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Is VR the new electricity?

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 12th 2016 | Discuss

Is AI the new light bulb? Virtual reality (VR) and artificial in­telligence (AI) remind me of stories I’ve read describing the late 1800s and early 1900s when people were finding novel uses for electricity, like electrocuting elephants and lighting up the streets at night. Personally, I

Summer is over and work begins

Posted by Kathleen Maher on October 7th 2016 | Discuss

Fall really is a wonderful time of year. The kids are back at school and still too enthusiastic about their new clothes and seeing their friends to remember that it’s a terrible soul-crushing place. It’s harvest time and business is gearing up for the holidays. There

On being natural

Posted by Jon Peddie on September 28th 2016 | Discuss

The technology disappears when it’s working We are advancing quickly into the next generation of computing— aided and enabled, of course, by Moore’s Law and an expanding army of clever programmers who know, or are learning, how to exploit the new, tiny, yet powerful hardware.

Call me lazy, backward, a troglodyte, whatever

Posted by Jon Peddie on September 14th 2016 | Discuss
Tags: pc transfer programs disk-imaging

I didn’t create the problem, I’m a victim like you I’m not buying a new PC. Even though the one I have is embarrassingly old, going on three years now, and even though it crashes once a day, I’m sticking with it

You will know computers really work when . . .

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 31st 2016 | Discuss
Tags: pc user interface secuity it

Computer—what’s that? I kinda’ grew up in the computer era, beginning with punch cards and patch panels. At the time it was exciting, the newest thing. Only super geeks could play with computers, and we (forgive the lack of humility) were not only tolerant of

The letters of the future

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 16th 2016 | Discuss

Although we speak in code, we all have the decoder We’ve lived through, enjoyed, and profited from the PC era, and of course it’s not over yet, just shifting to the high end. As the PC (a convenient and beloved two-letter acronym, sometimes confused with political

On Siggraph and other conferences

Posted by Jon Peddie on August 3rd 2016 | Discuss

Resiliency due to relevance Siggraph and other shows are right-sized for the audience they serve. Allow me to elaborate. We at-tend, as visitors, and occasionally as speakers, several conferences a year (maybe as many as 40). Some are company events like IDF, DellWorld, GTC, etc., and most are industry events such

Could 2016 be the make or break year for consumer VR?

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 20th 2016 | Discuss
Tags: vr nintendo mobile vr pokemon

The promise of so many things this year The subject of VR is getting more air time than the U.S. political can­didates, which in itself isn’t a bad thing. Google is going to build a high-end VR HMD—no, wait a minute, they&rsquo

Seeing is, . . . everything

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 13th 2016 | Discuss

The human brain processes entire images in 13 milliseconds We are visual animals. Ninety percent of the information we gather about the world and ourselves is done by our visual system, and naturally, we use our vision as a model for all other systems. If you want to build a successful

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