Kodachrome UX Patents

As Senior Interaction Designer I was a contributed to The Kodachrome Project, a pre-commercialization effort to save Kodak before declaring bankruptcy. A small grass-roots team of Kodak scientists and designers were trying to address four key problems:

  1. Kodak had legendary brand recognition, yet younger consumers had little to no awareness of the ‘Kodak Moment’.
  2. Kodak was spending an large sum of money on third party technologies in Asia; while technologies were potentially free via Google.
  3. Kodak had adopted a culture of litigation verse innovation in the 2000s.
  4. Kodak executives would not listen to your innovations unless the word “print” was used in the pitch.

Clearly, Kodak had many issues, but this small team aspired to continue in the Kodak tradition of inventing revolutionary technologies. Our goal was to revive the legendary Kodak brand and bring Kodachrome back for a new generation of consumers.

We developed nearly a dozen new photo-centered services and products that integrated the Kodak brand and image science technologies into the Google Chrome browser, re-envisioning what Kodachrome could mean today.

 

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Our deliverables took the form of patent applications, some took the form of wireframes and comps. Many of them all had printing components, each product fulfilled a particular need across an array of user contexts and unique needs. For example, we used Google natural language processing to create Kodak photo books or MemoryBooks that captures Kodak Moments for past and future generations. These proof-of-concept MemoryBooks potentialy represent the last true ‘Kodak Moment’.

Memory Books

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Memories Books use Google Natural Language Processing to easily create both digital and physical keepsakes that preserve the “Kodak Moment” for future reliving. These books may look like an ordinary photo book, but the interface used to create them was simply to talk about your photos. The end of each book had a QR code linked to the voice of the person who spoke about the photograph. Not only does the book capture the memory via text and photo, but also it captures the sound of a loved ones voice for generations to come.

Kodak Pulse Channel

Kodak Pulse Channel was designed to aggregate, share and reminisce family photography collections through the close-knit integration of camera, TV, mobile and tablet devices and services. The project was an exercise between user interface paradigms shifting and reacting to users’ surfing vs searching between graphic user interfaces displaying on TV vs tablet.

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Patents

FORMING A MULTIMEDIA PRODUCT USING VIDEO CHAT

United States Patent 9,247,306 B2

Abstract: A method for forming a composite multimedia product pertaining to a digital image captured of a scene. The method includes sharing the digital image with a remote user, and facilitating a conversation with the remote user across a communication network. A portion of the conversation that is relevant to the shared digital image is automatically extracted and combined with the digital image to form the composite multimedia product.

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GUIDANCE FOR IMAGE CAPTURE AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS

United States Patent 8,405,740 B2

Abstract: A method for providing guidance to a user as to what images should be captured by the user as the user moves from location to location, comprising receiving a first captured digital image having pixel data captured of a scene at a first location, using a processor to analyze the pixel data of the first captured digital image and determining based on Such analysis a second possible image capture location for the user, wherein the second possible image capture location is selected from a guidance to the user over a communications network, the guidance including information concerning a next scene to be captured at the second location.

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IMAGING DEVICE PROVIDING CAPTURE LOCATION GUIDANCE

United States Patent 8,675,112 B2

Abstract: An image capture device, comprising an image sensor, an image display, a data processing System; a storage memory and a program memory storing instructions configured to cause the data processing system to provide guidance for capturing images at a plurality of locations, by displaying guidance information for capturing a first digital image at a first location, using the image sensor to capture a first digital image, storing the first digital image in the storage memory, using the data processing system to analyze the pixel data of the first digital image and determining based on a second possible image capture location, wherein the second possible image capture location is selected from a plurality of different possible locations, displaying guidance information for a capturing a second scene at the second location, using the image sensor to capture a second digital image; and Storing the second digital image in the storage memory..

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