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Microsoft’s first approach in building a Hi-Reality Machine

Photo credit: Microsoft HoloLens
Photo credit: Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft announced their Augmented Reality concept and platform they call Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Holographic. Continue reading “Microsoft’s first approach in building a Hi-Reality Machine”

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“Window into a world”, the Dolby Vision approach to Hi-Reality

Window into a world. Image from Flickr: Justin Lynham, Breakfast on Ithaca
Image credit: Justin Lynham, Breakfast on Ithaca. flickr.com

Geoffrey Morrison of Sound & Vision has posted the excellent article ‘HDR: The Other OLED’ on the industry’s approach to Hi-Reality Vision; a highly recommended reading.

Oculus VR to Facebook and near-future of Virtual Reality

Source: https://www.oculusvr.com/order/For the last two years Oculus Rift has stolen the show at CES. The once Kickstarter project is constantly improving its Virtual Reality device and its VR technology. Continue reading “Oculus VR to Facebook and near-future of Virtual Reality”

The brilliant Pet Shop Boys reminds us what to expect from Hi-Reality Machines

Will Pink Floyd disrupt music by franchising itself?

Brit Floyd at http://www.britfloyd.comI’ve been a Pink Floyd fan, always. Have experienced only two of their tours, but both true life highlights for me. I used to think “Pink Floyd cannot be replicated”. Then I saw “The Pink Floyd Tribute Show (2011) Full- Live From Liverpool“; I couldn’t believe…this band was brilliant. Super professional performers, charming, fantastic setting (scene, video, graphics). With the same level of energy Floyd certainly had when they live-performed The Wall back in the old days. Just check out “The Dark Side of the Moon songs” or take a look at their recreation of “Another Brick in the Wall” starting minute 1:57:51. Then you see the level of enthusiasm and authenticity this band has put to their work.

Pink Floyd masters all the dimensions required to disrupt the entertainment and music industry by franchising itself. They are the most disruptive band when it comes to the very essential attribute of entertainment and music: experience. They innovated and perfected the concept of creating the most spectacular and psychedelic live audio-visual experience ever created for any audience. Time for the next and final disruption?

Imagine the ability to experience Pink Floyd’s live performance so authentic as it gets?

Roger, Dave and Nick: Year 2071 kids in Stockholm want to experience a live Pink Floyd concert. Please make it a reality.

Podcasts and Netcasts

To keep up and expand your knowledge in home audio & video, home theater, and HIFI there are some great Podcast/Netcast channels to listen to or to watch:

Home Theater Geek

Available via: WebsiteiTunesYoutube (TWiT Netcast Network, twit’s Channel)

Format: Audio, Video, Live (Netcast)

Host: Scott Wilkinson, at UltimateAVMag.com and HomeTheaterMag.com

Optoma GT700 DLP projector review: An impressive performer

 Top-ranked as “The Most Helpful Reviews” on Amazon.com, the following is a copy of my review (entitled: An impressive performer) of Optoma GT700 projector

First impression

With out-of-box (factory) settings and connected to my macbook via HDMI cable watching an Avatar trailer the sound of “WOW” was echoing in our room.

Previously

Earlier today, I had returned a new Optoma pico projector (PK301) to Bestbuy after days and nights of viewing in diverse lighting conditions, PK301 just didn’t work well due to too weak brightness (<50 lumens) whenever the room was not completely dark. My conclusion: current (relatively inexpensive) LED based projectors are not just yet up to the task until they are capable of performing over 1000 lumens.

Online research

I did a quick research and found many positive reviews on Optoma GT720. I also checked and compared to reviews of Optoma HD66 which I first intended to buy via Amazon; Bestbuy however had a $100 discount for this model so I bought it from them instead with no waiting time as a bonus.

Application

My primary purpose (application) was presentation of business material such as slides and movies at diverse conference and exhibition halls; my secondary application was for use at home: home office, movies and TV (cable box, bluray, Netflix etc.).

Details and summary

My usual set of criteria for projectors are resolution, brightness, connections, placement, noise. This model from Optoma meets all of them. It displays HD material with performance almost comparable to our 32′ Sony Bravia 1080 LCD TV, Mix it then with a stellar brightness performance, connected via HDMI cable, placed very close (short throw) to the projection wall and throwing a gigantic-size display, performing in Standard brightness mode with yet very low level of audible noise.

Said things makes one smile when experiencing a sub $750 projector in year 2010. Bravo.

Source: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1QJF5ED07C8IQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B003B43FEA&nodeID=&tag=&linkCode=

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