Jun 12, 2015
The Augmented World Expo (AWE) was held June 8-10, in Santa Clara, California. The show organizer, AugmentedReality.org, expected more than 3,000 attendees, with just over 100 exhibitors and a series of presentations and discussions featuring more than 200 speakers and panelists.
Cameras, imaging, and display technologies are important components of many Augmented Reality (AR) applications, and we are following the AR market as part of InfoTrends’ new Imaging Innovators Service.
We were unable to make it to AWE 2015 in person, but my colleague, Ed Lee, and I were invited to teleport to the event, using a robot-like video device called a BEAM*. Read more »
May 14, 2014
Recently, I have been thinking about printing photos from my smartphone. I have a high-resolution camera phone with some advanced photo features and had taken some pictures that I thought came out particularly well and a few I applied some artsy filters to as well. I wanted to see if they looked as good off screen. As if somehow Snapfish read my mind, the service introduced a promotion to get people printing photos from its smartphone app. The mobile-only promotion offers 100 free prints a month (4 x 6-inch), for one year, for mail delivery only.
Being a Windows Phone user, I went to see if there was a Snapfish app in the Windows Phone store. A search for “Snapfish” resulted in “We couldn’t find a match.” Then I searched for Shutterfly, which found a “Shutterfly” app, which was not from the official Shutterfly but from an unknown developer instead. I even dug far back in my photo print memory and looked up “York Photo” – no match. I expanded the search to “print photos” and a long list of apps came up but only a handful of recognizable brand names — Walgreens and Kodak Pic Flick being two of them.
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Apr 11, 2014
Just last week on April 2nd, Nuance Communications announced the launch of their new product, Power PDF (Standard and Advanced), and I joined some of Nuance’s team in Burlington, MA for a day to hear more about the product. Read more »
May 19, 2011
The big imaging and document technology & services vendors reported their quarterly financial results over the last few weeks. Several important themes emerged that include:
- Low growth and cautious outlook
- Short-term impact from the Japan earthquake
- Significant impact from the weak US Dollar, strong Japanese Yen
- Growth in emerging markets; flat or declining in developed markets
- Technology refresh in commercial markets; Â technology changes in consumer markets
- Acquisitions continue as vendors seek to re-position and strengthen
Here is my perspective on these themes and the implications for vendor strategies.