EuroITV 2008 day 2

Day two of the conference is coming to an end. The best paper was just awarded, called ‘Usages of the secondary screen in an interactive environment’, i.e. how can one use mobile phones together with interactive television. Pretty interesting stuff, read up on it if you have the chance.

Many of the presentations today have however just given me a big ‘why?’-feeling – some of the things people are doing and researching into simply seem really not worthwhile. A coffeetable with which you can change tv channels? Why? A new interface to change channels on tv and adjust the volume? Why? A 3D world – fairly low on graphics – as an interface to YouTube? For the love of God, why? Is anyone ordering these things? Is anyone buying them? Does anyone need them? Does anyone want them? I don’t know. Perhaps I’m just being too harsh.

EuroITV will be held in Belgium next year, in Loeven. Year after that, Tampere.

Note to self: when your newfound friend pulls out a full bottle of vodka at 2 o’clock in the morning, I do not HAVE to drink all of it. I can, but it’s not worth it.

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