MoBouy: One of Web 2.0’s Most Innovative Picture Applications

Posted May 24, 2007 is an original idea that was developed by a few graduates from Eastern Michigan University. The idea was conceptualized by Mo Kakwan and was inspired by the audience reaction from Yahoo!’s Hack Day 2006. Mo’s Hack Day team had essentially disappeared overnight so Mo created an application that would synthesize audio patterns and match it with the mouth of Patrick Stewart, who plays Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek. Kakwan wrote a blog post of the event from his perspective on Pulse 2.0[1].

The idea is simple: Create an account, upload a picture, select the mouth area using a few dots, and then hit record. After you are satisfied, then you can save and share the widget on your blog or other website. The actual final product are code-named: “Blabbers.” Below are a few sample widgets. I made the one with Ned Flanders singing Joseph’s Coat from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamCoat.

Mobouy is currently self-funded and is looking angel investors. A new version of Blabber is currently being created which I will cover again in the near future. Mobouy is based in San Francisco, Calif.
[1] Pulse 2.0: Funny Guy Mo on Yahoo! Hack Day – Saved by Patrick Stewart