Virgin Mobile is tapping the “wonders of neuroscience” for a new series of YouTube ads that react to a viewer’s blinks.
The series includes 25 videos. The technology fueled by your webcam, called “Blinkwashing,” time-codes each word across the 25 videos to “create a smart caching system that switches seamlessly between videos whenever the viewer blinks.” It’s a riff off that old trope in movies: A viewer is quickly switching channels on TV and the few words you hear on each each channel form a coherent sentence.
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In this case, it’s a sales pitch for Virgin’s no-contract unlimited data plans. The stars of the show include a newscaster, a guy in a gorilla suit and some jungle explorers, among others. Read more…