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Upcoming Event: Tuesday June 6, 2017

Title: Beyond Virtual Reality, and into the Mixed Reality Future Tim Macmillan

Date: Tuesday June 6, 2017

5:30pm: Networking/Light Dinner
6:30pm: Presentation
8:00pm: Adjourn


Building SC-12
3600 Juliette Lane
Santa Clara, CA 95054

(Location: Take Montague Expy. OR Great America Exit off US 101; click to see instructions)

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Title: Photonic Quantum Computing

Speaker: Tim Macmillan, multi-award winning director, film-maker and photographer


Many of the Virtual Reality (VR) trailblazers are acknowledging the lack of consumer adoption of this technology. There will continue to be niche markets where VR will be both appropriate and excellent, but its main audience was only ever in gaming. So, where do we go from here? This talk will explore the world of Mixed Reality (MR), and how MR could succeed where VR failed.

To best understand MR's potential, this talk will first look at the way society adopts some technologies and rejects others, and then will look objectively at how we use and understand visual language. More importantly, this talk will explore how new forms of visual language become self-sustaining industries.

This talk will then address the current state of the art in Mixed Reality based on work that began well before the VR bubble, and how that work is now beginning to bear fruit. The future of content delivery will be 2D, but the future of content capture and creation will be 2D, 3D and 4D.

Bio of Tim Macmillan:

Tim Macmillan is a multi-award winning director, film-maker and photographer. In 1977, he founded Time-Slice Films Ltd. (UK) to enable creative development of multi-camera technology and creative applications for new forms of content such as 3D Photogrammetry and 4D Free-Viewpoint media which multi-view capture enables. During his time at Bath Academy of Art and at University College London in the UK in the early 1980s (as recorded here), Tim both discovered a method of "freezing time" in a motion-picture tracking shot and also invented the "Time-Slice Camera" to produce this effect.

He was the first to bring Time-SliceŽ array technology and content to mainstream broadcast and cinema. Time-Slice Films continues to be a world leader in Multi-Camera imaging technology and services. Tim's Time-SliceŽ cameras from the 1980s and 1990s are in the UK Science museum collection, and his artworks are in the UK National Archive.

Tim has over two decades of experience in professional Broadcast and Cinema as DOP, Special Effects Supervisor, Director and Camera Systems Designer. He has experience in both professional and consumer camera manufacturing, with 4 years as a member of Grass Valley Cameras go-to-market team for HD broadcast cameras, and 5 years as a member of GoPro's Advanced Cameras group. As Senior Manager of Advanced Products at GoPro, he was instrumental in the integration of Multi-Camera System Architecture into the GoPro Hero camera line, which produced the Hero3+ Dual-Hero stereo system, the Hero4 Omni 6-camera spherical capture system, and the Hero4 Odyssey 16-camera stereo panoramic capture system.

Tim holds a Higher Diploma from University College London in Experimental Media and an Honorary MA from the University of Creative Arts (UK). He has over 20 issued US patents, and is member of the Visual Effects Society, SMPTE and IEEE.

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