Last week I had the pleasure of catching up with Matteo Berlucchi from Skinkers where we talked about their innovative technology and their relationship with Microsoft. We also captured a live demo of their LiveStation product that I discussed last week.
These guys area great example of how Microsoft can and does work with small, innovative software companies and the video is longer than usual (17 mins) as Matteo and I discuss that as well as talking about their company, the product and our propensity to buy lots of gadgets!
Don't forget to sign up for the beta and put my name in the "where you heard from field" to faster access!
I was over at Skinkers this morning with Matteo Berlucchi shooting a video for Partner-TV. I love spending time with Matteo as his infectious passion for his company and his product is great - plus he's a lot of fun. He proudly showed me that he's in an article in Der Spiegel this month alongside BillG, Google and Steve Jobs but despite his new found media success, he was still happy to give us a great interview. It'll be coming up soon on Partner-TV. If you haven't heard the Skinkers story it's worth listening - these guys licensed Microsoft Research technology in return for equity in the company. Pretty damn cool for a company that some say "don't get it" or or not open (I'm talking about Microsoft, not Skinkers now...).
During the visit, Matteo showed me one of their latest projects called LiveStation - a highly efficient video streaming service using Silverlight to deliver realtime video to your desktop. The UI was lovely and we talked about the potential to do it on a mobile too - not far off. I've just signed up for their closed beta which I'm assured I'm on and have managed to grab 10 other invites so if you're interested, reply here and also sign up and I'll drop your name to them to bounce to the front of the queue. Partnership has it's privileges as they say :)
[update] I just spoke with Skinkers. If you add "heard via Steve Clayton" in the signup field they'll do their best to accommodate you. if you already registered, please do so again!
Nice find by Jeremy that shows you how you can use the camera on your Smartphone or Pocket PC as webcam. I like the idea of using my PPC camera with WiFi as a webcam. Geeky I know...but cool.
This explain all the posters around our UK HQ today - I only just caught up on the news. Its' great stuff but almost as cool as the product is the name. I mean, Mediaroom. Cool eh? No 2007 suffix, no Microsoft whizbang prefix.
Want to know more about our IPTV platform? Check out the official site at www.microsoftmediaroom.com or go check out Long's post. He guessed well on this one :)
Notch up another one on the growing list of cool products names alongside Popfly, Siverlight and Surface.
MJF says what I was thinking. Their press badges are way cooler than ours though!