Online-based Project: Idea

A quick group assignment had me working with Chris, Jenny, and Jessica. At first we had no idea what to do, but after thinking about skype and ichat. We came up with the idea of using conference calling and iphones to create a panoramic experience. A few ideas that we ran through was 3 people each having a camera and one person to control, but seemed overly complicated, so we picked 1 person on each side, 1 person equipped with 3 iphones.

I suggested ooVoo, which is free and allows for up to 6 people in a conference call for free. We tested it, but ooVoo is quite aesthetically unpleasing with it’s¬†advertisements. We pulled out iPhones from Barry, installed ooVoo and tested them. ooVoo worked well with mobile devices, but the videos were cropped to be square on the desktop.

We tried Skype, deciding to buy a month of Skype premium to get video conferencing. After purchasing it, we found out that Skype didn’t support multi-user conferencing on mobile devices. Free and crappy ooVoo supported mobile devices, so why can’t Skype?? So I filed for a refund, we’ll see what happens.

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About Cristal Sung

Cristal is a new media designer, who believes in the importance of feeding the soul with art, culture, and food. Her work focuses on themes of identity, sociopolitical problems and the concept of beauty. Cristal is from Hong Kong and studies in Toronto.

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