Daily Archives: July 17, 2010

Arrogance or Artistry at Apple? My audio thoughts on antennagate

Dave Winer just re-tweeted someone who said that Apple is too arrogant to admit its iPhone 4 has a flaw.

That got me wound up. So, I used my iPhone 4 to call into Cinchcast from along the Snake River in Wyoming, you can listen into my call. The mosquitos were biting me and were making me downright ornery.

But the iPhone is the best phone I’ve used and here there are dozens of bleeding edge smart phones being shown off by VCs, CEOs, and geeks.

Yes, the iPhone has a flaw. But it still is the best phone I’ve used.

More on why I feel that way in my phone call. Oh, by the way, the call doesn’t drop.

Personally, I’m sick and tired of this issue. Techmeme is nothing but Apple today. Glad I’m on vacation with a bunch of geeks.

Onward.

3DTV’s ultimate test

Geeks in Wyoming

It was the ultimate test. Could 3DTV get geeks inside from the beautiful scenery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Just outside the window of the private home I was fortunate enough to visit today are the Grand Tetons. Yet inside we were sitting, watching 3DTV. Now, I’m sure some of you will say “what a horrid shame.” Don’t worry about us, we’re going back outside now, but we were here to hear a talk by Sandy Climan, CEO of 3ality Digital and get his view of the state of the art of 3DTV (audio interview I did with him after the talk).

Don’t know who he is? His company filmed the first NFL game in 3D. Among many other “3D firsts.” He’s a true pioneer.

Me? I was skeptical about 3DTV. At CES I went and looked at the different models and thought “this isn’t the year for 3DTV.”

I was wrong.

In the picture below, Sandy is the guy in top right corner in a reddish shirt.

3DTV demo by 3D Pioneer

And, after being in a living room and watching the current state of the art of 3DTV I can tell you I was doubly wrong.

Did you know that sales of beer in pubs in UK and Ireland went up by five times after the bar owners hung a 3DTV up? I believe it.

Sports is 3DTV’s killer app. We watched a hockey game. A boxing match. And more.

A week ago I was at Oakley. There, the designers are working hard on finishing off some new 3D glasses that don’t make you look like a dork and have even better quality than the ones I was handed here.

Last week I wondered why Oakley would be “betting the company” on 3D, but now I understand. Brilliant.

Anyway, watching sports makes 3DTV a whole new experience that I want in my home. Listen to this interview with Sandy Climan, CEO of 3ality Digital, and you will hear what excited me: a new way to experience events. In the interview Sandy covers production costs, TVs, glasses, and more. We really cover a lot of material, hope you enjoy it.

I’m sold. Now just got to wait for my gadget budget to be approved by Maryam. Heh.