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Did you know, shift happens?

This afternoon I’ve been preparing for next week’s Emarketeers Social Media & Marketing training course, updating my presentation from July (a lot happens in two months in these parts). I’ve been pondering how to kick things off and been looking at a few videos, including reviewing the Socialnomics vid I mentioned a few weeks ago. I was reminded of the Shift Happens, also know as the Did You Know? videos, the original of which came out in 2007 and were made by XPlane. They aimed to explain some of the changes that were occurring through globalisation. Here’s the original:

The video quickly went viral and has now had a number of iterations.

In a happy accident I discovered that today Xplane launched their latest video that they describe as an update to Shift Happens, in partnership with the Economist. It focuses on what they describe as the ‘changing media landscape’ and they’ve entitled it “Did You Know 4.0″ and it will been shown at the Media Convergence Forum in October. But you get to see it way before then here:

However, both videos, like the Socialnomics one, are US centric, which I think in a UK/European context (or any other really) diminishes some of their power.

I would like to know if anyone is aware of any videos or material that do a similar job but are more globally or UK/European minded? There is after all a lot of data out there that in all likelihood someone may have used.

Failing that, offers for how we might put something like this together would be fabulous!

An augmented reality

The term Augmented Reality is popping up in more and more places of late, as the 3D visual technology rapidly develops.

Augmented Reality describes the technology that integrates computer graphics into real-world environments. Huh? Yes, it’s not easy to describe, but this video illustrates the possibilities beautifully for books:

Ad Age is predicting that within the next six months augmented reality will become more useful and natural. It looked at several examples including Wikitude developed by by Austrian company Mobilizy, which launched this demo video in October 2008.

Mobilizy describe the application as:

Wikitude is a mobile travel guide for the Android platform based on location-based Wikipedia and Qype content. It is a handy application for planning a trip or to find out about landmarks in your surroundings; 350,000 world-wide points of interest may be searched by GPS or by address and displayed in a list view, map view or cam view.

Think about the possibilities for just a few moments, and that marketers are beginning to use these techniques in advertising, and you begin to understand how walking down the street in the future could be a very different experience, as more invisible layers of data get added to the real-world and hard surfaced environment.

More examples