Archive for October, 2014

  • In a fairly surprising move, Microsoft announced the closure of its Silicon Valley research lab and the layoff of most of the scientists and researchers. Most of the computer science community, including the ACM and a long list of top scientists at Stanford, Princeton, MIT, CMU, and UC Berkeley have all expressed dismay in a letter to the company.  I am also disappointed to see the move from Microsoft... In 1996, I was attending the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition and found myself at a dinner with many of the top researchers in the field (and, ...Read More »

  • It looks like it’s zero hour for the NASA countdown clock. After more than 40 years of operation at the Kennedy Space Center – the clock is set to be replaced by a more modern LED display. It’s interesting to use the retirement of the clock as a data point on how fast display technologies are now changing.  Although most of the world moved to LED displays over a decade ago – the iconic countdown clock, when it was originally envisioned, was a pretty interesting display. ...Read More »

  • The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics will go to the three inventors of the blue LED (light-emitting diode).  If you work in the AV space, then you already know the importance that the LED has on display technology in general. But you may not realize how the blue LED allowed LEDs to move from niche products and single-color signage displays to displays that are able to emit basically any color in the common gamut. The work by Isamu Akaski and Hiroshi Amano at Nagoya University in Japan as ...Read More »