VIDEO: HALFDAN HUSSEY ON CINEQUEST FILM & VR FESTIVAL

I  sat down to speak with Halfdan Hussey, CEO and co-founder of Cinequest Inc, a Silicon Valley-based organization. Every year they host an annual film festival that features films, workshops, conversation and spotlights the latest technology for content creators and filmmakers. They also have a program for youths called Picture The Possibilities.

Hussey talks about the philosophy behind their Picture The Possibilities initiatives and what is new in this year’s film festival. Hussey is a film maker and an author and he shares how his interest in films developed and what propelled him to write.

The opening night film on Feb 28, 2017 is director Mark Pellington’s The Last Word starring Shirley MacLaine & Amanda Seyfried. The closing night film is director Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh & others. Jane Lynch and Jason Reitman will be at Cinequest to receive their Maverick Award.

Cinequest Film and VR Festival takes place in San Jose and Redwood City from Feb 28 to March 2017. For tickets and program schedule visit Cinequest’s website.

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VIDEO: DR. UMA JAYARAM ON VIRTUAL REALITY & ENGINEERING

Dr. Uma Jayaram is the co-founder and COO of VOKE VR that was acquired by Intel Corp in November 2016 for an undisclosed amount. We recorded our interview with Dr. Jayaram earlier this year before it was acquired by Intel.

We sat down with Dr. Jayaram to find out how she and her husband Dr. Sankar Jayaram came up with the idea to build VOKE VR and how they built an end-to-end VR solution. Their goal was to provide real-time, immersive experience to their audience and they succeeded in doing that. Their solution is used to stream live concert and sports events she shares.

Dr. Jayaram grew up in Durgapur, India and credits her mother for nurturing her interest in math and science. Her mother was one of the first women engineers in India, who  got her master’s in electrical engineering from University of Washington in 1954. Instead of staying back in the US her mother elected to go back to India to teach physics at an Engineering college in Durgapur.

Dr. Jayaram shares her mother was her  role model for her career and family. Dr. Jayaram fondly reminisces an evening when her mother taught her  about Einstein’s theory for her exams, while rustling up a sumptuous dinner for her family.

Dr. Jayaram followed her mother’s footsteps and studied engineering and eventually ended up in Washington state, where she taught at Washington State University, Pullman. The Jayarams founded a couple of companies before founding VOKE.

This interview is part of our TV series on Women in Science & Tech sponsored by Zoho Corp.

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VIDEO: KARL KRANTZ OF SILICON VALLEY VIRTUAL REALITY

Virtual Reality (VR) is the big trend this year in Silicon Valley. This big trend is market by the transition from cardboard VR headsets to fancy headsets like Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR and the introduction of 360 cameras and other hardware that help created VR content.

We spoke with Karl Krantz, founder of Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVRR) about VR and unearthed some interesting trends and how it is a social lubricant and not an isolating experience.

We recorded this interview at SVRR 2016 annual event in San Jose in April 2016.

Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Show

SVVR

 

Today I finally got to dip my toe into this frontier technology called Virtual Reality (VR) at Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR) show in San Jose. To be fair I did get a cardboard VR headset last year from DoDo Case, but never got around to trying it. I rectified that glaring oversight today  and got to try a bunch of VR headsets that left me a bit disoriented and light-headed. I also got to hear about how VR is used in storytelling, advertisements and health. This is a whole different world.

Here is 360 view of what I saw at SVVR.

 

Unveiled – Oculus Consumer Virtual-Reality Headset

Finally, the world got to see the first Oculus consumer virtual-reality (VR)  headset last week. On June 11, 2015 Brendan Iribe unveiled and showed the first Oculus Rift. Facebook acquired Oculus in 2014 for a little over $2 billion.

You can read more about Oculus VR headset here and here.

Google I/O 2015 Roundup From Android M to Virtual Reality

Google I/O 2015

Google I/O 2015

Google made quite a few announcments this morning at its annual Google I/O conference currently underway in San Francisco. Sundar Pichai delivered the keynote address that was punctuated with demos of new features and products the Mountain View-based company is rolling out.

Google has 1 billion Android users, and that user base keeps growing every month as mobile phones fly off the shelves in various parts of the world.  “And there are 4,000 unique Android devices on the market, from more than 400 manufacturers and over 500 carriers,” as Google put it. Mobile is where there are opportunities for develeopers and companies and Google wants to make sure it provies a strong arsenal of tools for its developers. Google is arming its developers for the mobile revolution in this fragmented market.

By the way, was it just me or did I hear a lot of   of references to what Google is doing in India?

Wired  and C|Net have a great round-up of all the annoucements ranging from Android M to Android Wear, Project Brillo, Google Now, Google Photo to Virtual Reality.