James Bond: Skyfall – Review

Last night we went to watch the new James Bond movie, Skyfall. I should probably first point out I’m a huge James Bond fan and own all of them on DVD and have watched most of them more than 10 times, I grew up watching the movie franchise and wanting to be James Bond. So this “review” is going to be a little biased.

I had heard many good reviews of this movie, and had high hopes for it. After watching over 20 minutes of trailers and 007 themed adverts the movie finally started.

The simple truth was that while this was an awesome movie it was not a a great “James Bond” movie. In fact had they changed a character or two’s name and the title I think I would’ve given it a huge thumbs up.

[A possible spoiler or two after the break]
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viZoo – Free Format – holographic projection.

I spotted this site along time ago but I keep getting asked about it. viZoo is a advertising company that according to their site “Are an advertising film company, developing and producing new media with “edge”. Something that has never been seen before. For window shopping, events and outdoor.”

So what makes them so interesting then? Well they’ve come up with something called Free Format that is sort of a cheap version of a holographic projection system. What they do is project using standard digital projectors onto an invisible screen the effect is that it looks like the items they are showing are really there in the showroom. Of course because they using Digital Projectors they can make the displays interactive too. If you watch the video clips on there site (under the Show Reel section) you’ll see that most of these displays attract a large crowd, in one the police step in to get the people to move on.
If you check out the site you’ll see they got a few demo clips on the system in action, best ones is the girl who walks around a clothing store at night and keeps changing into clothing (this one isn’t so much “technically” impressive but who cares… it’s a sexy girl removing her clothes…) the others are ones of various cars and other things.

I do wonder how easy it would be to homebrew a similar setup, projectors aren’t that expensive anymore… the problem is find something that allows you to create a screen that from a few meters away you can’t see.

Books, DVD’s, CD’s

You’ll see that there’s a new link on the header of this site labelled “Books, DVD’s, CD’s”. This is a list of items that I currently own, I’ll update the list as often as possible and hopefully in the future I’ll write a few reviews about some of the items on the list.

I’m hoping that this will help you my loyal readers get to know me a little better and it helps my friends and family buy me gifts *hint* *hint*.