Friday, April 23, 2010

Movie Futures Exchanges

From J. M. to me

Was re-setting the DIGITAL TV, then flipping through the channels when the House of Rep. (Agriculture Committee) was having hearing on something that sounded exactly like the thing you wanted to do with the Arther C. Clark stuff.

From search: Movie Futures Exchanges

Friday, April 16, 2010

Electrowetting Promises Power-Sipping, Daylight Readable Color Displays

From Slashdot:
  Electrowetting Promises Power-Sipping, Daylight Readable Color Displays

Dutch researchers are working on a new application of an old technology that could mean bright color displays that draw much less power than conventional LCDs, according to the BBC. In this application, an instance of a technique known as electrowetting, droplets of colored oil in suspension are the basis for the display's colors; each pixel's color is determined by moving the colored oils with electrical current. A prototype reader from Dutch firm Liquivista is shown in the accompanying video; color magazines with 50-60hz refresh time using this display technology are at least a few years out, though. Significantly, these screens are daylight readable, which makes me wonder how they compare to Pixel-Qi style screens in power draw, brightness, and maximum density.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

In EU, Google Accused of YouTube "Free Ride"

From Slashdot:
In EU, Google Accused of YouTube "Free Ride"
An anonymous reader passes along a Financial Times piece that covers a push by EU telecoms to get Google to pay them directly — years after US ISPs began rattling that sword, to little effect thus far.

"Some of Europe's leading telecoms groups are squaring up for a fight with Google over what they claim is the free ride enjoyed by the technology company's YouTube video-sharing service. Telefónica, France Telecom, and Deutsche Telekom all said Google should start paying them for carrying bandwidth-hungry content such as YouTube video over their networks.... Some European telecoms groups fear Google will reduce them to 'dumb pipes' because the internet search and advertising company pays the network operators little or nothing for carrying its content. Rick Whitt, a senior policy director at Google in Washington ... said Google was spending large amounts on its own data networks to carry its traffic to the point where it is handed over to telecoms companies round the world."
Note that operates on a "first few per month free" paywall basis.

Low-Cost Multi-touch Whiteboard using the Wiimote

Using infrared (IR) light pens and the Wii Remote, it is possible to create very low-cost multi-point interactive whiteboards and multi-point tablet displays. Johnny Chung Lee, Carnegie Mellon University. The software can be downloaded at

Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote

Using the infrared camera in the Wii remote and a head mounted sensor bar (two IR LEDs), you can accurately track the location of your head and render view dependent images on the screen. This effectively transforms your display into a portal to a virtual environment. The display properly reacts to head and body movement as if it were a real window creating a realistic illusion of depth and space. By Johnny Chung Lee, Carnegie Mellon University. For more information and software visit

Camera and projector based User Interface

The ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (ACMUIST) has an interesting proof-of-concept video up demonstrating the use of cameras and laser pico-projectors to 'extend' a laptop's user interface to adjacent surfaces. The video demonstrates some simple gestures like tapping and dragging being captured on the 'extended' surface. While the prototype appears to be somewhat cumbersome, it's easy to see how it might be more elegantly integrated into the hardware with more R&D.

Future of 3D Street View To Include Live Video

From Slashdot: Future of 3D Street View To Include Live Video
"3D textured cityscapes are nothing new to Google Earth users: international cities such as New York have displayed this type of imagery for a while now. But now Google has made a critical change to Google Earth — adding high-resolution Street View imagery to existing city textures, effectively creating a semi photo-realistic 3D sim city you can fly through on your PC. As this article and videos show, it's only the tip of some very fancy features coming to online maps, with Microsoft demonstrating the ability to see Flickr images of your surroundings as you fly through cities (including the bizarre possibility of seeing horses and carriages on the streets), look up at the sky and see the stars through Worldwide Telescope, the ability to go inside buildings thanks to backpack cameras, and see live video streams from a friend's phone, turning the static map image into a live video."

DVTel: HD Platform and ioimage Analytics

From my Inbox:

Webinar:  DVTel's HD Platform + ioimage Analytics

Monday, May 3, 2010
Time:  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT

Join us to learn about DVTel's HD Platform - now with ioimage Analytics.

DVTel's intelligent Security Operations Center (iSOC) V6 - combines DVTel's line of IP HD Cameras, the Latitude Network Video Management System (NVMS),ioimage video analytics intelligence, as well as other advanced applications to create a rich integration platform that offers a single, highly intuitive graphical user interface.

DVTel's iSOC V6 is used in thousands of installations worldwide.  Come learn how this innovative solution can help save you installation time, improve your Return on Investment (ROI) and provide a better overall, end-to-end system.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
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Booth: #A11

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When: June 16 - 17
Where:David L. Lawrence Convention Center Pittsburgh, PA
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DVTel Acquires Analytics Leader ioimage and continues to expand intelligent Security Operations Center Offering
The decision to acquire ioimage is central to DVTel's on-going strategy to innovate end-to-end, IP-based physical security solutions so that they continue to grow to meet the changing needs of its customer base.  Over the past 18 months, the company has seen a significant increase in the number of third-party analytics solutions integrated with DVTel's enterprise level systems around the globe. It increasingly made good strategic sense to offer the very best analytics capabilities as part of DVTel's own iSOC solution.  Read all about it.
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Lightworks Video Editor To Go Open Source

From Slashdot:
Lightworks Video Editor To Go Open Source

"EditShare will release its video editor as open source this summer. Lightworks handles high-definition media, DPX, and RED, shares projects with Final Cut Pro and Avid, and was recently used by Academy-award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker on Shutter Island. Introduced in 1989 and bought by EditShare last year, it 'has come from over one million hours of software development,' says EditShare's James Richings. But he says releasing the source will 'generate concepts and capabilities never seen before. I expect that the Lightworks Open Source initiative will transform not only the technology, but also the opinions on what a professional editing tool can achieve.'" From the press release's description, it sounds like the "open source" phase will follow a period of free-as-in-beer downloading.

It seems to be a Apple Mac application, it's not clear looking at the site what platforms are supported.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

iSpecs: Apple eyes up 3D future with projection glasses

iSpecs: Apple eyes up 3D future with projection glasses that will play films on the move

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hard Drives Shipping with preloaded movies

Paramount Pictures is selling Seagate Technology hard drives with the latest Star Trek, GI Joe,Nacho Libre and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius come pre-loaded. They have a digital lock that requires a code that can be purchased online for $10 to $15 each

The 500GB hard drive will sell for a special promotional price of $100 and the claim that "an empty 500 GB Seagate hard drive usually sells for $140.
Although Newegg sells a similar 500GB Seagate for $54.99 with free shipping.

This must be similar to the deal Paramount cut for putting movies on USB Sticks.
Movies to ship on USB Sticks. 11/2009

Ironically I pitched this to Western Digital in 1999 and Maxtor R&D back in Feb 2001 and they show
Cell Processors for use in Hard Drives, Chuch Moore CPU, Enumera (PPT Version)

Also work with a Hollywood start-up back in 2005 planning to sell  a self contained media player using 2.5 inch laptop drive preloaded with movies.  Based more secure design of the Unibrain iZak Media player. It just had composite and HDMI video output and IR remote and no USB.