Internet portal Lycos.com has announced it will launch a video portal this week. The video channel will include a text chat room that is built in to the site so users can watch videos and discuss them simultaneously. The service will be available at cinema.lycos.com and will allow synchronized watching using proprietary technology. Lycos hopes users will be able to upload content as early as later this year.
Researchers in Australia have designed a t-shirt that allows users to play guitar and make guitar-like sounds. The researchers used an array of sensors attached to an ordinary t-shirt. The sensors measure movement and allow the user to play chords with one hand and strum with the other, creating sounds like an MP3.
The Decemberists and mtvU are running a contest in which fans can finish the band’s next video. The video is for the song “O Valencia!” Fans can download a clip of the band performing the song in front of a green screen and then change it and add their own effects. Fan clips are due by December 15 and should be sent to Capitol Records. The winner will have their video shown on mtvU and mtvU.com as well as win an iMac. Further details can be found at mtvU.com.