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Bring your tablet or smartphone to your Oscars Party

awardsIt has become so popular for people to use their smartphone or tablet as a companion device when they watch TV sch as the Oscars. I use my iPad Mini that way all the time..even as a remote control. This phenomenon is so prevalent it has become known as the “Second Screen” and developers are producing apps. That is how The Awards Meter came to be.

Produced by the creative folks at digital marketing agency Organic in cooperation with HP The Awards Meter  is a clever web-based app that gauges positive or negative sentiments within tweets about the Academy Awards. It’s a like a real-time Applause-o-Meter that tracks the People’s Choice.

SO….how does it work?

·         The app is meant to enhance the second-screen viewing experience in a fun way!

·         It’s interactive in that it lets you cast your own votes on who should win in 8 top categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Animated Film, and Best Screenplay. (Screenshot here of Best Actor)

·         The Awards Meter is able to analyze language and sentiment of 1,000 Tweets per second, and then display  via a clean, easy-to-read data visualization what that sentiment is. (The language analysis technology was invented at HP Labs.)

awards1Imagine this at an Oscars party, everybody can compare their predictions with what the twittersphere says..or if there are a bunch of you try to influence the app’s predictions by tweeting. I’m sure you can think of other ideas that will make Oscars Night a hoot.

 

The app is at http://awardsmeter.com/ and because it is a web app it will work on any web enabled device and scales nicely from the smallest phone screen up to the biggest monitor and everything in between. Bring it to your Oscars party and share. It will be a lot of fun.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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