03. 16. 2007
Cool movie kiosk in Seoul
I know that I post a lot about products from Asia that don't get sold in the US. Recently, I noted a good example of the difference between the state of technology in the US and Asia and in particular, South Korea.
At a movie theater in Seoul, I came across this photo kiosk. You stand in front of a camera, and your face is projected into the cut-out faces of characters from the movie. The best part is that after you take your picture, it can be emailed to you. It's sort of reminiscent of those wooden boards with painted bodies on them and oval holes cut out where you can insert your head. It's also an extension of Purikura culture which is popular throughout Asia.
Two days, after I got back, I saw a cardboard movie display for the movie, Disturbia. It had a live video feed, showing people walking by, but it wasn't networked. If I hadn't seen what they were doing in Korea, this might have seemed more cool. However, I just shrugged and kept on walking.