A new service at Blinkx.tv provides the capability to search the web for video (and audio) clips. Blinkx claims to be unique among other providers in that you can not only search with standard keywords and Boolean queries, but you can also enter normal text for a conceptual search. The search is done on a transcript of the words taken from the soundtrack of the television video clip - just like in Heinlein's newsbox.
The homepage starts with an interesting application; a large matrix of screen capture thumbnails. Some of them are moving; run your cursor over the moving thumbnail, and get a short text summary. Click on the thumbnail to see the clip.
This interface looks quite similar to an earlier effort - see 10x10's User Interface Cooler Than Google's By A Factor Of Ten for more information. Finally, here's a shot of a standard search results page:
Blinkx.tv also provides Smart Folders, which reside on your PC. Content is automatically pushed to these folders, based on user-specified criteria, keeping them current for offline viewing. Read more about Blinkx.tv and other similar services here.
(This Science Fiction in the News story used with permission from Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction.)