State of Play Games at SIGGRAPH 2015 By Ko Maruyama During the SIGGRAPH convention, State of Play games introduced attendees to creating games with physical environments. By using paper, glue, markers, and other art supplies, anyone could become part of the game making process. Once the stage was set each day, an interactive experience was built in a few minutes. ...Read More »
State of Play Games at SIGGRAPH 2015 By Ko Maruyama During the SIGGRAPH convention, State of Play games introduced attendees to creating games with physical environments. By using paper, glue, markers, and other art supplies, anyone could become part of the game making process. Once the stage was set each day, an interactive experience was built in a few minutes. ...Read More »
Conductak Sticky Circuitry By Ko Maruyama Conductak chief conductor, Allen Pan, has created a simple solution to introduce circuitry and making to a community of learners who might not be able to use a soldering iron or complex breadboards. The conductak sticky material can be used on multiple materials too. At this year's SIGGRAPH Making area, Allen showed attendees how fun and easy simple circuitry can be. ...Read More »
Making Space at SIGGRAPH 2015 By Ko Maruyama At this year's SIGGRAPH convention in Los Angeles, California, artists from various disciplines meet to talk about graphics, properties of graphics, and technology surrounding the creation of graphics. Jean Kaneko has created a space near the SIGGRAPH art gallery to allow attendees to create physical art that inspires invention. ...Read More »
Whats The Best Android Phone For Business? By Keith Loria for America's Backbone Weekly Samsung, LG, Motorola and HTC all make great phones for businesswhich one is best for yours? ...Read More »
Content Insider #399 - Everyone Sells By Miles Weston Raise your hand if you've been out in the field with your sales team making sales calls. Wait why should you? Your job is engineering, accounting, product design, service/support, marketing/communications you don't have to do sales too. Sorry but you do. We're all selling something to your boss, to a customer, to someone you work with, to an editor/analyst, to some government official, to your significant other, to your kids (that's a tough one). You're constantly selling because if you aren't you're the sellee. Sure sometimes you have to be the purchasor but even then do it so you sell yourself on buying it or the seller that you're leading the process. ...Read More »
Intelligent Vending Machines Actively Sell & Engage For You By Keith Loria for America's Backbone Weekly They feature touch-screen controls, video, audio, scent, gesture-based interaction, and cashless payment. ...Read More »
Intelligent Vending Machines Actively Sell & Engage For You By Keith Loria for America's Backbone Weekly They feature touch-screen controls, video, audio, scent, gesture-based interaction, and cashless payment. ...Read More »
Grading Martian Landscapes with DaVinci Resolve Creating a cinematic opening scene for a video game is incredibly hard to do well. You have a couple of minutes to tell a dramatic story that will capture and bring the gamer into a new world, as well as set up the background story and emotions for the countless hours of gameplay about to happen. And for game makers, the opening cinematic has to separate you from the hundreds of other games out there. ...Read More »
Content Insider #381 - Worlds Apart By Miles Weston Whether you walk through Skywalker Ranch, Pixar's facilities or backlots, studios, lofts, backrooms, bedrooms around the globe you'll find filmmakers wanting more - more budget, more freedom, more time, more experience/expertise, more of whatever the other guy/gal has and always more storage. It's the same the world over creative people simply want more and increasingly they're worrying about keeping their content for others to enjoy again and again. It's a challenge with content that starts and stays digital and increasingly it's becoming a concern...a big concern. ...Read More »
Motion Capture x 3 By Ko Maruyama The aptly named iPi Soft upgrade now stands at version 3. It's not just the iteration that follows 2, but it captures up to 3 people at once. Using multiple cameras (up to 16 USB cameras or multiple Kinect 2 sensors), the software allows you to capture and edit motion data on your PC. Later, you can export the data to your favorite 3D software to use as animation data. ...Read More »
Does My Business Need an App? By Dana Lindahl for America's Backbone Weekly Apps aren't useful for everyone, but if your business is going to have one, you need to do it right. ...Read More »
No Instant Success By Larry O Connor We love the observations of people "he's an overnight success" and "boy it must be great to be the big boss and give everyone orders." There's no such thing as an overnight success and it's tough being the boss and making people really believe the ultimate success or destruction of the company is based on how well they manage what they do and how they manage their failures because...they'll come. The CEO of OWC has some great advice for dealing with the challenges, the opportunities. ...Read More »
ArtRage 4.5 Released for Mac By Ko Maruyama ArtRage from Ambient Design gets a significant speed and feature boost in the latest version upgrade. The Mac software is free for all registered users of ArtRage 4. In addition to a hefty speed increase in its 64-bit engine build, the new version also has support for stylus tilt and more. ...Read More »
One Marine's Journey By Miles Weston Over the years tens of thousands of young men and women have returned from war zones with significant physical and mental disabilities. Most adapt to their new life and some don't. Cirina Catania, founder of The Catania Group, has volunteered her time and talent to visually tell their path back and new goals. Her first documentary - still in post production - highlights the path Cpl Kionte Storey, USMC Ret, and best friend, Koja, a Siberian Husky service dog, are taking they hope will lead them to the 2016 International Paralymics. When completed in a few months the documentary will be available online and she hopes to be broadcast with all of the proceeds going to help other returned and returning military personnel. ...Read More »
Q&A With Larry O'Connor - Founder/CEO of Other World Computing We discuss with Other World Computing Founder and CEO Larry O'Connor the issues with memory and storage as the need for larger and faster memory and storage devices explodes. The difference between 4k imagry and HD or NTSC is stunning. So too is the difference in storage needs. From desktop to broadcast, from consumer devices to game development, the need for speed and capacity is becoming insatiable. ...Read More »
Using Nvidia`s SHIELD to help with Dementia Terminal Agitation By Mark Poppin This is a very personal story with its roots in Nvidia's GTC 2014 where a keynote presentation focused on video games and improving cognition in persons with Alzheimer's and dementia. Over five million Americans suffer from dementia or similar illnesses, and that number is expected to triple in the next 35 years as the population ages. My 89 year-old mother suffers from advanced dementia and is in a stage that doctors and nurses have called "terminal agitation", a type of delirium that refers to multiple signs of central nervous system irritability that may include restlessness, agitation, distressed babbling or singing, twitching, jerking and/or recurrent fits which generally result in the sufferer's inability to sleep. A lack of sleep coupled with continual movements may exhaust the patient and the caregivers. Although managing agitation is extremely challenging, this editor as primary caregiver, has found that using Nvidia's SHIELD is very helpful. ...Read More »
5 Advertising Integrations Used In Video Games By Adam Dawson Although advertising in games has been around since the dawning of the industry, it hasn't seen as rapid of growth and success as it has in the past 10 years. Offering low CPM rates and the potential to increase notoriety in the 13-35 age demographic, this space has become extremely sought after by companies when monetizing their brand. Currently, there are five ad integrations that have proven to be most effective in doing so. ...Read More »
Gaming Is Big Business...for Those Employing Predictive Analytics For online and video gaming, the upheaval in industry practices toward digital has caused a drastic reconfiguration within business models, advertising revenue and the general approach to the industry at large. In this live webcast, you'll learn how predictive analytics can help you analyze a myriad of data, understand the attributes of high-value players, predict lifetime value and score individual players on various affinities so you can deliver the right offer at the right time. ...Read More »
Content Insider #320 - Being Human By Miles Weston We're still digesting all of the stuff we saw at CES. But we did notice a few things that stuck out like sore thumbs to us. The best keynotes (there were dozens), the best booths were those that were focused on the customer (the show visitor), not how great, how cool the company was. Funny how that works the places you want to spend the most time, associate with, buy from are the firms that aren't huge design wonders but human-centric. ...Read More »
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