Saturday, February 11, 2006

Video stamps?

While sounding a bit far-fetched, apparently a New Zealand company has come up with the world's first video stamps.

The stamps are supposedly being issued by the Netherlands to celebrate the 2006 Winter Olympics and will feature Dutch speed skaters - Ard Schenk, ‘The Flying Dutchman’ and Yvonne Van Gennip.

Measuring 52 mm x 30 mm in size they will have two seconds of condensed video footage of the skaters’ finest performance, displaying the actual video footage recorded when they won gold medals.

Lenticular printing is a process that uses numerous tiny lenses, which can produce depth, motion, HD (high definition) video, film or a combination of these.

According to a company press release, "They’re the first of their kind in the world, having new added security features never before seen in stamps, and comply with all the security requirements for philatelic printing."

Jonathan Moon, Director of Outer Aspect Ltd., is quoted as saying, "“This is merely a starting point. Now we are furthering the technology to double this video footage amount with both ease and confidence."

The release does not say exactly how the technology works, (i.e. power source) or how much they cost.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM