My grande latte friend likes to think in pictures. Most people tend to gravitate towards text…or at least its easier to build texty things over imagey things (where you apparently have a fight on your hands).
Thus began the hunt to mix text into video in a meaningful way. Nico Nico did something stunning with regard to design and implementation. Occlude the video – show the comments. In a sense, the video becomes a MacGuffin.
Really, it is quite something – the above video is someone cooking chicken. The sad thing is – there is no English version of the site…I did manage to log in by setting the language to Spanish. Running with the idea, Anodos decided to kick it up a notch (or back) over to the sofa:
The $2,000 prototype gives you that MTV4 SMS comment stream on any TV channel you might be watching…course its a hardware tv widget. I’m left wondering (and hoping) if this is becoming a style of virtual temporal graffiti.