Tuesday, February 19, 2013

KLM: The Must See Social Map

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Zenith Comment:  Very cool and interactive idea from KLM.  I think more brands will move away from having apps on Facebook and instead bring them back into campaign sites / brand sites - websites allow brands to do more in terms of interactions and also the page is fully branded rather than sharing with other advertisers and Facebook.

Here’s the latest global social media campaign from KLM, and knowing the success of their past, this one has big things to live up to, and at first glance, it delivers in spades… A socially powered ‘Must See Map’ that aggregates everywhere your friends have been in a certain location, along with comments, tips and recommendations from your network.
So what’s new right? Well, not only can you choose your own map area, KLM will send you a high-quality print of the map, including all the social data, so you can get a little old school next time you travel. Slight shame it takes 3 weeks to be delivered, but then again, it’s free! Cool.
Source:  http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/klm-the-must-see-social-map/

Friday, January 18, 2013

StileEye serves up fashion suggestions based on photos you take

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Woman sitting on sofa, trying on shoes

We’ve covered a number of fashion-based startups before, including Russia-based Looksima, which recently landed 15 million rubles ($484,000) in funding from Vesna Investment.
Now, another fledgling startup going by the name of StileEye is officially launching its so-called ‘visual engine for fashion’, after a few months in quiet, public beta.
Indeed, StileEye launched its iOS app way back in October last year, followed by its website a few weeks later, and then Android in early November. “We made the apps available publicly for frictionless beta testing with friends and engagement groups,” explains Sudhir Kumar Singh, co-founder, and VP of Technology at StileEye.
“We didn’t do any PR or drive any attention to the apps,” he explains. “We made the app available so we could invite select individuals to play with it and provide feedback. That helped us in doing a few iterations of front-end and back-end during this testing time, and we are now ready to announce it to everyone.”
StileEye, in a nutshell, allows users to take photos of images from magazines, fashion shows, or everyday life. It then returns dresses and handbags that match the image they snapped, based on color, pattern and so on.
Screenshot 11 520x428 StileEye serves up fashion suggestions based on photos you takeAs you may have guessed by now, this is currently aimed squarely at the female fraternity, and the next iteration will also include tops, skirts, and shoes. But men won’t have to wait long, and the scope of the apps should be extended to guys in six months or so.
The company’s two founders believe that StileEye is a “tipping point experience”, one that no other fashion app or website offers.
A typical use-case could be this. Say you’re walking down a main shopping thoroughfare, or perusing the pages of Vogue, and you spy an item you like. You snap it with your phone and funnel it into StileEye, where you’ll gain access to similar-looking items from retailers around the world. Or you could see something you like online, and by uploading the image, you can match it with other trendsetting outfits from celebrities, or even your social networks.
Screenshot 2 520x427 StileEye serves up fashion suggestions based on photos you take
“The fashion industry presents an interesting challenge – how to make computers see fashion on the Web exactly as consumers see it online and in everyday life?” says Singh.
“To do this, one has to isolate and identify clothing and accessories within visually complex images like personal photos and magazine spreads,” he continues. “Traditional fashion apps rely on text descriptions and other forms of human intervention, which limits their scope. But we wanted to understand millions of fashion items on the Web. This required a powerful and fundamentally different set of computer vision algorithms.”
StileEye’s other co-founder, Vwani Roychowdhury, says that StileEye’s technology is built on a “new kind of science that demonstrates how we can learn visually from web-scale data.”
“We’re bringing a new level of ease to the consumer’s experience of visually discovering and evaluating fashion online,” he says.  “Paralleling the revolution ushered in by the text-based search engines, StileEye has the potential to bring the industry to a tipping point.”
The company has good backing too. Microsoft India’s R&D is the startup’s main investor, and Srini Koppolu, Corporate VP and Managing Director of Microsoft India R&D, reckons the app visually connects the world of fashion, encapsulating trendsetters, consumers and merchants. “StileEye’s continuous, automated, self-learning engine can understand and match an unprecedented combination of styles, shapes, colors and patterns, marking a generational shift in the online shopping and social media experience,” he says.
The apps are available to download for free now. Meanwhile, check out the official two minute StileEye tutorial for yourself below.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Retail Mannequins Spy on You While You Shop

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The next time you shop, take a close look at the mannequins in the store. They may be taking a close look at you, too.
A handful of retailers are employing $5,000 bionic mannequins from Italy’s Almax called EyeSee, that have a camera installed with facial recognition software in its eye socket. The technology allows it to log the gender, age and race of passers-by, according to Bloomberg. Uché Okonkwo, executive director of consultant Luxe Corp., told Bloomberg that the mannequins “could really enhance the shopping experience, the product assortment, and help brands better understand their customers.”
Sure, you could do the same with in-store security cameras, but Almax argues the dummies provide an eye-level view and draws more interaction from customers. Using EyeSee showed one unnamed retailer that kids made up more than half of its afternoon traffic. Acting on that data, the company introduced a kids’ clothing line. Another Almax customer introduced a Chinese-speaking staff by the entrance after the EyeSee dummies showed that one-third of its patrons after 4 p.m. were Asian, according to Almax.
However, adoption for the dummies is stil low: Max Catanese, CEO of Almax, told Bloomberg that five companies are using “a few dozen” of the mannequins though they have more on order. However, at least one U.S. retailer, Nordstrom, told the news service that using facial recognition software in stores crosses privacy boundaries with customers.
Image courtesy of iStockphotomediaphotos
Source: http://mashable.com/2012/11/20/benettons-mannequins-spy-on-you-while-you-shop/

Monday, November 26, 2012

Social Media Revolution Video v4 2012

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These videos are a great little snapshot of whats going on in Social Media

Well, here we go again! The super world famous Socialnomics “Social Media Revolution” video #4 is here and has been updated with all the latest 2012 stats. Created by the social guru, Erik Qualman from Socialnomics, the video is an animated infographic telling the story of how social is taking over the world through an array current statistics…

Source:  http://www.digitalbuzzblog.com/social-media-revolution-video-v4-2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Metro: Dumb ways to die

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Trains are dangerous things. And if you’re not careful around them, you could end up dying in the dumbest way possible.

That’s the message behind a new ad campaign for Melbourne, Australia’s Metro Trains. They’ve tapped a local artist to record a catchy little tune and set it too the cutest little death animations you’ll ever see. The result is “Dumb Way to Die.” Check out the video and be prepared, it will get stuck in your head.

The site is here
Also a tumblr site – http://dumbwaystodie.tumblr.com/

Source: http://www.adverblog.com/2012/11/17/metro-dumb-ways-to-die/