Japanese company Gunzoo demonstrated a new way to search for videos today.
As shown on-stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, Gunzoo’s experience is much slicker than most video search options today, which mainly involve scrolling through thumbnail image previews of each video. The company merges all the videos into what looks like a fabric of videos, all playing at once, which you can zoom into on your own.
The experience of zooming in on different videos reminds me of Cooliris’ 3D wall, but unlike Cooliris, Gunzoo seems super-focused on video. Behind the scenes, Gunzoo is merging all the videos into a single stream in the H.264 format, which means that it should play on all devices, including smartphones. Users can also upload videos to add to the fabric.
Lowercase Capital’s Chris Sacca, one of the Startup Battlefield judges during the conference, said that he’s pretty sure this is how his kids will consume video. The question is whether it’s too futuristic for a product launching today.
Gunzoo has raised $1.15 million in funding.