Archive for August, 2009


25 August 2009

Step Up – Buddy Up

Over the last year, The Buddy Group and Western Digital have worked tirelessly on the development and deployment of one of the hottest new media players out there, WDTV. This HD Media Player allows your TV (or other monitor) to play all of the media on your external hard-drive in FULL High Def (HD). As we have mentioned in previous posts, The Buddy Group designed the highly acclaimed user-interface, developed several marketing videos (see below) and created a unique product emulator which is currently being used as a sales tool to better learn its feature and benefits.

Our latest (but not last) engagement with the Western Digital WDTV Player team allowed us to produce a highly informative digital out-of-home experience allowing potential customers to learn about the features, benefits and ease of use while walking the isles of their nearby Best Buy.

This end cap display featured three videos, produced in house on The Buddy Group’s DotLot stages. The Buddy Group helped to script, cast, produce and art direct all of what you will see when you visit your local Best Buy store and we could not be prouder. We are darn proud of the product user interface design and the wonderful collaboration we continue to see with Western Digital’s WDTV team. So without further ado… (more…)

It’s Friday and what better way to share some TGIF fun than allow you to have a little yourself. Take your basic photos from great:

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to amazing and INTERACITVE. Just click to zoom in and see the detail:

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To have fun with your own photos, check out Sixdots and start making some mosaics of your own! Thanks to developer buddy Matt for the fun tip of the day!

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by Brett K., Developer Buddy

There’s no denying Facebook’s overwhelming dominance within the social networking arena. With traffic numbers quickly approaching Google-esque levels (and trouncing those of the Internet supersites of yesteryear), their growth seems to have an almost “Manifest Destiny” quality. At the social media poker table, Facebook is peering over at you from behind a formidable, hard-fought stack of chips that would make a Sultan blush.

Conversely, we have FriendFeed. Started by a handful of former Google engineers, it doesn’t have even a small fraction of Facebook’s user base. What it does have, however, is something that Facebook (and it’s users) have been getting all frothy over lately – real-time search. Coupled with the obvious talent behind the FriendFeed curtain, Facebook’s acquisition of FriendFeed makes a whole lot of sense, at least from a business perspective.

People have been quick to opine that this move is meant to strengthen Facebook’s position against Twitter (to which FriendFeed was often compared, in terms of service capability) and to more firmly establish Facebook as a serious player in the realm of short-form, real-time social networking. Personally (and I’m not alone in thinking this), (more…)

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