Friday, April 25th, 2014

March 26, 2014, GPU Technology Conference, San Jose, CA—James Fox from DawnRunner described the changes in visual effects workflows, and the consequences and impacts of changing technologies. New technologies are enabling small, independent visual effects companies to challenge existing philosophies. Existing solutions to creating effects are very hard to scale. The complex tools and equipment [...]

February 12, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—New materials and technologies are starting to move beyond the lab into new applications. The different semiconductor materials are being deposited on many types of substrates and the component libraries are now rich enough to make microprocessors and PROMs and well as display drivers and analog circuits. Kris Myny from [...]

February 10, 2014, ISSCC, San Francisco—Mark Horowitz from Stanford talked about the need to change our views of computing and energy use. Even though Moore and Dennard promised lower costs and higher performance with every generation, we are hitting some fundamental limits. Computers, or microprocessors are showing up everywhere, even in disposable greeting cards. But [...]

February 3, 2014, Electronic Imaging Conference, San Francisco—Harry Matthias from San Jose State University talked about mythologies and their effect on digital cinema. This summer, there will be no more film deliveries to theaters, and all projected films will be digital. Standards from SMPTE and ISO exist to define all facets of these movies from [...]

January 29, 2014, DesignCon, Santa Clara, CA—Eileen Bartholomew from the X-Prize Foundation talked about creating a new future through breakthrough technologies. Before anyone can get a breakthrough, the concept is just another crazy idea. Breakthroughs change the directions and drivers for the future. Although our life seemed to be local and linear the world is [...]

January 23, 2014, National Association of Music Merchants, Anaheim—Craig Anderson moderated an executive roundtable comprised of Bob Ezrin, producer, Henry Juszkiewicz from Gibson, Hartley Peavey from Peavey, Gene Joly from Guitar Center’s Musicians’ Friend division, Chuck Surack from Sweetwater, and Marcus Ryle from Line 6. The changes in technology are facilitating the symbiosis of technology [...]

Tue Mantoni, CEO of Bang & Olufsen, has been leading the icon Danish corporation for the last 3 years but his passion for the company that was founded in 1925 and its audio products started in his early age. After the press meeting at the Bang & Olufsen suite where we had a chance to [...]

namm 2014 – Anaheim January 23-26 January 7, 2014, Joe Lamond presented an overview of NAMM and its upcoming show. The show takes thousands of people to make it happen and demonstrates new ideas, shares best practices, and offers an opportunity for the music merchants and industry to get together. The annual event has taken [...]

November 2013, A discussion on autonomous and connected vehicles was a highlight panel at the Connected Car Expo at the LA Auto Show. The panel, moderated by Joseph White of the Wall Street Journal, and featured Ron Medford of Google, Jeff Klei of Continental, and Sven Beiker of Stanford. The panel started with the question [...]

August 6, 2013, Emerging Display Technologies Conference, San Jose, CA-A panel moderated by Paul Semenza from NPD DisplaySearch looked at the developing technologies for touch sensors. The panel included Ola Wassvik from FlatFrog, Kelly Ingham from Cima Nanotech, Jim Tassone from Unipixel Displays, and Bob Senior form Canatu. Wassvik started with large area touch using [...]