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Radio 1 explores new technology around Radio 1's Big Weekend

BBC Radio 1 continues to innovate around Radio 1's Big Weekend with an exciting piece of technology to say thank you to listeners who applied for tickets but were unsuccessful.


Band in Your Hand gives these listeners an exclusive performance direct into their hand.


People who were unsuccessful in their application for the event will receive a link to a secret page that allows them to see The Fratellis perform an acoustic track in the palm of their hands.


Using augmented reality software, Band In Your Hand asks the user to print out a Radio 1 logo and hold it in front of their webcam. When they do they will see themselves holding the piece of paper with a 3D version of the Big Weekend tent appearing on it.


The voice of Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe will then say: "We're sorry you didn't get tickets for Big Weekend, but here's the next best thing, The Fratellis live in your hand, in your bedroom. or wherever it is you keep your PC."


At that point the user holds a second logo up to their webcam to see an exclusive acoustic performance from the band appear on the piece of paper on the screen.


Hugh Garry, Creative Producer for Radio 1 Online, says: "We wanted to give listeners who didn't get tickets something really special. The technology has been around for a while but I've never really seen it being used other than for demonstration purposes.


"What's great about it is that you don't need the latest state-of-the-art PC to view it. A basic webcam and your average PC is pretty much all it takes."


Breaking new ground and trying out new technology is an important part of Radio 1's Big Weekend. Last year the station staged an alternate reality game around the event and the year before it hosted a festival live in Second Life.


Radio 1's Big Weekend takes place on 10 and 11 May 2008 at Mote Park, Maidstone.






Category: Radio 1
Date: 06.05.2008
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