New Interviews with Hand Eye Technologies' Jonathan Kessler and acrossair's Chetan Damani

--Topics Discussed Include Smartphone-Based Interactive TV and Augmented Reality

[itvt] has just published in-depth audio interviews with Jonathan Kessler, founder and CEO of Hand Eye Technologies, and with Chetan Damani, co-founder and managing director of acrossair.

San Francisco-based Hand Eye Technologies has developed a software platform, called Hand Eye Interactive Technology (HIT), which enables viewers to use their camera-equipped smartphones to interact with highlighted hotspot objects on the TV screen (note: according to the company, the technology works with almost any video display system, including projection displays and computer monitors, in addition to LCD and plasma TV sets). In the interview, Kessler discusses Hand Eye Technologies' business plan, its funding, the advantages it claims for smartphone- over remote control-driven interaction, the current state of the smartphone ecosystem (standards, carriers' attitude towards innovation, etc.), and much, much more.

London-based acrossair recently launched Nearest Tube, an augmented reality application for the iPhone 3GS that allows users to look through their phone's camera screen to determine where the nearest London Underground ("Tube") station is; the company has since then also rolled out versions of the application for New York's and the San Francisco Bay Area's underground/rapid transit systems. In the interview, Damani discusses Nearest Tube and other augmented reality apps acrossair is currently developing; the technological underpinnings of smartphone-based augmented reality; the capabilities--and the significance to the emerging AR industry--of version 3.1 of the iPhone OS, which will support a public API for manipulating live video; the relationship between AR and 3D; and much, much more.

North America