The smartphone is dead, finally. Provocation? Yes, provocation.
However, the phrase is not far from reality. Everything is about to change right from 2019 and mobile content creation will still benefit. In this article I will connect some dots of events that happened in the last hours and I will submit to your attention some thoughts related to the latest facts. Here is the first one.
The Spectacles 3
They were presented yesterday and received an avalanche of criticisms, based on the substantial failure of the first two editions. The spectacles are the glasses equipped with a full HD camera that Snapchat considers as the bridgehead of a market that is about to explode, but has not yet exploded. They create 15 second videos and even photos that, with a wifi connection, can be transferred to the Snapchat app to be used directly or exported for use in other situations.
The Spectacles, on the other hand, are the symbol of an evolution that will be extremely important with regard to mobile content creation that I could redefine as wearable content creation. This third edition has 2 HD cameras, 4 microphones, 3D filters and graphic effects with augmented reality that can be inserted in your shots. It cannot be said that they are still a gadget, but they have become a machine for producing a visual language that can still undermine the visual grammar we know.
Smartphone? No, bridge.
The Spectacles are one of the many hardware that connect to the smartphone, using it as the destination of the semi-finished file and the place in which the file is transformed into a definitive work. The smartphone as we know it we mobile content creators, therefore, is dead and is about to become the computer that expresses its computing power to put together the contents produced with other devices. Watch out for the wearable market, because it will be a war and will rely heavily on interaction with the smartphone.
I quote from memory. Microsoft with Hololens, Apple with its glasses that are in the works, maybe even Google with the Glasses project in its drawer: all these stuff seems to still be on track and are certainly destined to influence mobile content creation in the creative field and in journalism. In fact, wearable journalism is being born and has a future and a master, called Yusuf Omar.
The future is wearable journalism
The possibility of filming with cameras attached to the body, which reproduce the visuality of our eyes, acquiring quality audio (I am truly amazed by this aspect of Spectacles) changes the whole world of our videos. With linear editing we can create videos that are experiences, we can watch what is watching who is making the video and is telling us a story.
If you also look at the Trendloader product you will understand that you can even livestreaming from that visual point and therefore every limit falls. On Indiegogo, prototypes of wearable cameras and other types of devices that can be worn already flourish, in a very lively market, but also very dangerous (many startups that propose a hardware that then fail to achieve the goal due to technical difficulties). However, it is certain that the moment in which we are living is that of the birth of wearable journalism and the withdrawal of the smartphone to the role of computer.
The master, Yusuf Omar.
Visionary mobile journalist Yusuf Omar, co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, is the prophet of wearable journalism. He has been working on it since the first edition of Spectacles came out and, now that his start up is inside the Snapchat galaxy, he changed his way of making videos in a totally wearable sense. With his shots he tells normal days and important stories, making the viewer experience his own, almost with physical emotions. Follow it carefully, it is dictating the line of the future of journalism by turning every hardware into the messenger of a new language with which to construct stories by images.
I discovered Opkix and other stories.
The Opkix is a wearable camera with 4 giga memory that can be dressed with different accessories, from the ring to the necklace, from the chest to the cap. Perhaps this is the symbolic product of the “wejou” (can we call it that?) which has other ways to express itself like the Front Row Camera. We are only at the beginning of this discipline, but it is already clear that mobile content creation is continuing to make great strides to constantly change the language of the video and bring it closer to the capture of reality as we see it. it is the first step of virtual or augmented reality, a world in which we will soon be immersed. Are you ready? TMS will guide you.