|Description||visual search instruments|
|Seed, 3/2011 |
O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures
Bloom is building a consumer-facing webservice that provides applications and experiences on iOS, Android, and html5/webGL platforms that combine the power of data visualization with the engagement of casual gameplay to present users with powerful new ways to discover what is interesting in their social graph, in the media libraries and distributed file systems they have access to, and in locations where they work and live. As consumers move into more casual modes of media computing, we will provide new experiences that change the way they playfully interact with the meaningful information that flows through their life every day. Our users authenticate across a variety of the most popular and useful web APIs, like Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Dropbox, and Google Reader. They then can choose from an ever-growing collection of what we call “instruments” to explore and interact with the data provided from these services in all-new playful and compelling ways.
Planetary is an all-new, stunningly beautiful way to explore your music collection, available only on iPad. Fly through a 3D universe dynamically created by information about the recording artists you love. Visit planets that represent your favorite albums and control the playback of your music on iPad by browsing and selecting astronomical objects.
Planetary is just the sort of science fiction experience you expect when using an object from the future like iPad. You’ll want to show your friends this beautiful app. We’ve made it even easier to share Planetary at home; it looks incredible when you hook your iPad 2 up to a big HDTV or projector using the HDMI accessory.
Planetary is the first of a new type of visual discovery app produced by Bloom Studio. In the coming months, we’ll be releasing an ongoing stream of apps that let you explore and participate in social networks, video streaming services, and location-based applications in a whole new way! We’re building new ways to see and communicate.