Trying to get tickets for a sell-out production at London's National Theatre is difficult enough at the best of times, but if you're hard of hearing, it's trickier still.Not only must you book tickets for one of a small handful of "captioned" shows, but you must also try to secure the seats in the part of the auditorium that have the best view of the screen.It's something the theater is hoping to change with the help of Epson's latest smart glasses. This week it launched a trial that will see deaf and hearing-impaired customers supplied with the eyewear, which displays subtitles in their field of vision wherever they're sitting."The problem we're aiming to solve is the lack of choice and the customer experience -- it's twofold," Jonathan Suffolk, the theater's technical director, said in an interview. The smart glass tech, he said, "gives customers the chance to come anytime they want, matinee or evening, and sit anywhere they want in any size theater." The trial will run for a year … [Read more...] about Smart glasses stage new experiences for deaf theater fans
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With disruptive changes occurring in the electronics supply chain, 26,000 professionals will converge on SEMICON West 2016 (July 12-14) at Moscone Center in San Francisco to hear insider perspectives on what the future holds for the industry. Keynote speakers and expert panelists will discuss both challenges and opportunities to help companies navigate turbulent times.On July 12, John Kern, Cisco’s senior VP of Supply Chain Operations, will give the Opening Keynote on “The Digital Supply Chain – The Next Breakthrough Opportunity.” Kern states, “Of all the disruptive changes in the electronics sector, the biggest impact may come from the digitization of manufacturing and the emergence of the digital supply chain.”On July 13, Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI, will moderate the CONNECT Executive Summit, with the theme “Everything Is Changing.” With widespread mergers and acquisitions and … [Read more...] about Breakthrough opportunities at SEMICON West for an industry in transition
If you were shopping for a TV three years ago, you were probably bombarded with all kinds of talk about how cool 3D was and how it was the “next big thing” in TV viewing. Movies and sports would never be the same again, with characters and players popping out of screens and into your living room as if they were right in front of you. It’s now 2013, and 3D is but a footnote that barely measures up to smart TV features and the looming 4K Ultra HD resolution TVs. It all begs the question: Why didn’t 3D ever take off the way it was expected to?There is no single answer to that question, but a variety of factors may have led to 3D’s seeming irrelevance. During CES 2010, 3D was all the rage on the show floor, and it seemed like an ideal situation for manufacturers and consumers, alike. It was relatively easy for TV makers to incorporate into flat-panel LCDs and plasmas, and it wasn’t going to cost consumers a premium to get the extra dimension onscreen. … [Read more...] about 3D TV autopsy: Did it finally die, or was it never alive to begin with?
3D TV is off to a shaky start. Sales have been somewhat disappointing, ESPN is apparently unsure about continuing its 3D coverage, and most of all, consumers just can’t get used to those glasses. Which is why Vizio’s recent announcement has piqued some interest.Today the company announced its new 65-inch Class Theater 3D Edge Lit Ravor LED LCD HDTV. It looks to be a remarkable piece of equipment that even comes with built-in Wi-Fi and an app store. Vizio also claims the TV’s screen is ultra bright in comparison to other 3D models. And while these initial specs sound impressive, the real selling point is its take on the dreaded 3D glasses.Vizio is reporting that its new 3D TV will come with “battery-free, affordable and lightweight 3D glasses causing less eyestrain” than others do. In other words, passive glasses like the ones used in theaters. Most 3D TVs come with active-shutter glasses, which use fast-changing LCDs and require batteries.While saving your … [Read more...] about Vizio’s monstrous 65-inch Class Theater 3D uses passive glasses