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Friday, March 7, 2008

Cameras & Screens

In an article posted on Broadcasting & Cable, David Bohrman discusses the touch screen map that has become the gadget to have on primary night. Here are a few excerpts from the article:

“I've sort of always been on the hunt for new technologies that can help us explain stories,” Bohrman said.

In this election cycle, CNN has taken interactivity to a new level with screens that respond to fingertip manipulation, for example allowing national correspondent John King to quickly sketch delegate count scenarios on a map of the United States. The multi-touch units from Perceptive Pixel also let reporters and anchors move and stretch images at the touch of a finger.

“It's basically an iPhone on steroids,” Bohrman said. “I mean, it's just about as close to Minority Report as you can get,” he added, referring to a scene in the movie where the Tom Cruise character sorts through a mass of information by waving his hands. “It's really an extension of the correspondent's mind -- or hand -- right into the data.”

The latest CNN All Access Podcast features Robert Proctor, a CNN production photographer. He gives you a behind the scenes look at "jib" camera used. The podcast is available at or can be downloaded here or here.

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ACAnderFan said...

My guess for the mystery journalist is Miles O'Brian.

anne said...

I think the mystery journalist is Miles O'Brien.

Anonymous said...

That has got to be Jack .

Cyn said...

Ooh! It's Miles O'Brien, isn't it?

I love that touch screen. Everybody loves that touch screen! "iPhone on steroids" -- great line!