£15.99 DVDs? Just scan the barcode with your G1 Android, and watch it for FREE
You are standing in Blockbuster. You hold the perfect DVD for Friday evening in your hands. £15.99. Crapper. The checkout queue also looks a bit long. The security guard looks at you menacingly. You shrug. You whip out your Google Android, flip over the DVD, and take a snap of the barcode with your G1's inbuilt camera. You press a couple of buttons, slip the phone back into your pocket, and stroll out of Blockbusters with a big smile on your face. Done.
As soon as you get home, you switch on your HDTV. The movie is ready to go, just waiting for you to play. All this time you have not typed a single letter with a keyboard.
Life is good, thanks to new Android App, Torrent Droid, created by Alec Holmes of Zerofate for a modest reward of £65 from developer initiative website Androidandme where the idea originated from. How does the app work? Watch the video below.
The product is still in 'beta' stages, and the full version of Torrent Droid will be released within a month. The app is able to photo recognise bar codes and initiates a remote torrent download of the same movie you spotted at the shopping centre right on your home PC via a torrent application. There are other possibly useful applications, as BoingBoing editor Cory Doctorow points out:
I immediately thought of how useful this would be in conjunction with your personal DVD collection and a media-center PC under the TV. You could just barcode all the DVDs in your living room, have the Media Center torrent them, and box up the discs and stick them under the stairs. Yes, that's still illegal, but it'd be far more convenient than ripping the 1000-some DVDs currently cluttering up our tiny flat.
Everything seems 'illegal' these days. Except for taking bar code pics of food in the supermarket, remotely transferred to the significant other. Make me a sandwich... please? Nothing illegal about that, surely? More importantly, if only media companies and the movie industry didn't have their head up their arses for the last decade, innovative ideas like this could have been implemented, and perhaps reduce the need for menacingly-look security guards.