Michael Jackson's Technological Feat from the Grave

Michael Jackson's Technological Feat from the Grave

Sonia Zjawinski
Sep 25, 2009

In Michael Jackson's 50 years on the planet, he reinvented dance, song, and the art of collecting arcade games, but even now, after his death, he's still reinventing. Kraken Opus publishers have recently revealed a new book, coming out December 7th, that Michael was working on before his death. The huge coffee table photo book will include new technology the publishers were working on with Jacko that may be able to bring the book publishing world to the 21st century, and change how we normal peeps exchange photos and videos with friends and family...

The 400-page bible of all things Michael will include hundreds of photos, but will also have essays, illustrations and poetry, handbound in leather and enclosed in a silk clamshell case. The tech comes in with the membership card included with the book.

The card looks like a standard 5-by-6 inch print of a photograph of Michael, but when you hold it in front of your computer's webcam, instead of seeing the image on your computer screen, the 5-by-6 inch card becomes a video screen, showing video clips of Jackson concert footage, complete with audio.

The only way to truly understand this is to watch Kraken Opus CEO Karl Fowler demo the tech with Al Roker on the Today Show.

You can also get a taste of the technology by downloading a sample image from the Kraken Opus site and either printing it out or uploading it to your iPhone and then placing the image in front of your webcam to see the video first hand!

This could be the beginning of some super cool innovations in both the book publishing world -- imagine buying the next Apartment Therapy book and being able to access video interviews of our apartment dwellers via images in the book -- and even the consumer photo world. One day soon it could be possible to send home printed postcards of photos you've taken to friends that then access video greetings when held in front of a webcam! The possibilities are super exciting.

(Image: Kraken Opus)

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