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This week seems to be overflowing with good news.
We are bursting with pride that Nancy Kleinrock’s daughter (and Len Kleinrock’s granddaughter) Anna Schneider was just listed on the Forbes 2015 30 under 30 list, energy division: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mef45efmhf/anna-schneider-29/.
And speaking of pride, longtime member Boeing has much to crow about – it was just announced that the company will continue its tradition of being the Presidential choice for air travel: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/air-force-one-boeing-747-8-114689.html?cmpid=sf#ixzz3QAdvPPUC
We are also happy to congratulate some of our past speakers on their nomination for the Women 2.0 Awards. A hat tip to Esther Dyson (Regional Meeting, San Francisco, July 2014), Robin Chase (Memphis - September, 2006 and Atlanta – February 2014) and Yoky Matsuoka (Seattle – December 2012) http://awards.women2.com/nominate/
When a recreational drone (specifically a DJI Phantom!) crashes on the White House lawn, maybe regulations for noncommercial use of UAVs will follow (Eric Cheng and Mike Hawley, San Francisco, Dec 2014; Jelena Jovanovic and Christoph Kohstall, San Francisco, Dec 2014). http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/26/us-usa-whitehouse-device-idUSKBN0KZ0UD20150126
Advisory Board Member John Perry Barlow was one of the featured Reinventers on this podcast: http://reinventors.net/videos/recap-possible-game-changing-technologies/
This week the Federal Trade Commission released guidelines for devices intended for consumer-scale Internet of Things applications (Adam Dunkels, Vienna, Jul 2013). The focus is on privacy, security, and data minimization as first-class considerations in the design phase; a through thread is notification and choice regarding data collection (Julian Ranger, London, Jul 2014). http://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/reports/federal-trade-commission-staff-report-november-2013-workshop-entitled-internet-things-privacy/150127iotrpt.pdf
Now that winter storm Juno has passed and hard-hit New England has dug out, Noah Diffenbaugh (San Francisco, Dec 2014) is ready to put his climate models to work and let computational physics shed light on the extent that climate change affected the strength of this weather event: http://www.wired.com/2015/01/global-warming-blizzard-worse/
It seems that augmented reality is everywhere we look:
Microsoft is making a big investment in AR. Take a peek at its latest product demo, Hololens. http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/21/7868251/microsoft-hololens-hologram-hands-on-experience
Qantas Airline will be treating its first-class customers to a first-class entertainment experience by providing them with Samsung VR headsets on flights between Australia and Los Angeles, muscling in on Avegant's stated application space (Allan Evans, San Francisco, 2014). http://www.pcworld.com/article/2877478/samsung-gear-vr-will-provide-first-class-entertainment-on-quantas-flights.html
When it comes to AR, we’ve been tracking this a long time. Just take a peek at some of our many AR talks:
Jeri Ellsworth: 3-D Augmented Reality Game System, San Francisco, California, December 2013.
Scott Fisher: Technologies of Presence: From Virtual Environments to Environmental Media, Geneva, Switzerland, September 2005.
Steve Mann: Souveillance and Cyborglogging, Toronto, Canada, April 2008.
Thad Starner: Computational Interfaces for Mobile Environments, Salt Lake City, Utah, December 2009.
Thad Starner: The Challenges of Wearable Computing and Contextual Awareness, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 2000.
Stan Honey: Tracking, Augmented Reality, and Broadcast Television, Seattle, Washington, December 2012.
Bruno Uzzan: Which Way Augmented Reality?, San Francisco, California, February 2010.
Michael Robinson: Ubiquitous “E4” Interfaces in Personal Virtual Assistants, Geneva, Switzerland, September 2005.
John Underkoffler: Visceral Interface: Direct Agency, Los Angeles, California, February 2011.
Ivan Poupyrev: Programmable Reality: The Next Generation of Physical Computing, Miami, Florida, December 2011.
John Underkoffler: Spatially Direct Interface, Geneva, Switzerland, September 2005.
Steven Bathiche: Software Innovation through Hardware Discovery, San Jose, California, February 2003.
Here in New York City and Santa Monica, we are agnostic on Super Bowl XLIX (Bryan Fox is a Jets fan so it is unlikely that Super Bowl games will ever be on our radar – no matter how far in the future we try to look) [that's a low blow -B.F.] but the big game did remind us of a most-excellent talk by Stan Honey, Seattle, Dec 2012. He's the AR afficionado who instigated the projected first down line and other TV graphics, as well as doing similarly for the America's Cup, which, as a sailor, was the primary focus of his talk. He started it all off by instrumenting hockey pucks. It was a fascinating talk -- the technology and customization for each and every venue is considerable.
Do that which scares you,
The TTI/Vanguard Team
PS – We still have a few spots left at Biotech & Beyond!! If you are curious about how biotech relates to you, why not check out Google’s life sciences lab: http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/384922/why-is-google-making-human-skin/