In the ever expanding panorama of online media services a new service eases the effort it takes to go live. Qik ( pronounced as ‘Quick’) provides live video streaming from a wide array of mobile phones to the net.
In many ways this is a logical evolution from the Youtubes and Metacafes of our times. As mobile devices proliferate, becoming computing devices of choice, services will grow to fit this medium.
An excerpt from InformationWeek:
Basically, if you’re a mobile video fanatic, you need to sign up. I shoot video using my cell phone all the time. Transferring it to other sites was a major pain until Qik came around. Using Qik, any video you shoot is streamed live, and also archived at the same time, so you can watch it again later. For those who need to share what they see and don’t think picture messages or MMS messages are enough, this is the avenue you need to take.
The list of mobile phones supported by Qik includes the Nokia NSeries and ESeries, several Windows Mobile and S60 devices.
The features offered by Qik Are:
- Streaming of video to a select group of users.
- Creation of events for group upload to be viewed by a common audience.
- Integration with Facebook, MySpace, Orkut and several more services.
- Support for several phone models with an App for the iPhone planned shortly ( the Qik Blog does mention a alpha version for iPhone 2G being available).
What’s more, the service has recently moved into public beta. It could be another enabler in taking memory limitations off phones and heralding yet another viral medium of expression.
So what’s next ? A juxtaposition of virtual worlds wrapped around user generated video bringing more realism to Avatars ? Perhaps.