TV Zeppelin Video Instant Messenger App

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This technology is a smartphone application that can send personal video messages to another person via augmented reality (AR). The video message is delivered via a virtual object acting as a messenger in the AR environment, much like a “singing telegram” delivers personal messages in real life.

AR is a technology that combines or imposes virtual objects with the real world. This is commonly accomplished by use of a headset or glasses that project contextual images onto the real world, or by displaying the image captured by a mobile device’s camera and imposing the virtual objects on the device’s display of the real world.

AR is being explored for a variety of purposes, including office productivity, virtual events, construction and manufacturing, games, and social media. In the area of social media and messaging, AR technology is typically limited to placing stickers, filters, or animations on a picture or video. This technology, on the other hand, turns the idea on its head, making use of an AR object to deliver a personal video message, rather than merely having the message itself contain AR elements.


  • Augmented reality
  • Social media
  • Advertisement and marketing


  • Allows uploading of your own video
  • Highly customizable; can be used for a variety of purposes
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Contact For More Information:
Lewis Humphreys
Licensing Manager, Eller College of Mngmt & OTT
The University of Arizona
Lead Inventor(s):
Nafisul Khondaker
Trevor Hoshiwara
Ash Scheder Black