Russian startup Displair came on to the scene with a fascinating product, they designed and developed the world’s first interactive air display with a MultiTouch gesture recognition system. A hugely interesting concept that really did look like something from Minority Report. Picture a sheet of blown humidified air capturing the display of a small discreet projector to show you an image floating in the air. Ethereal in its feeling the moving air gently brushed the projected image creating the impression that you were looking at, and interacting with, something that was almost alive. As you might be able to tell, I liked it. Well Displair have just announced something new and there’s not a new piece of hardware in sight.
Displair have instead developed a new mobile app and brought us Airlike. Designed to let users transfer photos and videos between friends quickly and easily, once both parties have the app installed they can simply point their phones at one another and swipe content from one phone over onto the other. It’s got a few more features than that, but at it’s core that’s what the app is, a way to make sharing your photos and videos painless.
PixPuffin is a new Icelandic service to help small and medium sized businesses manage their digital assets though a web-based interface. For your photos, it offers easy keywording features, sharing of project folders, and integration with licensed photos.
PixPuffin was launched by NordicPhotos, a photo agency based in Sweden, Norway, and Iceland. From this angle, PixPuffin helps companies stay focused on Digital Rights Management, preventing costly mistakes from improperly used photos.
Picmeleo is a new Finnish photo startup that recently got in touch with us. They're developing a new kind of service which in essence is a photo editing tool, but positioned in the market in a wise manner. The tool itself is sort of an external application that companies providing services online can add on top of their own service, instead of having to come up with their own tool.
Jalbum Ab, Sweden based community for online photosharing, announced yesterday that they have closed a second round of investment with Nordic Venture Partners. This new deal brings the total raised capital up to 23 million SEK (approx $3.2M). In addition, the company’s board of directors named serial entrepreneur Andreas Sjölund as the new Chief Executive Officer of the company.
Sjölund is formerly known as co-creator of Skype and one of the first employees of KaZaA. Founder and former CEO David Ekholm will stay with the company and continue as a CTO.
Jalbum offers a mix of photo album software and social photo sharing. What separates Jalbum from other services like Flickr is that they have executable cross-platform client. Client enables the user to do basic photo editing, organizing and uploading photos. With the tool you can also design own or use some user created pre-existing skins for your album. Another appealing aspect is that you can publish your album where ever you like, not only on Jalbum.net.
Even though the downloadable clients have been regarded as somewhat painful practice, apparently it has worked for Jalbum. The client is now downloaded over two thousand times a day and over 24 million albums have been published with the software.
The service allows you to deliver the pictures from your phone by MMS or email to the web, sharing automatically with the friends you've allowed to see them. The photos are visible on the web site, and you can also get a widget to show the photostream on your web page (example), and you can also forward the photos to Flickr or other sites offering email upload.
A neat feature is however the Adobe AIR based client, which you can download and install on your computer. The photos from your friends will appear directly to the client, and you have the option to comment the photos online or by SMS. The SMS is sent immediately to the photo uploader's mobile. The account creation process is rather straightforward and I got the first photo uploaded within minutes. The photo shows up instantly on the service. However there seems to be some problems with the website at the moment as I needed to login several times when trying to browse different menu items.
The business model of the company is unclear, but in a video pitch the founder Peter Sandberg
explains they're working with mobile operator 3 Sweden that provides the MMS destination to send all the photos in, and makes money from the incoming MMS messages from the users of other mobile operators. I would assume Moyume gets some kind of revenue share.