Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

August 16, 2016, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—A group of experts talked about the changes in capabilities and characteristics that computer systems will need as consumer devices increasingly move to voice-activated interfaces. Users expect greater personal mobility when not tethered to their devices even if the user interface devices are wireless. Most audio interfaces to [...]

August 19, 2015, Intel Developer Forum, San Francisco—Filipe Pedroso from Intel talked about developing apps in Windows for the RealSense camera family. The peripheral systems can add new functionality and enhanced capabilities to Windows operations. The RealSense technology is based on an RBG camera for basic imaging and an IP emitter and detector for depth [...]

June 23, 2015, PCI-SIG Dev-Con, Santa Clara, CA—Al Yanes and Ramin Neshati updated the status of the latest revisions to the PCI specifications. The organization continues to work on low power and alternate form factors for their interface specifications. The PCI-SIG defines I/O bus specs and form factors with emphasis on compliance and interoperability. The [...]

May 7, 2015, Neurogaming Conference, San Francisco—Phillip Rosedale from High Fidelity talked about the changing nature and perceptions of the VR and real worlds, and the things happening at their intersection. New hardware and software that takes advantage of the greater capabilities are making the VR worlds more immersive and real. Wikipedia defines the metaverse [...]

August 5, 2014, Emerging Display Technology Conference, San Jose, CA—The last session at this conference considered interactivity. Calvin Hsieh from NPD Display Search opened the session, followed by Brian Daly from Synaptics, David Bordui from Cima NanoTech, and Russell Jordan from AMS. Hsieh noted that smart devices have different user interfaces that change with the [...]

March 25, 2014, GPU technology conference, San Jose, CA—Kobi Ben Zvi from Mishor talked about heads-up displays and augmented reality for cars. There is an ongoing trend to include more augmented reality functions in cars to provide greater ease of use, safety, and greater access to relevant information. The advance of augmented reality in cars [...]

February 11, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—Advanced biomedical systems are combining integrated sensors and actuators to offer better data and improved comfort and usability at the point of care. These systems not only help to reduce the cost of healthcare, but enable early diagnosis, personal point of care, and therapy outside of traditional clinical settings. This [...]

September 2013, Intel Developer forum, San Francisco—Ben Hacker detailed the changes in Thunderbolt interfaces to address the need for higher transfer speeds. The Thunderbolt 2 doubles the throughput of the original Thunderbolt. The base technology is designed to merge a number of traffic lines into a single cable that supports multiple protocols. It is designed [...]

September 12. 2012, Intel Developers forum, San Francisco—We talked with Jeff Ravencraft of the USB-Implementers Forum about the state of USB. The organization is touting the growing acceptance of the 3.0 specification and the preliminary efforts in power delivery. USB is becoming the default interface for more than just data. The interface can deliver up [...]

August 20, 2012, Churchill Club, Palo Alto, CA—A diverse panel of technocrats participated in a panel discussion on the future of speech in interfacing with technology. Quentin Hardy from the New York Times moderated the panel. Panelists included Sheryl Connelly from Ford Motor Company, Ron Kaplan from Nuance, Dan Miler from Opus Research, and Steve [...]