Scientists at the University of Toronto have developed a new technology that promises to give a boost to Internet advertising.
Placing Internet ads on websites easier and more profitable in the future as the latest technology allows ads to be resized to fit any available website space.
Internet ads are currently only available in three or four specific sizes, meaning websites must be designed around the ads. The size restrictions greatly limit ad placement options and affect the way ads look on devices such as the iPhone and iPad.
However, the new technology, developed by UofT Electrical and Computer Engineering associate professor Parham Aarabi, enables ads to be resized automatically to conform to any web space.
“Currently, a significant portion of usable website spaces are not used for advertising because the standard size ads don’t fit,” said Aarabi.
“Our technology is the first ever to conform ads to any available website space in an automated and practical way. Essentially, advertisers provide a single ad at a preset size, and our technology can, automatically and dynamically, regenerate the ad at any size, resolution, or aspect ratio by taking into account the contents of the ad, relevant text, and other information,” Aarabi added.
He added that the technology would translate into profit because formerly wasted web space can be used for advertising.
“Given an online advertising market worth billions of dollars, this technology could significantly increase revenues for publishers, and create new opportunities for advertisers,” Aarabi said.
The concept will be presented at the World Wide Web 2010 Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. (ANI)