Blinkx BBTV install error ( screenshot )
Image by Todd Barnard
After reading about Blinkx and it’s promise of annotation, I decided to try it.
First thing off the bat, it’s a local install, like Joost, so it already sucks. Worse it’s a Windows only client. Then while installing I got an error. Blinkx uses ActiveX. Strike two.
Finally I read this little gem in FAQs:
"…blinkx is the world’s largest and most advanced video search engine. blinkx pioneered video search on the Internet, our Concept Recognition Engine (CoRE) is based on technology that was conceived at Cambridge University, enhanced by 0M in R&D over 12 years, and is now protected by more than 110 patents. Unlike other multimedia search engines that attempt to repurpose technology built for the Text Web, blinkx uses a unique combination of patented conceptual search, speech recognition and video analysis software to efficiently, automatically and accurately find and qualify online video. blinkx continues to pioneer new approaches to digital video distribution to ensure we offer the most advanced capabilities and deliver the highest value to our audiences and partners."
Patent troll, exploiting technology originally developed for the handicapped by a non-profit… strike three, you’re out.
Nice to see for profit companies operating in my area of interests can’t get past their day one launch.