The Phenomenon that is Pokémon Go

Colin McMahon
Jul 22, 2016

Pokémon Go, an augmented reality (AR) app for Android and iOS, launched in the U.S. and Australia on July 6, 2016 – less than one month ago. Since then, the app has exploded in popularity with gamers and the media. In its short lifespan, it has made multiple headlines and is engaging a larger active user base than some of the most popular social apps like Tinder, Twitter, and even Facebook. Spontaneous social gatherings – some with thousands of people – have been happening around the world. Pokémon Go is taking the world by storm, and it is not even available in every major country yet (Chinese release date is still TBA).

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Fujifilm opens “Wonder Photo Shop” in the heart of New York City

David Haueter
Jul 19, 2016

On Friday July 22nd, Fujifilm will open the new “Wonder Photo Shop” at 176 5th Avenue in the shadow of the famous Flatiron Building in New York City. The New York City shop is the first U.S. location and the ninth storefront in the world.  The first shop was established in Tokyo in 2014, with other shops located in Barcelona, Bogata, Manila, Shanghai, and Singapore. After attending a media event just a few days before the store opened, I’m confident that New Yorkers will embrace the shop and that it will fulfill one of Fujifilm’s goals, which is for people to become more immersed in the joy of photography.

Wonder Photo Shop gets ready to open

Wonder Photo Shop gets ready to open

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Do You Have a Workflow?

Pat McGrew

Most companies that have a printing operation believe that they have a workflow process. In-plant departments, packaging converters, direct mail providers, commercial printers, sign shops and transaction producers all know that to keep the business running they must identify each job, break it down into components, and track it through their organization until it is delivered to the end client. That makes the obvious answer to the question: Yes! Of course our company has a workflow. Jobs come in and they flow through the organization.

 What is Workflow?

The repeatable and auditable tasks, events, and processes used to consistently move work from job onboarding through to completion. Some or all tasks may be automated toward the goal of super-efficiency and predictability in production and supply chain management.

On closer inspection, however, what most organizations have is a series of processes that have grown over the years to mitigate bottlenecks as they arise. Whiteboards, spreadsheets projected on the wall, boards with sticky notes holding job information, flags and lights visible across the enterprise, and physical job jackets, emerge over time as teams look for ways to ensure that all of the stakeholders know the status of the jobs coming through the plant. While all of these processes serve a purpose, they rarely provide a consistent view of a slice of time because they are only tied together by the thinnest of strings and an agreement among the participants to keep the reporting current. What happens when a team member is on vacation or new team members are added? The process often suffers because new thought processes were added. New team members may have new ideas, even better ideas, on how to move work and report on progress. That begets change and evolution, but is it a workflow?

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The Very Last drupa Article (Maybe)

Frank Romano
Jul 11, 2016

 

The show is over. The exhibitors have left the buildings. The pundits have chimed in. drupa 2016 is now history.

The every-3-year cycle idea was quashed and we are back to the 4-year cycle. I remember when it was every 5 years. So, we will all meet in 2020. Well, maybe all of you. I may be 79.

Frank was one of six journalists honored for attending 10 or more drupas

Frank was one of six journalists honored for attending 10 or more drupas

Sales statistics were impressive—big orders, big bucks. Every exhibitor sold something. No one does a total, but my guess is that there was over half a billion dollars in business.

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Just What is Magic Leap?

Colin McMahon
Jul 7, 2016

In the emerging virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) space, one company’s name is continually discussed, and usually with great interest. I personally heard the name “Magic Leap” long before hearing about StarVR, the Meta 2, or even the HTC Vive. Yet while the name is everywhere, information is lacking. Going to Magic Leap’s website does not help matters. Users are treated to elaborate videos showcasing amazing demonstrations. It appears to be AR with the quality of high-end VR – yet nowhere is even a headset present.

So – just what exactly is Magic Leap?

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Commercial Drones Cleared for Takeoff

Alan Bullock
Jul 5, 2016

On June 21, The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it had finalized a new rule for the commercial operation of small (less than 55 pounds) unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), commonly known as drones. (By the way, only a government agency would use the singular “rule” for a 624-page document!) Here is a quick look at some of the highlights of the new regulations, and why we think they will be a big boost for businesses that want to put cameras in the air. Read more »

Reinventing HP Inc.: The 2016 Industry Analyst Summit

Jim Hamilton, Jeff Hayes and Deborah Hawkins
Jul 1, 2016

Last week HP Inc. brought a sizeable group of industry analysts to Boston for the first time since splitting from Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The goal was to discuss its priorities and outline how it intends to grow. The company’s bold vision and mission statements set the tone for the details that followed:

  • Vision: Create technology that makes life better for everyone everywhere
  • Mission: Engineer experiences that amaze

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Dion Weisler kicked off the event by outlining the company’s strategy and describing four major trends that impact the company’s decisions: Read more »

Trendy Products Featured at ShowStoppers for CE Week

David Haueter
Jun 30, 2016

It was CE (consumer electronics) week last week in New York City – an annual event that highlights the latest and greatest trends in consumer electronics, and some of the trends that will shape the camera and printing markets were on display from several vendors at the ShowStoppers event that was part of the week’s activities.

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GDC Expands into VRDC: First Conference in 2016

Colin McMahon

Last March, UBM Tech expanded the virtual reality (VR) presence at its annual Game Developers Conference (GDC). The increased focus on VR turned out to be a trial run for the company. Following attendance and industry feedback, UBM Tech has decided to branch VR off into its own, dedicated conference. The first standalone Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC) has been announced for later this year.

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Epson Acquires Robustelli to Secure its Position in the Production Digital Textile Printing Market

James Hanlon and Ron Gilboa
Jun 27, 2016

Epson Group and Epson Italia S.p.A. announced that they agreed with the Robustelli family to acquire 100% of the capital of Fratelli Robustelli S.r.l. (“Robustelli”). This agreement aims to help Epson and Robustelli gain share in the fast-growing digital textile printing market.

Robustelli was one of the early innovators that used Epson’s printhead technology to develop the Monna Lisa product line. These products are considered the standard for high-quality digital textile printing. Located in Como, Italy, Robustelli had 25 employees and an annual turnover of over €12 million in 2015. The company’s heritage is in the textile machinery industry, developing, manufacturing, and selling Monna Lisa inkjet textile printers. Epson will deploy its worldwide sales and service network to sell Robustelli’s high-end printing systems in more countries and regions around the world, expanding its current footprint and reaching emerging digital markets.

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