After a good amount of work, our mobile application Memowalk is on the way to get tested. It’s a big release, that will uncover the potential of the Memoways platform and the underlying concepts.
In a few words: the Memowalk mobile application generates a unique and surprising movie out of a recorded path.
You just walk through a neighborhood and our smartphone app tracks your progress and translates your itinerary into a story drawing from the multitude of virtual information held in the ‘augmented space’. All this in realtime! Once your trajectory is translated into a movie you can watch it and see the movies of other people.
Here are the main features of this application:
Please note that the screenshots are not showing the final interface, design and features; as always, changes are already happening… it’s really the first glance on our mobile application we are very proud of. Thanks to Nicolas Goy for his incredible work, both on the iOS and server side.
There are more important and original features we are working on, but those will be revealed in 2014.
We plan to publish the application on the appstore begin of 2014, so stay tuned…
ZERU is an innovative transmedia project: an interactive graphic novel enables the reader to get an individual and immersive journey through a linear story, while a documentary platform is dynamically providing real world footage, bringing facts, interviews and other kind of content relevant to the cause.
The originality of this transmedia project is the bi-directionnal and personalized connection between the two mediums: the interactions of the reader within the interactive graphic novel will let him stay into his own narrative path through the story, while creating a trace that will trigger an individual surprise coming from within the documentary platform. More on that later.
The synopsis of ZERU:
Set on a business trip to Tanzania, a restless Afro-American financier, WALTER, is confronted with the horror of the lives of Albinos, persecuted and murdered by sorcery networks. His path will cross that of BADU, a 10 years old child, hunted like an animal because of the color of his skin. Called to choose between indifference and action, he’ll see his routine trip soon turn into a terrifying nightmare. ZERU is a dark and suspenseful thriller, a merciless hunt that reveals the full horror of a situation rarely tackled by the medias.
While stepping through the chapters of this drama, the reader can interact with visual elements: symbols, parts of the image can be clicked on. The subtle interactions preserve the immersive narrative experience while personalizing the way the story unfolds. The user will be able to interact with some specific visual elements that will change and adapt with sounds and colors.
The reading experience is exploring the native possibilities of the medium that enables it (the tablet or the smartphone): the real innovative and original part of the experience is the connexion to the documentary web platform, through a surprise that will be generated out of the interaction path of each individual reader… This surprise, at the end of the reading, will be the generation of an unique and personalized movie.
This movie will be a starting point for a new exploration of the cause: stories coming from the real world, accessible through this individually generated movie but also by navigating the linked documentary elements over a map, a playlist…
We had the opportunity to pitch the project to a dozen people, coming from the publishing, broadcast or narrative industries. The feedbacks where all very positive and enthusiastic: the story, the esthetics and the interaction concepts made sense for everybody.
On top of that, the project got a prize: ”The ITVS Impact Pixel Market Prize for the Best Social Impact Project was awarded by Jim Sommers, svp content management at ITVS to producer Dan Wechsler, and project manager Ulrich Fischer for Zeru.”
With this financial help and the symbolic impact of the prize we will be able to push the project on step further, in order to get production money to achieve a demonstrator for Q3 2014.
Memoways is the close technical and conceptual partner on this project – we are looking forward bringing this project to life, with the aim to create a concept that could be used by others.
We will roll out lot of new stuff until the end of this year; following lines give a first glimpse on what is coming…
Beams are coming: MemoBeam!
This one will be the biggest new feature.
Imagine an open, interactive & dynamic video feed, that allows the user to navigate through a coherent list of assets, previously created by the content owner.
It’s like having access to an open timeline and to be able to remix, aggregate and embed the result of your own timeline (your filtering choice).
A typical Beam would hold between 10 to several hundreds assets (video pieces, rushes) that have a semantic coherence (like a unique theme with a specific localization).
The biggest difference with what YouTube and others are providing ? The Beams give access to individual assets (and not to closed movies), allowing anybody (from the content owner to the end user) to generate he’s own combination (edit) of those assets.
The editing was never that simple!
The magic? Using words to describe, connect and then combine content into a story… And of course with a custom HTML5 video player.
But that’s not all. Imagine this:
- Beams on a map: the assets will show up on a map, where it is possible to see & play them. By filtering and selecting assets in your way, the map will output… a movie!
- And more surprises: mix & mashup Beams; User Generated Beams…
Brand new mobile application: MemoWalk.
We already have the version 1.0 of our mobile apps (for iOS & Android); the version 2.0 that is under development is a complete rewrite with lots of new features. Like:
- Connect to Beams: get the content that is near the place you are in; get the type of content you are interested in; get access to premium content…
- See the content on a map: the available content is shown on a custom map; you can play the content directly from the map;
- Improved editing engine: with access to more metadata and an advanced, customizable algorithm: the resulting movies will seamlessly fit into your immediate context and adapt to your behavior through our own behavioral pattern algorithm;
- User creation: connect with your Facebook or Google+ account or simply create a user with the Memoways login
And: new design (yes!), Bubble Beams ®, thumbnails, user preferences (language, type of content) etc
Memoways Admin Console: Michi.
Please welcome Michi, our responsive web administration console. Michi means “street” in japanese: your memo way is possible on michi !
With help of this administration console, our customers will be able to:
- administrate the content (the assets), the usages (see our solutions) and the taxonomies (lists);
- create Beams through smart filters; edit & update the Beams;
- get access to statistics and analytics (get you own data usages for the Pay-As-You-Go service);
- administrate the users, editors and team members;
And a huge breathtaking feature: build your own mobile app directly out of Michi, get a mail invitation to install your own app on your mobile device…
Creating your own mobile app’s with your own content was never this simple!
Memoways OS X: Tansa.
Our editing and indexing software will get following new features:
- taxonomy editor (build your own lists);
- Beam Creator (generate your Beams directly out of the application);
- advanced editing features (group editing; weight editing; conditional editing)
By the way: it’s the big brother of Michi, so we called it Tansa. Hello, Tansa ! Michi being the street (the way), Tansa is the inquiry, the question…
Memoways Cloud Services: the pulsing heart of your memory.
The central core of the Memoways platform are our Cloud Services.
- update of our API’s: more power & access to the content & intelligence (metadata);
- update of the web-SDK to be able to “Beam” and to present Timelines (Walks and other Playlists) in an open and embbedable way
But most of the new features of the Cloud Services will not be visible as such: they allow the integration of the Beams and all the other new things that are coming down the road, not so far away anymore.
And that’s not all: as we’ve got a solid financial support lately, more surprises and new features are being integrated in the Memoways Platform, so stay tuned…!
The CTI research projet “Move Your Story” we are working on in partnership with the TAM team at the University of Geneva is evolving and providing first valuable results.
To illustrate the outcomes of this project we did a short video:
Memoways provides a mobile application that creates movies according to the displacements of a person. The “Move Your Story” project will improve the Memoways platform by taking into account the behavior and the current interests of the user. This information will be obtained by analysing the data produced by the different sensors of a smartphone.
Here are two screenshots of 1) the interface of the android app we are using to get behavioral pattern within time, and 2) a presentation of results.
We will include this algorithm within our already existing Android mobile application for Q4 2013.
- map: see assets (content) on the map; get own position and trace; see the recorded path on the map with the chosen audio files;
- audio: play individual audio files (on the map / through a list)
- use scenario: choose the “genre” or type of content you wish to get (drop down list with 2 – 4 choices).
- improved interface (UX & design)
- integration of the behavior algorithm & improvement of the editing engine
- integration of new taxonomies & metadata to improve the editing engine
- more to come…
Here are some screenshots from the other developments of the Android version of our mobile application (map, audio & use scenario).
After few weeks of work, here is the new web site of Memoways !
We are proud of it and hope that you will find ideas, propositions and original concepts that stimulate your imagination.
There are still some missing parts (Memoways Cloud Platform, Downloads, Team etc), and on the opposite too much detailled information. We are continuously working on the content so you can expect that this site will evolve with new & better informations.
We are working on major updates on the back-end application (the Memoways software) and on the front-end side (the visualization of Memoways content on websites).
The Memoways software is now getting automatic updates:
The next important features that will come this month are:
- separation between Workspace view (the “objective” metadata and asset handling) and the Project view (the “subjective” metadata and affiliation of the assets into specific projects).
- search & filtering
Once those two major updates are implemented, the Memoways software will permit a more efficient and precise work.
The plug-in for WordPress is about to be released:
The core functionnality is already implemented (see http://walking-the-edit.net/en/movies/brussels/) but through this plug-in the use will be greatly improved.
I had the opportunity to present Memoways in the Venture Night pitching session at Lift. I had the chance to be coached by very good people (from Accenture & Netinfluence) and, above all, to be helped with magnificent drawings by Anna Cavelleri, who joined our team two weeks ago.
Here is the presentation – the short version (2 minutes):
The long and more detailled presentation (6 minutes):
Those few weeks working on a new way of communicating our project where intense and opened doors to a new horizon for our communication: it is not (only) about technology, but about what to do with it, and why you are doing it…
Some pictures from the presentation:
Here is the whole video of this evening; Memoways appears at minute 22 and at 1 hour and 7 minutes. Enjoy !
Thanks to Lift, to the coaches and to Anna Cavalleri !
And here is the reportage on the venture night preparation with the coaches and the venture night – from Nouvo:
The Memoways application (more about this app here) is still in very early development stage, but already “working” with real world projects, like the adaptations we did this fall in Brussels, Basel and Montreal.
Here are some first screenshots of the main editing interface:
The interface should be quite obvious: you have a liste of assets (the non edited footage), you select an asset on the left side, and you can then “index” (tag) the asset with geolocalisation, give an suggestive name (subject) and affiliate the asset to usages and thematics. Those lists, as seen with those two examples, can be managed and edited by the administrator.
Once the indexing work is completed (geolocalisation, name, usages and thematics) the basics are done and it is possible to export a “package” of content to build a specific version of the WE app for iPhone. This package consists of the audio part of the original assets, together with the metadata that are used by the editing engine in the mobile application.
Two more screens to show a little more: the login screen and the upload window.
More will follow soon !
After a financial support from the OFC / BAK (Swiss Federal cultural funding) this summer, helping us to build up the Memoways application, we just received another Swiss Federal support, from the CTI. To both institutions, a warm “thank you” for the financial help and confidence in our project. Both institutions are giving an important amount of money (for their corresponding financial capacities), so their support becomes even stronger and more important for us.
What is great with those two founding, is that it shows that our project is “compatible” with two, ordinarily separate visions: the cultural politics and the industrial logic. In order to build up a toolset that is generic and open to use outside of a given artistic / esthetic background, we need an open-minded support that is not only focused either on the technical / economic side or only on the artistic / cultural aspects.
A few words about this project, called “MoveYourStory : Automatic and Interactive Mobile Story Creation”, done in close partnership with ISS / University of Geneva.
The MYS project will improve the Memoways toolset by taking into account the behaviour and the current interests of the user. This information will be obtained by analysing the data produced by the different sensors of a smartphone.
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