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Virtual Spheres Speed Up Skimming Through Mobile Video


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With more than 35 hours of video uploaded to YouTube each minute, finding the right video without downloading it first is difficult. And video searching on mobile devices with slow internet connections can be frustrating. Help could be at hand in the form of a new preview interface that allows users to skim through a video before downloading it.

The search function on sites like YouTube often offers the viewer only a few frames from each video, making selecting the right result difficult, says Ben Falchuk at Telcordia Technologies in Piscataway, New Jersey. "It's an extremely poor man's preview," he says.

With Telcordia's prototype, however, online or mobile users see many frames from a video, wrapped onto an animation of a 3D sphere that can be spun round at will to browse through the content.

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