• Behind the Scenes at Mersive…with Mike Tolliver

    A lot happens behind the scenes here at Mersive, most of which is done by the 18 people I share these four walls with. They also happen to be some of the most talented – and interesting –   people I know. Starting this month I’ll begin featuring interviews with one of the Mersive team members whom I have the pleasure to build, design and play foosball with. These “interviews” will highlight a few fun, random facts as well as their thoughts on our industry - all designed to give you a little glimmer of the colorful life we ... Read More »

  • The Archaeology of Software

    I often take a look at where major grant funding is being spent as a way to keep tabs on major technology trends over the next 5-10 years. After all, when  NSF or DARPA puts millions of dollars of taxpayers money to work, it’s a bit like watching the Vegas line for college basketball – once I see bets being placed, I can pretty much predict who will be in the final four. Recently, there has been an increase in activity related to improving  the way we go about building software. DARPA, for example, recently funded ... Read More »

  • Microsoft Closes its Relationship with Scientists & Researchers

    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 »

  • NASA Updates (One of) Its Oldest Displays

    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 Nobel Prize Goes to…AV?

    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 »