The third session of the day dealt with rich media and mashups. These companies all had something to do with images, music, or movies in some way. Below are summaries and thoughts from the five presentations in this group.
xtr3D is trying to change the way we interact with computers. Their software replaces the traditional mouse and keyboard with real-time 3D motion analysis. Their "3D Human Machine Interface" can translate your physical movements into mouse moves and keyboard clicks.
BroadClip makes the MediaCatcher application for Facebook, which helps users to find DRM-free music via your trusted community (Facebook friends). The presentation was cut short by Jason Calacanis in the middle, and the team wasn't even on stage -- it was streamed. General consensus seems negative on this one.
Los Angeles-based mEgo makes a widget/avatar that holds all your social networking profiles so that you can share it anywhere. Their single widget allows you to share your YouTube videos, Flickr photos, etc. everywhere. mEgo has an alternative offering which allow you to present your profile as a CV too, and is available for mobile clients. It has RSS and Twitter syndication from the widget.
Editor's Note: So could you take your Twitter feed and put it through mEgo and export it to your Twitter feed? Very M.C. Escher.
Wixi is a media sharing platform that uses web desktop interface to make things easier and more straight forward (think: web OS). Using this interface, you can share your stuff with your friends and post them to your blog or social networking account. Wixi offers a Flash player which allows you to embed multiple pieces of media inside a single widget -- it is very similar to SplashCast.
Wixi has a number of social networking features as well, such as Feeds, which shows you what your friends are adding (think: Facebook Newsfeed).
BeFunky is a cartoon avatar tool that "cartoonizes" your real pictures. It also allows you to warp pictures (i.e., they made Mike Arrington lose 20 pounds instantly) and share them on social networking sites. BeFunky also demonstrated rotoscoping software that turns live-action video into cartoon. They used a clip from the Matrix for their presentation.
Edited by Josh Catone.