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The year shapes up

Posted by Kathleen Maher on July 11th 2016 | Discuss

If the first quarter is when the tech industry states its highest ambitions and fondest dreams, the second quarter is when many promises come to fruition … or not. New products promised at the end of the previous year, and in the first quarter, will start showing up on store

FLOPS vs FRAPS: cars and GPUs

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 22nd 2016 | Discuss

What makes the difference where the rubber meets the road? FLOPS—Floating-point Operations Per Second is a measurement of a processor’s arithmetic processing speed and has been used since the early 1960s to evaluate and compare CPUs. FRAPS—FRAmes Per Second— is a benchmarking scheme


Posted by Jon Peddie on June 7th 2016 | Discuss

Born of many fathers, VR and AR grow in popularity In doing research for my book on Augmented Reality, I re­alized many people were ex­plaining AR and VR, what it is, how it works, who invented what and when. I think that is the measure of

The AIB is here to tell ya, I’m not dead yet

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 26th 2016 | Discuss

PC sales are down, it’s the end of an era, woe oh woe, what’ll we do?  Relax. The hysterical headlines of shares pushers on Seeking Alpha, Motley Fool, and various “news” sites are enough to make anyone think the world is coming to

My personal companion doesn’t know who the hell I am

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 11th 2016 | Discuss

And I no longer care When I pick up my phone, in a hurry, to try and get Shazam to wake up in time to listen to the song I am hearing, I wonder if I’ll be very lucky and manage to do that. And then if Shazam

The 10 million Frequent Pixels Club

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 26th 2016 | Discuss

Just like the airlines and hotels I’ve been thinking about establishing a Frequent Pixels Club. You know, how you can accumulate miles from an airline based on how frequently you fly, or points from a hotel based on how many times you stayed at the chain. Well. what

THE QUARTER IN REVIEW - Say, what’s that thing on your head?

Posted by Kathleen Maher on April 5th 2016 | Discuss

The first quarter was dominated by VR and, to a lesser extent, AR and its confused cousin MR (mixed reality). As I write this, the Microsoft Build event has just happened and Hololens has marched into the room. It seems clear that in the near future, at least some people

I’m sick of hearing about VR sickness

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 30th 2016 | Discuss

Minorities aren’t going to determine this market I remember when we were trying to get people interested in stereo 3D (S3D) and all we heard about was, “I’m not wearing those goofy glasses.” Right, except when I go to the movies, somehow that

Are we entering a new era?

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 16th 2016 | Discuss

Maybe My cynical been-there done-that, you-can’t-impress-me attitude may be breaking down. Leonard Cohen sings, “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” He’s right.  The ability to enter into immersive experiences is changing everything. So, maybe that

Real or virtual—is it legal?

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 7th 2016 | Discuss

Another side of photorealism and VR—can AI save the day? As focused as I have been over the decades on the realism and suspension of disbelief in computer graphics, and as naïve as it sounds, I never considered the potential dark side of accomplishing what we