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  • 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 toughest. What that means is that laying trunk infrastructure (i.e. the main pipes), while challenging, is a fairly understandable and consistent problem. But…

  • 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 coming in to talk about…well, I guess about emulsional worlds. Making the new deck was a royal PITA as there were about five…

  • 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 to good effect in outdoor art installations. Now Amazon wants to invade your living room. While each technology has its strengths and weaknesses,…

  • 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 are nothing new. But in this case, it brings it in-line with a human-piloted series. And since there is no need to protect…

  • 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” at work. A recent HBJ story indicates the two are at odds with each other. While the overall premise seems sound – that…

  • 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 that organic is the class that converts students from pre-med to pre-law. Typically he reason for that is due to the poor way…

  • 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 art and science, though many will claim it should be all of the latter. Design typically is the other way around, so actually…

  • 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 are not content to sit on the sidelines while Microsoft pushes HoloLens, Facebook pushes Oculus, and Google…well, they will just find more stuff…

  • 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 with cameras. Back in the day a pilot needed to acquire skills to fly an object around, and there were a lot of…

  • 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 part of the package. One reason for the popularity of multi-player games is the fact that people aren’t as stupid as AI, so…

  • 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?

  • all that gear

    After many years of hype and some pretenders, the first “semi-real” VR solution hits the shelves with Samsung VR. No, the content isn’t ready – most of it is pretty bad. For instance the NY Times Cardboard app gave me sim sickness in 10 seconds – a new record. But we’ll see how the holiday…