Personal Computing in the 1980s

The personal computing market of the 1980s is a cautionary tale about boom and bust in technology driven markets. It is a period in computing history that almost seems like a foreign country now. Acorn, Commodore and Sinclair are just some of the companies that no longer exist. Commodore is probably the most memorial loss. That said, the Amiga brand still lives on through a loyal user community. Even CommodoreUSA was revived before the new owner died.

It easy to see the parallels between the UK and US markets in hindsight. For example, the battle for market domination between Atari and Commodore mirrors that of Acorn and Sinclair.


    Fan Made Films No Longer Equate To Poor Quality

    The fan made version of Batman versus Terminator demonstrates how low cost film making no longer means poor quality. Proof of concept for this hardware wise came via the release of the Canon 5D Mark II in 2008. It was the first DSLR camera to shoot at 1080p HD. On the animation side of the equation, software like Blender has been freely available since 2002. It has fuelled numerous animation projects.

    To date, the Blender Foundation has been involved in several Open Movie Projects. These include Elephant Dreams, Big Buck Bunny, Yo Frankie!, Sintel and Tears of Steel.

      3D Technologies at CES 2014

      The March / April issue of Geomatics World includes a report on the International Consumer Electronics Show “CES” 2014. 3D Systems, Cisco Systems, Parrot and Velodyne were high profile exhibitors at the Las Vegas based event. In addition to this, Autodesk made an appearance to promote 123D Circuits as part of the Intel keynote.

      3D scanning and 3D printing played a key role across all four days, January 7th – 10th. Intel announced their RealSense 3D sensor, while MakerBot outlined a strategic partnership with SoftKinetic in order to update the existing Digitizer scanning solution. The zone dedicated to 3D printing was sponsored by 3D Systems and showcased the South Carolina based companies Sense solution. Low cost ways to capture reality were used to support affordable 3D printers like the Cube across this 3D Printing Zone.

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      3D Systems integrated the Prime Sense depth camera into their Sense workflow.

      Overall, the International CES 2014 reinforced that a paradigm shift toward cheaper, easy to use 3D documentation is taking place. As discussed in the Geomatics World article, this shift is becoming a “prosumer” driven movement. It is taking place at a point where consumer and professional markets meet. Recent examples of this include the MakerBot Z18, which is providing a cheaper way to 3D print at an industrial standard.

      Bre Pettis, MakerBot CEO, introduced three new Replicator printers at CES 2014.

      Bre Pettis, MakerBot CEO, introduced three new Replicator printers at CES 2014.