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2020 computer graphics

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 6th 2014 | Discuss

Computer graphics, CG, hasn’t always had 20/20 vision, although it has been inherently capable of it, given its quantized basis in mathematics and physics. Until just a few years ago, the I/O elements of a CG system were the constraining factors in creating the kind of high-quality graphics

Early or late, big or little, high or low?

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 15th 2014 | Discuss

Where you are on the curve—depends on the product You’ve all seen the classic technology adoption curve (top right).  It’s OK, easy to understand, and to draw, but I think it’s wrong when it comes to computers (and I include smartphones

THE QUARTER IN REVIEW - Comin ‘round the corner

Posted by Kathleen Maher on April 9th 2014 | Discuss

First Q down, three to go Sure don’t want to jinx anything, but a look at this issue suggests the industry is driving hard on the innovation front and in every imaginable direction, which is pretty typical for a first quarter. This is when you start laying the

A ramble of the past two weeks

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 1st 2014 | Discuss

We truly do live in exciting and interesting times We saw the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and then the GPU Technical Conference (GTC), and all sorts of associated events. At the GDC, the world was introduced to the Immersive Technology Alliance, got a look inside Mickey Hart’s brain,

What I did on my spring vacation

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 18th 2014 | Discuss

I started my spring vacation by going to Boston, where it was –37 degrees, and anything that had ever been moist or wet was now a solid block of permafrost. OK, maybe it wasn’t Helsinki temperatures, but it was damn cold for my weather-weeny California butt. So I

Worth the trip?

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 4th 2014 | Discuss

Conferences are a big commitment. Why go? As we wave good-bye to Barcelona and the excitement, madness, and competition for space, food, lodging, upgrades, and air, … hold on, I didn’t have to do any of that—I didn’t go to MWC this year. No

The incumbents

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 18th 2014 | Discuss

I want all of mine and some of yours. When markets have slow to negative growth, the only way a company can grow in them is to take market share from the other players. Consider the contests that are at work: • ARM is by far the leading RISC processor

Seeing more -  Is 8k enough?

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 4th 2014 | Discuss

Visual resolution or acuity is the spatial resolving capacity of the visual system—the ability of the eye to see fine detail. It is further defined as target detection, which only requires the perception of the presence or absence of an aspect of the stimuli, not the discrimination of

Long-distance vision - What about 2020?

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 21st 2014 | Discuss

My pal and fellow conspirator in pretending to be part of a think tank, Brad Holtz, asked me to opine on 2020. You want my opinions about good vision?, I asked, never really sure where Brad’s coming from. No, you idiot, he said, the year 2020, but I guess you

Wear this, now

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 6th 2014 | Discuss

You’re getting wearables, so be happy In addition to Apple, Archos, Basis, Casio, Emopulse, Epson, LG, Martian, Nike, Pebble, Qualcomm, Rockchip, Samsung Electronics, Sony, and ZTE launching new smartwatch wearable devices in 2014, don’t forget the fitness units from Adidas, FitBit, Fraunhofer (FitnessSHIRT), iRiver, JawBone, and Nike,