Saturday, April 29, 2017

HOLLYWOOD

HOLLYWOOD
Hollywood, behind the scenes of "Pretend and Make-Believe". Technology's role in Hollywood was apparent at the dawn of silent pictures, Disney, and today's visual effects.
Samsung

On Oct. 7, Samsung found itself facing an unpleasant result in one of the many patent lawsuits it’s a part of: A federal appellate court reinstated a jury verdict of US$119 million against Samsung...
video

Montreal, QC: October 14, 2016 – Rodeo FX completed nearly 200 visual effects shots for The Legend of Tarzan, including action sequences with CG hippos and crocodiles, where realistic water interaction was critical for...

To the surprise of many, Bob Dylan has become the first singer-songwriter to win the Nobel prize in literature. As the news broke, I was in the middle of teaching James Joyce to some undergraduates...

September 19, Brad Pitt was hit with a surprise divorce filing by wife Angelina Jolie based on an "alleged" physical altercation between he and adopted son Maddox, adopted by Angelina prior to their relationship....
video games

Computer gaming is now a regular part of life for many people. Beyond just being entertaining, though, it can be a very useful tool in education and in science. If people spent just a fraction...

Video Games have been with us for just a few decades but the industry is already worth more than Hollywood. Hundreds of new games arrive each year, from AAA-rated titles with multi-million-dollar budgets to...
Video referee

Ajax’s 5-0 cup victory against fellow Dutch premier division side Willem II on September 21 saw a first in football: the official world debut for a video assistant referee in a competitive game. Sitting in...
Westworld

For a sci-fi fan like me, fascinated by the nature of human intelligence and the possibility of building life-like robots, it’s always interesting to find a new angle on these questions. As a re-imagining...
Drones

Amazon has been busy testing out its new Prime Air initiative at a secret location in the English countryside. The service’s promise of a 30-minute delivery by specially designed drones may look like click-bait...
who let the dogs out

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? WHO-WHO-WHO-WHO-WHO? WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? WHO-WHO-WHO-WHO-WHO? If you’ve ever heard the Baha Men’s 2000 hit “Who Let the Dogs Out,” you probably have also experienced its somewhat-annoying-but-very-catchy hook being...
VR

I’ve always been a nerd who loves technology and games. So when it emerged that virtual reality (VR) tech was becoming available to gamers, I was ecstatic. Then something happened that gave me pause. A...
Apple Watch

When Apple unveiled its original watch in 2014, the California company touted three tent-pole features of the new wearable: style, communication and fitness. Rolling out the second-generation Apple Watch this week, Apple has positioned...