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Internet Trends 2011 — Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers

There is a brilliant presentation on Internet Trends 2011 by Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. most of this did not come as a surprise to me. Audio will be the next big thing on the internet. We'll talk to computers, control them by voice, will listen to what we like anywhere and anytime but without carrying the mp3 with us and maybe we'll even video talk. Finally, after 20 years in the making. Facetime may have started this revolution already.

And finally, where web 1.0 was content, web 2.0 was personalization, web 3.0 will be localization of all the information available to us. Not "What's relevant to me?" but "What's relevant to me here and now?".
Couple that with mobile commerce and NFC payments or mobile wallets in your smartphone and you'll a totally new boosted E-commerce experience. Maybe we'll start buying things using small charges, ie. micro payments. Instead of buying a whole CD in the 90s, we now buy single songs and apps on iTunes…

No more DVDs

Mind-Blowing Display Created Using 250 Canon DSLRs and Flash Units

the Japanese band androp created a "video"-wall for their video clip using 250 Canon DSLRs and Flash Units. A computer controlled all the flashes in real-time while they played their song in front of the wall. Check the video, which is ubercool, but there is also a making-of video... Way cooler.

Stunning animated GIFs: Cinemagraphs

Of course, movies are great. HD even better. Lytro is the new photography revolution we are all waiting for. But beauty deson't have to be so complicated...

Check out these stunningly gorgeous and simple animated GIFs called Cinemagraphs by Diego Guevara. Absolutely amazing! And I can't get over the fact I can't print them. I've left my window untouched for 30 minutes already, just glancing at an image. It's amazing how the movement totally changes the picture, which is already good and pretty. But the sudden flash of "life" increases the attraction to the picture a 1000-fold! :)

My favorite? The taxi in the window...

An interesting Social Media aggregator that you can use to create a story a subject, and combine content from various sources.

Check Frequently Asked Questions - Using the plug-in you can embed stories on your blog, tumbler, blogger, wordpress and more.

Google Ocean now double in size

Google has teamed with the world's leading Oceanographic institutes to makes the searchable seabed twice its previous size.
Google Earth, Columbia University Map Seafloor Area Bigger Than North America

Differences in today's clouds

Great read on the differences in paradigm between World's three great Clouds at this time: Apple, Google, Amazon:
“It Just Works.”.
Apple's has or will make the cloud invisible, where Google makes it transparant and Amazon visible.


For the bleeding-edge browser design and HTML/CSS3 standards showcase, they created Madmanimation. A browser-based storyboard that shows what pure HTML5 code and CSS3 can do today.

It's not mindblowingly beautiful or shockingly altering the way we interact with web browsers. However, if you realize that there is no line of JavaScript of Flash in that demo and only state-of-the-art CSS3 code was used, then it truly is amazing anyway!

Read more about the techniques used on LukeW. The demo was run An Event Apart in 2011.

Global searches on Google

You need WEBGL to see it. So cool and the platform has an open API.

The Cosmonaut: A Wide-Grip Stylus for Touch Screens by Dan Provost & Tom Gerhardt — Kickstarter

Here is an example of how wide-spread the acceptance of touch interfaces has gone: The Cosmonaut.

Now, special pens are being created for those who regularly want to draw or scetch on a tablet such as the iPad or NOOK or XOOM. And the weird thing: it actually makes sense to me too. It's more accurate, you can change the tip, your screens stays cleaner and your kids won't mess up or destroy the screen with sand on their hands.

Greplin - a personal search engine

Greplin is one of those things we didn't need in the past. At least, only maybe a select few. But today you really need it.

Greplin is a search engine that indexes your sources of important information. Currently it indexes Google services and Google Apps, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox and more sources of personally relevant information. If your company has Google Apps, it can index that too. Great for all your work information!

Some serivices are premium (SalesForce, Basecamp, Highrise), so you'll have to pay a fee to use them, but I believe that it is worth it. Gmail already made it impossible to loose an Email, now Greplin makes it impossible to loose the rest too!

Zite: Personalized Magazine for iPad

Zite is exactly what I was looking for until I saw... it was only for the iPad. Seriously, I'd even consider buying an iPad just for this...

I read a lot of online material. When in college in 1987, I routinely browsed 25 newsgroups each day, every day. Later on, I had my default websites open automatically whenever I'd start my browser. Then there came tabs and MorningCoffee saved me hours of effort. Next, RSS feeds came and saved me the effort of opening the actual website and instead simply browser whatever news articles there had been written or none at all. RSS was a lifesaver because I never go a site anymore if I don't know for sure there is a new article there. Most of the time, I still don't because I read the headline or summary and decide it is not interesting enough.

But what I really want is something like Pulse Reader but nicer, less intrusive. I have NewsRob on my Android and read approx. 200-250 articles on it every day. By "read" I mean of co…

Life-size computer-animated hologram

In Japan they had a sold-out crowd to see a performance of a life-size computer animated hologram. A typical anime girl danced and moved to music by a live band. And the crowd went wild...

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen

Here is a cool idea and invention I could have put to great use about 15 years ago: the Livescribe Pulse Smartpen. Never miss a word. Great! Now they tell me!

Basically it is a normal pen full with high-tech electronics to record what you right with an IR camera and what you say (or those around you) with a sensitive mic. You can download what it filmed and recorded later to your computer and create a so-called "pencast". Brilliant! If only I still used a pen to actually write things down. I rarely use pens. I typ waay faster than I can write and holding a ballpen now cramps my hands.

Anyway, the pen is for sale everywhere. I found it cheapest to get in Germany, through Only €120 for the 2 GB version.

Wave open source next steps: "Wave in a Box"

Since the announcement that Google is gonna stop the Wave development, lots of people have been asking them what will happen to the open source code. Google now let us know they will create a "Wave in a Box". Everything you need to run a small Wave server for yourself. Excellent! Time to dust off some old hardware laying around because I thought Wave was the first real innovation in the Internet since Mosaic added images to hypertext pages. I know will be right but I guess Google and I are simply in the right place but not in the right time.

Aquascript writes with water

Aquascript is a way to write text in the air using water. Like dancing waters to music, sort of, but Aquascript drops down water from jets and writes words in the air that way.

Don't believe me, don't understand or just skeptical? Check out this promotion for safe drinking water done in Paris last March using Aquascript:

The Most Magnetic Material Yet

Scientists have created something that is 18% more magnetic than Iron Cobalt (FeCo). Until now, that was the most magnetic material known to man. The new compound is Iron Nitrogen (FeN) and may disprove our knowledge about how magnetic material can be... :) Coool!

TED: Gaming can make a better world

Great talk at TED 2010 by Jane McGonigal on why Gaming can make a better world. Really good talk that puts a few things in perspective.

I'm ready for my next 'Epic Win'. :) Check out Urgent Evoke.

Dutch Startup Awards 2010

This afternoon, the nominations for the Dutch Startup Awards are invited in Hilversum.

There are a couple great ideas! Like, a jukebox consisting of 22 playlists in different genres, each filled with 22 tracks, selected by specialized DJ’s from Amsterdam. 22tracks provides a quick overview of the latest music, promotes new artists and lets you discover new genres. No registration, no hassle.
Or, which incidentally I had also been thinking of after all my issues with sharing iTunes or playlists. converts and generates playlists for Spotify.

And what to think of, that let's you create and send easy, clear and stylish invoices to your clients without the need to install complicated software. Reminds of the wonderful people at that also just create software that does one thing but does it very well and very easily. :)

Living Stories

There is news in News-land :)

Google opened up their Living Stories pilot with The New York Times and The Washington Post. Here is the idea behind it.

I can't help but that the format and organization of news this way much hints at the existence of a Google Wave behind it... or is that just me?