Monday, February 25, 2008

TV goes mobile

Forgive the shaky camerawork and the spotty audio when you watch this.

OK, you don't have to watch all of it, but forgive it because it's shot using a mobile phone, and when it was first created it was streamed live from the phone onto the Internet. It's, as Jeff Jarvis points out, a human satellite truck, only at a cost so fractional as to be far beyond my math skills to compute.

It is, of course, rough. The audio is terrible (kind of losing the point of an interview), and it makes you beg for some editing. But it's the sign of things to come.

There will be progression in two directions. First, phones will get better at this sort of stuff. The optics will get better, the audio options will get better, and the connection speed (the real holdup here in the States) will improve. But second, real tools will begin to adopt mobile functions. Imagine a $600 HD video camera with a built in WiFi connection. A real lens. A real mic. That's real power.