Christy Anzelmo from Foundry talks about new Virtual Production Pipeline and more

Christy Anzelmo from Foundry talks about new Virtual Production Pipeline and more

Foundry have been developing creative software for the Digital Design, Media and Entertainment industries for over 20 years. Foundry products are used to create breathtaking visual effects sequences on a wide range of feature films, video-on-demand, television and commercials. The company partners with others players in that field to solve complex visualization challenges and turn incredible ideas into reality. Senior Director Christy Anzelmo talks about the current products and new virtual Production Pipeline. The interview can be found on TL Network coverage.

Interview with Christy Anzelmo of Foundry

The Aura Digital Photo Frame

The Aura Digital Photo Frame

A long-time problem is how to sharing a memory instantly with your friends, family or even save a moment to treasure for yourself.  In the past, it required camera and film, then digital cameras with memory cards.  All of that presented complexity and lacked convenience.  Now those priceless moments can be safely and easily shared – not just on social media for the world to see, but right into someone’s home or their desk at work.  The solution is beyond what can be provided by social media, that’s why I was excited to try the Aura Digital Frame.

The system is very easy to use.  First I loaded the app on my phone – and it works with BOTH Apple and Android phones.  Then I followed the easy to understand guide on the screen, and paired the photo frame to the app.  This now allowed me to simply select and photo on my phone, and seamlessly and instantly copy it using a wireless connection to the photo frame. I invited my husband to the app so he could send photos to the frame and I get a notification in the app when a new photo been added. I’m able to update the photos whenever and from where ever I want. 

The most notable feature of the Aura frame is the build quality and the finish on the frame. It has a very unique and modern design and very light in weight. It has two touch bars that blend into the side so you can swipe through photos quickly if you want show a series of photos such from an event or vacation, if you decide.

You’re able to create a network of social sharing that’s on display between you and your loved ones. Having everyone connected to the app with one simple click of a button, new content can be shared to your frame. The connected features also allows for sending photos to in-laws, grandma, and family members at work are just as easy as sending to my own photo frame.  I just select the other frame as the location, like choosing another person to call from the contacts in your phone.  It was that easy to do, and setup – no learning required, and nothing to remember.

In the past, digital frames had a fixed space for photos, so you had to choose what to delete to add new photos.  Since I have thousands of photos on my phone, now I never have to worry about space because the Aura frame offers unlimited space. 

You have to check out the Aura Digital Photo Frame if you enjoy sharing your life in pictures. All these features of the Aura Digital Frame along with the app, come at a very reasonable price and make for a great investment for your home and the home of your loved ones.

Minelab Go Find 66 Metal Detector

Minelab Go Find 66 Metal Detector

Finding hidden treasures could be a profitable hobby. However, you need a metal detector to help with the search. There are certain features a metal detector needs in order for it to be considered best in class.

When you unwrap the consumer grade Minelab Go Find 66 you wouldn’t believe how light it is! Easy to carry, use, and it’s so compact and light you can take it in your carry on. Minelab Go Find 66 is equipped with accessories including earbuds, digging tool, smartphone holder and a carry bag.

A unit that has both large coils (so it doesn’t miss anything on a sweep) and small coils (to help pinpoint an exact location) is ideal. Having a metal detector that can not only differentiate between materials but can block the signal of junk metals will make your hunt far more enjoyable. A volume control, a headphone jack, and a sensitivity control, are all desirable options that pairs with your phone.

When it comes to informational displays and other features, big differences exist among the metal detectors on today’s market. When considering a purchase, look for these special features. Granted, some of them may not appeal to you, but it’s nice to know what you’re buying into.

Headphones/headphone jack

Metal detecting is a somewhat noisy hobby. If you’d rather keep your business to yourself, the Minelab Go Find 66 has this and includes headphones with purchase.

LCD screen

The Minelab Go Find 66 is designed with a Treasure View LEDs, which light up

and change colour to help you identify what you’ve found before you dig. Green lights indicate non-iron objects like coins or jewelry, while red lights indicate iron objects such as nails or keys which makes searching more efficient.

Ground Balancing

This feature gives you the ability to “tune out” interference from natural metals in the soil (like iron).


The Minelab Go Find 66 is designed with large 10 inch waterproof coils making searching on the beach or submerged in water easy and stress free. This allows you to search

If you’re going treasure hunting, you need a machine that’s comfortable for you to use over the long haul. All these features of the Minelab Go Find 66 along with the price point of $250.00 makes for a great investment.

New Decade of Consumer Technology

New Decade of Consumer Technology

The first decade of the 21st century was known for introducing smartphones to the masses, as well as introducing the first smart TV. Ten years later starting in 2010, the world became socially connected thanks to companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Netflix.  We are now rapidly approaching a new period of consumer technology called the Data Age.

This “Data Age” comes to life under the shadow of the tremendous flow of data security and privacy concerns becoming the number one issue across the entire globe. Different countries are dealing with these complex issues with different solutions and with The European Union for example, implemented strict rules and regulations, last year, called GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). China, on other hand, has no government organized privacy and security regulations.

Both companies and individuals are at risk.  “With computing processing power increasing dramatically, even passwords that are 14 to 20 characters long will be readily crackable and largely ineffective for protecting high-value, high-risk assets and transactions by 2020”- warns Forrester, an American market research company that provides advice on existing and potential impact of technology to its clients and the public.

As risky as this  as can be, the world must stay connected because only this connectivity allows us to live in smart cities, in intelligent houses, drive connected cars and very soon be driven by autonomous vehicles.

This next generation of data connectivity will require wireless technology from 5G that can connect devices with the next generation fast speeds. Those in the race to bring the technology to marketplace and get a foot int the door for the business that goes with it include China Telecom, KDDI in Japan, SK telecom in South Korea, through Verizon and AT&T in the USA, Shaw and Rogers in Canada, to Ericsson all over Europe:  Vodafone and BT in United Kingdom, Deutsche Telecom in Germany, Orange in France and Telefonica in Spain. As 5G becomes a crucial component of technology development, the entire world needs to adapt to it.

In the last few years, home security cameras, thermostats, and connected lighting equipment have become more common in homes and sales continue to increase. Just imagine how the IoT (Internet of Things) environment is going to explode with the rollout of 5G.

For example, for smart home development into existing homes, consumers usually don’t buy all those devices from the same platforms or at the same time. This brings the challenge of how the consumer can connect all these different products, brands and platforms together as well as the devices that haven’t even been invented yet. The idea of a practical smart home is like bringing together different instruments to create a symphony orchestra that need to play in unison.   Following connectivity, the Smart Home’s Next Trend will be Interoperability and Intelligence.

It is difficult to imagine the smart home without some type of digital assistance activated by voice and equipped with Artificial Intelligence. Three truths about voice/AI assistant are: 1.) Digital assistance is going into everything: devices, appliances and cars 2.) Support for digital assistance has become table stakes: services, brands, commerce 3.) Voice is quickly becoming the “go-to” interface – it allows you to keep doing what you are doing as well as have the digital assistant do something that normally requires your hands.

For example, Amazon Alexa has nearly 60,000 skills and 20,000+ compatible devices. The way how we interact with digital assistance shown the study done by Consumer Technology Association (CTA) in August 2018. US online adult study shows how people make a use of Amazon Alexa(in%):  Ask questions – 63, Check the weather – 58, Listen to music/radio/podcasts – 50, Set a timer or alarm – 45, Call someone – 32, Check the news/sports – 30, Send a message to someone – 25, Search for recipes/cooking information – 23, Check personal calendar – 22.

We also beginning to understand the limits of automation. AI intelligence and automation are really transform the way we access data, we use data. AI is helping us to understand the data.   The first generation of voice control required people to learn “command words” and “special phrases”.  With AI in the system, it can now understand conversation and what actions to do next.  For example, without AI and data analysis you would say “Alexa, turn up the thermostat by 2 degrees” now you can say “Alexa, I am cold”.  The system will recognize who “I” is and the context for the word “cold” based on what location you were talking from and the system can respond “would you like me to turn up the thermostat by 2 degrees”.

This direction of connectivity, interoperability, high speed data and analytics as well as “personalized models” is what is driving the next generation of Smart Home.  The “personalized models” are the core of the privacy concerns.  It means the computer has to both know that it is you, and more importantly know everything about you – what you eat, where you shop, what temperature you like the house, what shows you watch and what music you listen to, who you visit and talk to, what your schedule is, what your interests are,   To be able to be helpful, the computer has to know how to help.  By knowing how to help you be more comfortable, it means that all of that data has to be stored someplace, and hopefully used only for your benefit.  Governments, companies, and technology are all working together, finally, to try and insure the next decade is a beneficial Data Age to make your life better.

Access announces NetFront Browser at IBC 2018

Access announces NetFront Browser at IBC 2018

At the IBC 2018,  after a demo presentation of NetFront Browser, Robert Guest, VP Product Management of Access Europe sat down with Editor Angel Scott to talk about the business case driving the product line.  All of us at Bright Blue Innovation are pleased to be a media sponsor of IBC 2018, premier broadcast technology and content creation technology event that was held September 12-16 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.