As many of you faithful readers know, I moderated a panel at Digital Hollywood on the Widget Economy -- earlier this month blogged by Joyce Schwarz, www.hollywood2020.blogs.com, author & emerging media company & product launch consultancy, JCOM, www.joycecom.com
Cross-Device Widgets-- as bridget to next-gen content delivery
During that panel I maintained that the future of widgets is beyond the web -- and here's a great press release that reinforces that belief from Opera Software who today released the Opera Widgets SDK beta. I don't usually run press releases here but it may be helpful to developers who have heard of my strong belief that widgets are not just for the web and that they belong on all devices/screens and in all apps as a way to "bridge' us to the next-gen of content delivery systems. It does appear that these Opera widgets will make it easier to port to TV.
After the panel at DH, I talked with a prominent game developer and it seems to me that widgets can certainly have apps for games, previewing games, content previews (ie trailers/promos etc) and probably a zillion other uses. And certainly the next level of interactivity and INTERFACE....yes, I do believe that we are talking about some kind of interface that is not unlike the popular apps for ITV -- where you have multiple windows, hyper-content delivery on one screen and also ability to use multiple devices with that screen ie your iPod player/Mp3, mobile phone, wearable bluetooth device & more.
WEARABLE BLUETOOTH --with the right wearable bluetooth device-- you could come pretty close to the Minority Report-- Hall of Advertising so that when you walk past the screen or come within 3-4 feet -- not unlike security systems or lights on your house -- the content you are most likely to want at that time of day or night is flashed on a screen on a wall or a hand-held Star-Trek type navigator/web pad you carry with you.
CHUMBY APP -- Mini-billboard --cross-device?
THERE I think is the perfect app for CHUMBY...it becomes a mini-billboard that could be posted on any screen, everywhere and I pre-select what I want or it learns my profile for time, date, weather, news alerts, my daily appointments and becomes my virtual reminder/update system.
Proving the promise of One Web:
Your killer app goes cross-device with the Opera Widgets SDK beta
"Opera continues to lead the way to real convergence with the Opera Widgets SDK," says Christen Krogh, Chief Development Officer, Opera Software. "Promoting One Web takes on additional meaning with the support of an SDK to develop full-scale Web applications for any range of devices at one time."
Features of the Opera Widgets SDK beta include:
Instantly experience how widgets should appear and function across TV, computer and mobile screens, for easier cross-device development.
Save time by using libraries for animation and other characteristics that will add compelling functionality to your applications.
Gain access to extensive information on how to develop Opera Widgets.
Solicit help and participate in community forums.
Use the latest cross-device developer tools for easy debugging.
Today the Opera Widgets repository contains over 1,200 widgets for desktop, mobile phones and devices such as ARCHOS portable media players. These widgets include games, news feeds, information widgets for travel and weather, as well as Web developer tools for color pickers, pixel rulers and more. The Opera Widgets SDK makes it even easier to create widgets of various complexity, using known and practiced Web standards, that can run across devices.
"Opera has had the foresight to leverage the Web as a way to deliver content across devices," says Jill Aldort, Senior Analyst of Consumer Mobility Applications, Yankee Group. "Demand to access information, content, and communities while mobile, is high enough such that having a full Web browsing experience is becoming a requirement for mobile phones and devices. The mobile internet is developing as a platform for application deployment, with widgets enabling improved content syndication. Opera is well positioned to play in this convergence initiative."
Opera Widgets SDK is still in development. We invite your feedback to ensure the final release fits your needs. Learn more and share your thoughts at dev.opera.com.
Opera Widgets SDK beta is supported by Opera 9.5 and above and is available at: http://www.opera.com/widgets/sdk
View the Opera Widgets SDK guided tour at: http://www.opera.com/b2b/solutions/widgets/video/.
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