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The following is an unedited press release, shown as received from the company represented. We've elected to present selected releases without editorial comment, as a way to provide our readers more information without further overtaxing our limited editorial resources. To avoid any possible confusion or conflict of interest, the Imaging Resource will always clearly distinguish between company-provided press releases and our own editorial views and content.

Nikon's Coolpix S70 digital camera. Photo provided by Nikon Inc. PRESS RELEASE: MRM Worldwide Creates Unique Tool for Nikon's COOLPIX S70 Touch Camera

In-browser utility enables hand-gestures to control photo galleries.

New York (PRWEB) February 10, 2010 -- MRM Worldwide has partnered with Nikon® Inc. to create an online tool called the Nikon Virtual Touch Experience. The utility enables consumers to flip through photo and image galleries using their webcam.

The free tool, available on ashtonscoolpix.com, extends the Nikon COOLPIX® S70 experience beyond the camera screen.

Users who have webcam-enabled computers can install the Nikon Virtual Touch Experience by simply dragging a link to their bookmarks bar, which makes distribution of the tool very simple. It travels with the user's browser wherever they navigate.

When a user is ready to view images on a given web page or online gallery, a simple click on the toolbar link opens the experience in a branded Nikon frame and allows full screen browsing.

The creative execution is the first advertising of its kind because of the way the technology was deployed--using javascript, this so-called "bookmarklet" allows for image access on a user's open web page. No plug-ins or third-party toolbars are required, and it is completely platform independent.

The Nikon Virtual Touch Experience tool simulates the touch-screen experience of the Coolpix S70 on a webcam-equipped PC. Image provided by MRM Worldwide. Click for a bigger picture!

The Nikon Virtual Touch Experience tool simulates the touch-screen experience of the Coolpix S70 on a webcam-equipped PC.
Image provided by MRM Worldwide.

Through edge-detection technology, the webcam can recognize movement so that hand gestures control the virtual scroll or re-sizing of images to emulate the experience of using the Nikon COOLPIX S70 touch camera.

"Often times the development and production of such executions is outsourced, even by digital agencies," said Sune Kaae, VP, Director of Technology at MRM New York. "But we demonstrated our in-house capabilities by having the creative and technology teams work side-by-side to produce the Nikon Virtual Touch tool."

The teams' close proximity made the process of creating the utility more cost-efficient and gave the agency more options to change direction quickly if necessary and even to experiment, Kaae added.

"This tool provides a natural user experience for people engaging with computer interfaces," said Farid Chaouki, Director of Innovation and User Experience Design. "It's another step in bridging the gap between the physical world and the digital world, which is ultimately where digital is heading to achieve maximum reach in the marketplace."

The Virtual Touch Experience would not have been possible without Nikon's innovative COOLPIX S70. This digital point-and-shoot camera offers the next generation in touch-screen technology and redefines the way consumers interact with, and physically touch, their photography.

Michael Jacobs EVP, Executive Creative Director
Farid Chaouki VP, Director of Innovation and User Experience Design
Brian Schierman SVP, Producer
Ryan Gury, Associate Creative Director
Stefan Haverkamp, Copywriter
Sune Kaae VP, Director of Technology
Jon Rubino VP, Director of Multimedia & Motion Design
Eric Schulte, Director of Flash
Nicholas Haurus, Senior Flash Developer
Chris Edwards, Senior Flash Developer
Danny Wang, Senior Web Developer
Wes Reid, Senior Web Developer.
Matt Jacobs, Senior Web Developer
Rob Rotshchild, SVP, Account Director
Glenn Landauer, Account Executive
Randy Herrera, Program Manager


(First posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 14:45 EST)

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