Technologies like augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) are no longer future-gazing technologies and are becoming firmly accepted by the education sector for adding value to learning experiences.
Hollywood has long been the cash cow of entertainment in the U.S., but now Apple is schooling the entertainment industry on how to bring in the cash with the App Store.
Last year, Los Angeles decided to replace its high-pressure sodium streetlights, which are know for their distinctive yellow hue, with new, blue-tinted LED’s. The new streetlights might have a profound effect on at least one local industry.
“The Key to Erebor”
Hollywood is embracing 3D printing in a big way. Warner Bros. will offer fans digital blueprints of “The Key to Erebor” to help market he Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. “The Key to Erebor” is a key item from the series, which fans can 3D print on their own or send to a company like Shapeways to print for them.
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg aren’t so keen on the future of the film industry. Lucas and Spielberg agreed at a talk at USC that it’s on track to have a “massive implosion”. At the core of their argument: there just isn’t enough time in the day for consumers to support all the films released in theaters. Films are competing with all the content and options that the Internet provides.
Hollywood seems to hate technology.
Chris Dixon tweeted something thought-provoking a few weeks ago:
What were the last Hollywood movies you saw about technology & the future that were optimistic? They seem to be systematically dystopian.
The dependable mid-budget, R-rated action movies that Hollywood once relied on are now anything but dependable.
Hollywood has had a series of tent-pole and more modestly budgeted movies that have collapsed at the box office this winter. Revenue and attendance are both down 15 percent from the same period last year, reports the Hollywood Reporter. The industry got some surprise relief this weekend from Oz the Great and Powerful despite middling reviews. It’s also one of the few big new movies of 2013 so far clearly marketed toward kids. If you were to look at the state of the box office in the past few months, you might come away with two impressions: One, the dependable mid-budget, R-rated action movies that Hollywood once relied on are now anything but dependable. And two, Hollywood is basically just for kids.
Ticket sales and box-office grosses decline in 2011.
In 2011, Hollywood dropped the ball as the movie business saw a decline in ticket sales and attendance fell to a 16-year low.
Avatar’s special 4-D audience effects were a huge hit with Korean movie fans.
Because cinemagoers are shunning pricey multi-dimensional 3-D versions, Hollywood is starting to convert blockbuster films into 4D.
Codenamed “Sandy Bridge,” Intel’s new lineup of microchips promises the biggest-ever leap in processing power.
US chip giant Intel introduced Wednesday a speedy new generation of chips that thwart film piracy and enable quick handling of data-rich video and games.
Marilyn is one of the legends of Hollywood, and a true icon. Here is a collection of photographs dedicated to this famous blonde. (Pics)
Video game publishers following Hollywood’s lead.
With 3D movies boosting both audience experiences and box office coffers, videogame publishers are following Hollywood’s lead and developing 3D games to immerse players more into virtual worlds.