Chris Harrison is a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University. On his "spare" time he enjoys creating fantastic visualization of what's happening online: Google searches, Wikipedia, etc... Truly beautiful as well as enlightening.
Zoomorama was the only presentation at SXSW Accelerator competition that finished its presentation within the allocated 2 mins. Everyone else got cut off in mid-sentence. That took a lot of work, but it was not enough time to communicate the depth of the change that Zoomorama represents. So they gave the award to a wonderful terchnology company, Ribbit, but whose innovation is more evolutionary than revolutionary.
Afterward I came up to the president of the Jury, the famed author Guy Kawasaki, to get his feedback, He told me the jury had estimated our market to be "niche". He kindly gave me his attention for some demos, of which the ART in HD, the Paris Match Coral, Gibson Guitars Catalog, and the Davos Sessions. I also showed him the ease of authoring with ZoomCreator. He agreed that the jury had not truly understood, that the format of the presentation (2 mins) was too short for such a radical idea. He agreed that Zoomorama's concepts would be "broadly applicable". He also promise that he was going to blog about our demos. That would be even better than winning. So we cross our fingers that he would come thru on his promise.
He gave me his new Book, "Reality Check" with a autograph: "Franklin, Change the World !". Thanks to Guy for bearing with me for bugging him after a long day of listening to all these pitches. He was very kind to pay attention and to be encouraging. So in the end we lost one but we won one too.
More than two hundred works of Art in High Definition online: Zoomorama innovates with the first full art exhibition online. Moreover this is the first time to our knowledge that Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cezanne are brought together for a comparative look at their modern styles. Look at all the images, but also delve into the details to admire the each brush stroke of every painting.
Zoomorama will be at South by Southwest, demoing in front of a panel of industry stars in the "Accelerator" competition. Out of 20 finalists there are only 2 European companies, and we are the only one from France.
We are hard at work to design a revolutionary new way of showing art on-line. Thanks to Bridgeman Education, the largest archive of high resolution images of art, we will show 300 images from three of the most transformative figures in European art: Gaugin, Cezanne, and Van Gogh. For the first time ever you will be able to enjoy the full resolution details of each painting, and easily compare among them without losing context. The ease of navigation will make it a breeze to browse through so much content. It would have never be that pleasant with HTML (click to open, back, click to open, back, etc.....).
Thanks also to Adobe, our technology partner, for great support and a wonderful development platform. The new Action Script 3 really delivers the goods, and Flash 10 is wonderful (especially for text rendering). We are building powerful tools with Adobe Flash.
In the meatime, for anyone attending SXSW this march we have the full schedule of the i"nteractive" program sessions HERE to see in Zooming. To see how different it is to navigate the full program in HTML you can click HERE to see in HTML.