“We do big things.” I really liked that as the closer in the President’s speech last night. I know those things are very pro forma, but it still made me feel really good about the work we’re doing here. Mersive was founded on the idea that the amazing, immersive, and high-resolution displays currently only used by an elite few can, and should, be available more broadly to our researchers, business community, and educators.
As the President said, “in a single generation, revolutions in technology have transformed the way we live, work and do business.” I’m convinced we’ll see that happen again in my lifetime. Look at how blowing the top off CPU power and bandwith generated endless innovation across so many fields. A similar revolution in displays is about to occur. Breaking the constraints that have existed in display technology is going to spur a revolution in science, research and education unlike we’ve seen in decades. We will change how the world works by generating an almost limitless supply of pixels that are manipulate-able (my new word for the day) in new ways that support scientific exploration and communication. Some of our NSF funded work is developing products that will enable new technology-mediated collaboration (both co-located and more traditional teleconferencing) in pixel-rich environments. I think these new ways to utilize displays will be as transformative to communication as the telephone.
I was also very glad to hear the President talk about the importance of government research grants to help support small businesses and spur innovation. He said, “Our free enterprise system is what drives innovation. But because it’s not always profitable for companies to invest in basic research, throughout history our government has provided cutting-edge scientists and inventors with the support that they need. That’s what planted the seeds for the Internet. That’s what helped make possible things like computer chips and GPS. Just think of all the good jobs – from manufacturing to retail – that have come from those breakthroughs”. If you read my recent post about Mersive’s SBIR grants you know I share in that sentiment.