X2 is a next generation viewing platform and uniform interface for your cable viewing experience that you see on your TV, computer, or mobile device via Comcast’s Xfinity app. It boasts more personalization, better recommendations, and a fully personalized homescreen that includes information from mobile apps, recently recorded DVR content, and so on.
You can also pull your social networks or websites onto your TV if you’re into that kind of thing. It sounds very similar to what Samsung offers on its SmartTV platform, but the biggest takeaway from Comcast is you don’t have to save your DVR’d stuff to a hard drive. You can get it on the cloud. Comcast says the update will roll out later this year.
This is a great effort of the team behind the X2 platform. They have a audience and a motivated team that can really push the boundaries. What is also interesting is that Comcast is evolving into a more data driven and technology based company. This sounds like an inevitability for other technology, content and distribution companies. Because the next generation of television will be personal easy and well designed. The next step is building this into a television set.
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts took the stage Tuesday, June 11 at the Cable Show in Washington, D.C. Watch his keynote address as he unveils the company’s latest innovations, including X2, the next step in the evolution of the X1 Platform.
As users of the latest generation of mobile devices become more demanding of there expectations. So digital content formats need to evolve, become richer and let the user experience the content. Imagination is not really the factor that defines the experience of the content format. History has actually taught us that an under educated industry and new technology are the limiting factors in creating and distributing content. This is a major problem but also un-leases great freedom of creation. Also fear limits creative bandwidth that established publishers are willing to open up too experimentation. This in turn leaves most mobile content consumers underwhelmed. But thankfully this leaves a wide open space for new experiments. Take the three companies and their products below for example.
Stampsy is the name of the company and the content format. It is a content platform and creation tool that is designed for touch screen devices. The development and design team have made some tough choices on functionality and user experience. But have been able to create a powerfull creation suit for tablets and other touchscreen devices. This lowers the barrier to start creating amazing and well designed editorial content that lives on the wwweb. Look out Adobe!
In the same realm of online design and distribution of editorial quality content we have Readymag. Being less focussed on touch screen creation from within the mobile app. Readymag blurs the lines between digital magazines and traditional websites. The line has been blurring for a while but we hope te see an increase in high-quality editorial on the web partly thanks to Readymag. One last thing that was interesting about Readymag is the ability to create paywalls. Making the difference between premium native-apps and a website also harder to see.
Last but not least we have PRSS. From the makes of the widely acclaimed digital magazine TRVL. The people behind PRSS are currently working hard on this tool to facilitate creation, layout and design of editorial content. This also happens, just like Readymag, in a browser and is also aimed at premium publishers. But seeing as this space is hotting up quickly we hope PRSS has a few more surprises up its sleeve.
Skycons were designed for Forecast by those wacky folks at The Dark Sky Company, and were heavily inspired by Adam Whitcroft’s excellent Climacons. The source code is available on Github, and has been released into the public domain, so please do with it as you see fit!
Hopscotch is an app that teaches kids how to work with and manipulate code. The team behind Daisy the Dinosaur, created an touchscreen development environment to teach kids how to program. Kids unleash their creativity with this beautiful, easy-to-use visual programming language.
Inspired by MIT’s Scratch, the Hopscotch programming language works by dragging and dropping method blocks into scripts. When you’re done with a script, press play to see your code in action! As you get more advanced, you can add more objects and use custom events, such as shaking and tilting the iPad, to run your code.
Watch this presentation by one of the team members behind Hopscotch
Why is teaching how-to code important? By the year 2020, there will be a projected 1.4 million computer jobs but only 400,000 Computer Science students. Computer Science is among the highest paid college degrees and programming jobs are growing at 2x the national average.
Many of the best coders fell in love with programming as kids at the age of 8, 10 and 12 years old. With Hopscotch, kids can build and perfect their own creations while obtaining an understanding of the fundamentals of computer science.
Bohemian Coding is a company that’s been developing great-looking apps since 2008. Sketch in its entirety is a wonderful and useful app, and makes a great companion if you find yourself having to draw a lot of vectors (for example, designing an icon set) and then having to paste them in to add layer styles into Photoshop.
Sketch 2 includes a slew of graphic-design related features wich make, Bohemian Coding’s brand new app a excellent alternative to anything Adobe offers.
Expect Labs is a technology company based in San Francisco. We are building a technology platform to enable applications to pay attention continuously and better anticipate our needs.
As a first exploration of the potential for this technology, we are launching an iPad app called MindMeld. MindMeld is the first voice and video calling app that can actually understand your conversations to make it easy to find and share related information as you talk.
“In many cases, active screen real estate is limited and we need more information to understand what is going on. NewsFlash is a collaborative way to experience news events from around the world. The public display shows only the well-designed frontpages of newspapers. The article text is not resolvable. In this sense, there are three aspects to the Newsflash installation. It was debuted at the MIT Media Lab member week.”
Fueled by his desire to excite, innovate and create a deeper connection between the audience and the music, internationally acclaimed producer has teamed up with us to create “Reactable Gui Boratto”, a captivating and cutting edge way to interact with some of Gui’s greatest hits
This album app allows you to enjoy his music, and, at the same time, enables you to create your own version of each track. You can also combine all the tracks together to create something new and unique.
What is truly different lies in its performance feature, where you actually see how the track is being played and step in to add effects, change loops, change anything you want, just like if you were performing Gui’s tracks along with him.
The songs were hand-picked by Gui Boratto himself and include his critically acclaimed hit Beautiful Life, which comes alive step by step, taking you right into the complete yet exclusive version only available to “Reactable Gui Boratto” users.
“Stampsy is the first publishing platform for the iPad that makes the creation of content easy, beautiful, distribution viral, and advertising meaningful. It has taken the blogging revolution to heart, but it doesn’t believe that tools for that revolution are adequate. The company wants to give would-be media people bigger visibility through tools that allow them to effortlessly create a professional-looking media product and publish it on a popular media channel.
For example, the team pointed out during its time on the DEMO stage, one of its users is a teenage girl working as a fashion magazine intern. She wants to quit her internship and use Stampsy to build out her own publishing empire, and they’re more than happy to help her do that.
The company has come up with a different kind of interface for its media, dubbed a “stamp.” Viewing the content in the stamps is like browsing through a beautiful magazine you might have on a coffee table. To add content to the stamp, the author uses Stampsy’s tools, which can be touched, dragged and dropped on a mobile device. But you don’t have to know a programming language to craft and publish your content.”
“An idea of a new gesture that extends scrolling content on a touch-screen. Instead of letting momentum stop the scrolling, you can decide exactly where it should stop. It stops at the point where you flicked it.
It would be great for things like books, blogs, timelines or anywhere where you don’t skim over, but continuously wanna “move forward”. Kinda like paging but within and long scroll. Some apps have a page up/down feature, but I don’t really use it because it moves always the whole height and might cut off a picture or so. With this “flick scrolling” you can decide to where it should move to. The last paragraph or beginning of a picture.
A solution I could see is this: The flick-scroll gesture only works when the page is not moving. So if you first would do a longer scroll movement that uses momentum, then you could scroll however you like (also short movements) until scrolling comes to a halt. Only then you could do either again.”