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Have Eyes Ready – First Ever Showing Of HDR Technology January 19

Posted in film, innovation, Media, photography, quality by aldorf on January 18, 2011

The world’s first complete high dynamic range (HDR) camera can capture high-quality video in a wide range of lighting conditions, including inside the human body. HDR also can complement 3D technology by providing depth perception without the need to wear 3D glasses. A human eye can cope with rapid changes and variety in lighting levels but a traditional camera is only capable of capturing a limited range in any scene. The actual range it can cope with depends on the exposure and f-stop setting of the camera. Anything outside that limited range is either under- or over-exposed. The camera is capable of 20 f-stops, full HD (1920 × 1080) resolution at 30 frames per second. Researchers at the University of Warwick developed the technology and will demo it January 19 in the first ever showing of a short film shot using this new HDR technology. Although HDR imagery for static images has been around for 15 years, it has not been possible to capture HDR video until now. This project brings together internationally leading expertise in HDR imaging and a unique HDR video technology from the University of Warwick with an innovative professional film maker, Entanglement Productions and a new high-tech company specialising in HDR technology. For more information and the upcoming event go to: http://www.gohdr.com/

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TinkerFun: My Little Piece of Privacy – by Niklas Roy

Posted in art, film, ideas by aldorf on January 18, 2011

My workshop is located in an old storefront with a big window facing towards the street. In an attempt to create more privacy inside, I’ve decided to install a small but smart curtain in that window. The curtain is smaller than the window, but an additional surveillance camera and an old laptop provide it with intelligence: The computer sees the pedestrians and locates them. With a motor attached, it positions the curtain exactly where the pedestrians are.

The whole setup works really well. But in the end, it doesn’t protect my privacy at all. It seems that the existence of my little curtain is leading itself ad absurdum, simply by doing its job very well. My moving curtain attracts the looks of people which usually would never care about my window. It is even the star of the street, now! My curtain is just engaged. And because of that, it fails. (via niklasroy.com, Music by Holy Konni)

“The Heaviness Of Being Successful Was Replaced By The Lightness Of Being A Beginner Again, Less Sure About Everything.” – Steve Jobs

Posted in inspiration, internet, Media, pioneers by aldorf on January 18, 2011

After yesterdays news about another medical leave of him, I remembered his commencement address atStanford from 2005.

 

***Interesting read (October 2010): John Sculley on Steve Jobs and on the value of experience. Interview transscript***

New Entertainment Ecosystem – UltraViolet

Posted in film, innovation, internet, Media, music, quality by aldorf on January 18, 2011

the Ultraviolet video is a bit cheesy but worth watching. Dece Ultraviolet is

the latest attempt by the entertainment industry to distribute its content securely. The basic idea behind UltraViolet is the cloud based digital locker for content and rights licenses. DECE (Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem) which is a cross-industry consortium of over 50 companies (and growing, Apple and Disney are missing!) committed to make UltraViolet the next generation standard for rich media experience where the users will get the flexibility and user experience they’ve been denied for over a decade now. With UltraViolet, users will be able to download, stream, share and even get copies for use on physical media, basically covering a great deal of the average user needs in terms of interoperability and user experience. BUT that’s solving just half (or less) of the issues. Technical agreement on a common file format is a good start, but the business model side remains an open issue. And history has shown the poor ability of the entertainment industry to be creative in this space.

 

 

(via Lift Conference)

7 Must Reads: Presentation Skills

Posted in conference, design, ideas, Media, quality by aldorf on January 18, 2011

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery

by Garr Reynolds

Clear and to the Point: 8 Psychological Principles for Compelling PowerPoint Presentations

By Stephen M. Kosslyn

The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed & Critical Errors to Avoid

by Michael Alley

slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations

by Nancy Duarte

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

by Carmine Gallo

The Jelly Effect: How to Make Your Communication Stick

By Andy Boundes

The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures

by Dan Roam

 

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