead, what most people talked about was IoT, the Internet of Things. My highlight was brushing my teeth with the Oral-B Genius smart toothbrush at one of several sinks lined up in the company’s booth. The idea was: you plop your smartphone onto the mirror with a provided suction cup and the toothbrush’s position detection technology uses your smartphone’s camera as well as the brush’s motion sensors to track how…

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What Snapchat, GoPro and Giroptic have in common

At CES a few weeks ago, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman raised eyebrows by proclaiming that GoPro is being repositioned as a smartphone accessory company.  A few months earlier, photo app developer Snapchat announced a similarly surprising shift by repositioning itself as a camera company (to signify the move, the company changed its name to Snap).  Meanwhile, digital camera vendors are still struggling to be relevant for the mobile world where the vast majority of today’s photo engagement is occurring. So does it make sense for…

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The Cyclope’s IPO

Snapchat’s impending IPO is significant as it is the first photo-based business to become public. Unlike Instagram, who preferred the welcoming arms of Facebook along with its pocketbook and audience, Snap is looking for the stock market for validity and growth fuel. Part of it might be due to investors’ pressure to cash in (Snapchat funding is over $1,5 billion), worried that the app might just be a generational fad. Nevertheless, for the visual tech world, this is a first to keep an eye on.…

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2016 Mobile Photo Connect Awards go to Funimate, Keepy, Regaind, and Beamr

At Mobile Photo Connect 2016, the premier conference for executives and entrepreneurs in the mobile photography ecosystem, a panel of high-powered industry players presented the four Mobile Photo Connect Awards to the most outstanding among 31 products competing in the event’s three show-and-tell sessions. The Mobile Photo Connect 2016 Awards winners are: Best of Show Award: Funimate, by Funimate Best Business Potential Award: JPEGmini, by Beamr Best Technology Award: Keegan, by Regaind Special Recognition Award: Keepy, by Keepy Turkey-based Funimate offers a video editing app that enables users to create highly engaging videos,…

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Innovative entrepreneurs to participate in “The Future of Visual Storytelling” panel at Mobile Photo Connect

As an industry, we’re still grappling with the fact that today people primarily take photos with their smartphone, store them in many places (phone, cloud, tablet and PC) and expect the ability to share them in interesting ways with friends, family, or the world at large.  We’re still searching for the best ways to serve and monetize these fast-evolving demands through apps or services, and to figure out how our offerings must adapt to stay relevant in the months and years ahead. At Mobile Photo Connect…

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