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  • succeeding to fail

    “Failure” is a popular word these days, especially in business/entrepreneur circles. “Fail early and often” is heard a lot – and even sometimes from me but in our case I’m talking about…

  • the last nanometer

    In the telco industry (for those not old enough to remember – that refers to telephone, as in copper wires strung between locations), the saying was that the “last mile” was the…

  • emulsional worlds

    The first talk specifically on emulsional worlds happens Friday at Chiat/Day. They are having an all-day workshop on narrative and technology (i.e. how will you make ads in VR 😉 and I’m…

  • we don’t need no stinking headsets

    I’ve often thought that projection mapping (PM) has been taking a back seat to head mounted displays. Microsoft had their Illumiroom concept a few years back, and projection mapping has been used…

  • auto race

    As a former club racer, I’m pretty mixed on this one. FormulaE will have a companion set of races for autonomous vehicles next year. Now competitions for alternative power and/or autonomous vehicles…

  • creativity vs productivity

    I polled my MBA students today, and nearly all of them had been asked in their job to be “more productive.” Interestingly, the same students had also been asked to be “creative”…

  • think with your pencil

    For 5 years (actually a bit more if you include grad school), I taught chemistry. In particular, organic chemistry tends to be vexing, and one joke I use when giving talks is…

  • design research

    Two terms that maybe don’t always (ever?) go together. This article makes the case for combining them, and I can’t disagree, at least in theory. Research has always been a mix of…

  • Apple buys Faceshift

    Apple has made another play into the computer vision and AR/VR arena with their purchase of Faceshift. This builds on earlier purchases of PrimeSense (user sensing) and Metaio (augmented reality). Evidently they…

  • register your drones

    Quadcopter/drones will be popular this holiday season (estimating 400K will be sold). Many incidents have already shown that there are fairly profound safety and societal issues that are raised by flying things…

  • all we need is AI

    Eurogamer article Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the long pole in the tent of games. Those that play all the time (*cough* my son) lament the “stupidity” of NPCs, but accept it as…

  • holoAds

    VR, AR, MR – no matter, in the end what they really want to do is immerse you in ads. How do you want your Volvo?