Augmented Reality Takes Center Stage @ARinAction

Ed Lee
 Jan 25, 2017
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Conference organizer John Werner and Bob Metcalfe on stage

On January 17 and 18, the inaugural AR in Action conference was held at MIT Media Labs in Cambridge MA. It brought together a wide range of speakers as well as some heavy-hitters in the technical industry to discuss their thoughts on augmented reality (AR) and how it is going to change our lives in the near future. They included Bob Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet, Alan Kay, a pioneer in object oriented programming and the graphical user interface, and Steve Mann, considered the father of wearable computing. The conference included 32 panel discussions (with 127 panelists), 28 stage demos, 42 floor demos, and 2 stage performances.

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Generations Matter

Ed Lee
 Sep 16, 2016

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Excerpt from Digital Imaging Reporter’s State of the Industry 2016

Today’s imaging environment is no longer “one size fits all.” Marketing messages, products and services need to be developed with specific audiences in mind. Two recent InfoTrends studies, which focus on interchangeable-lens cameras and millennials, reveal that generational differences have a significant influence on photographic behaviors. Read more »

How Long Does it Take to Shoot 1 Trillion Photos?

Ed Lee
 May 31, 2016

download (1)Photo capture devices (still cameras and mobile devices) are becoming ubiquitous in developed and developing countries. Now if someone wants to take a photo of someone or something, the question is not if they can, but rather with what device. InfoTrends’ research shows that mobile devices, particularly smartphones, are the devices that consumers use most often and turn to for taking everyday photos.

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Fun Facts About the Photography Market

Ed Lee
 Apr 14, 2016

Any QuestionsFinding fun facts about the digital photography world is generally a Google search away. However, the information is only as good as the people and companies that are producing it. With the digital camera market hitting a rough patch these last several years and companies shifting their focus to other markets, it is getting a little harder to come across interesting nuggets of information about the photography market. InfoTrends began covering this market in the late 1990’s and continues to invest significant time and resources to understand where the market is today and to predict what will shape its future.

Here are some fun facts about the digital photography market of today that we thought we’d share: Read more »

Google Shutting Down Picasa

Ed Lee
 Feb 16, 2016

Google PhotosOn February 12, Google announced that it would be retiring Picasa, its photo management software program, and
Picasa Web Album, its  online sharing service, to put more focus on Google Photos. From my perspective, this is a bit of sad news. I have been a user and fan of Picasa since before it was officially launched almost 14 years ago. Read more »

FAA Drone Registration Process Begins

Ed Lee
 Dec 23, 2015

FAAYou get a drone for Christmas and you want to fly it outdoors right away. Stop!

Before you do, you need to register with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or face the threat of severe penalties. Effective December 21, anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS), also known as a drone, must register with the FAA before they can fly it outdoors. Those who do not register could face civil and criminal penalties. This is all being mandated under the guise of public safety. Registration is free for the first 30 days through a rebate, then $5 after that. Registration is valid for three years. To learn more about the registration process, go to the FAA sUAS registration site. According to the FAA, it expects over 800,000 drones to be sold during this holiday season. Let’s hope the website can handle the impending volume.

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NY Times Introduces Virtual Reality to the Masses

Ed Lee
 Nov 13, 2015

On November 8, more than 1 million New York Times newspaper subscribers received an interesting gift with their Sunday paper – a Google Cardboard viewer. Google Cardboard is a simple device, made up of corrugated cardboard and a pair of plastic lenses, which turns any Apple or Android smartphone into a virtual reality (VR) viewing system.

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Two Innovative Cameras to Get Excited About

Ed Lee
 Oct 9, 2015

We live in exciting times with a constant stream of innovations. With recent announcements from DxO and Light, the imaging world is about to experience a new revolution in photography.

The DxO One camera

DxO (headquartered in Paris and San Francisco) is best known for its advanced image processing technologies. The company is making its first foray into the camera hardware market with the new DxO One, which launched in September. We see the DxO One as the next evolution of the lens camera segment, which Sony initiated in 2013 with its QX series.

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Generational Opportunities Exist for the Imaging Industry

Ed Lee
 Sep 16, 2015

Excerpt from Digital Imaging Reporter’s State of the Industry 2015

There has never been a higher level of interest in photos, photography and imaging. InfoTrends predicts that almost 200 billion photos will be captured by cameras, phones and tablets in the U.S. in 2016.

Our research has consistently shown that age has a dramatic impact on consumers’ usage, attitudes and purchasing habits. We believe that baby boomers provide insight into the market of the past, generation Xers shed light on today’s market, and millennials give us an idea of where the market is heading in the coming years.
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Generational Gaps in Imaging

Ed Lee
 Aug 31, 2015

Generations have a significant influence on consumers’ digital and mobile photography habits. According to InfoTrends’ lasted report, Digital and Mobile Photography in 2015: Millennials vs. Gen X and Boomers, older Millennials, age 23-34 years old, are the most photo-active group when it comes to use of a digital camera and the number of photos taken. On the other hand, young Millennials, age 15-22 years old, are most likely to use a smartphone as their primary camera and capture the most photos on their phones.

When it comes to sharing mobile photos on social networks, there are some dramatic differences between generations. Facebook was used by almost everyone who posted digital camera photos to a social network, but its usage was not as high among mobile photographers. This may be because of the variety of other apps that are available to share photos from mobile phones. Some, like Instagram and Snapchat, are designed as mobile-only platforms.

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