Bart Hickman

Lives in United States Cedar Mill USA, OR, United States
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Papi61: While Apple is busy stealing ideas from others (seems like they just discovered the MS Surface and they're about to "invent" it...) and trying to re-patent other people's ideas by changing minutia, Samsung is about to release a 16 terabyte SSD. Vaporware vs. real breakthrough technology. Now, who's the REAL innovator?

Apple completely invented a viable tablet market, showing the world how you make a tablet people would want (lightweight, good battery life, interface specialized for touch input, full featured OS with a lightweight hardware footprint.) When the iPhone and iPad first came out, the world couldn't even believe that the battery life and graphics performance was possible. It blew everybody away. It was an amazing feat of system engineering (hardware, software, app store, developer support). It all seems obvious now, but it most certainly was not at the time.

Now I'm not saying the Surface isn't a cool product, but there's very little there that's novel. And if Apple introduces a stylus for the iPad, I don't see how that'd be considered stealing the Surface. And when Microsoft turns around in a year and "copies" force touch, that won't be considered stealing--just using a good idea. Although if Microsoft is true to form, their first implementation will be poorly implemented.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2015 at 23:34 UTC
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Papi61: While Apple is busy stealing ideas from others (seems like they just discovered the MS Surface and they're about to "invent" it...) and trying to re-patent other people's ideas by changing minutia, Samsung is about to release a 16 terabyte SSD. Vaporware vs. real breakthrough technology. Now, who's the REAL innovator?

"Apple isn't capable of actually inventing anything". Ummm yeah. I think you just lost everybody with that one.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 00:51 UTC
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EskeRahn: All the brand-war below aside. As I read it the new thing here is the combination.

As I recall the usual 2D projections of 3D-images, these does not include fake-defocussing of elements out of the motive-plane.

Just like aPple have done so often before, they take existing elements and put them in a combination that they somehow are able to sell like hotcakes.

If they choose, their sales guys could sell sand in Sahara, and most likely would be able to create a specially shaped dune that they would patent too.

They sell like hotcakes because all previous kinks and flaws are worked out so this novel combination actually becomes something people want to use.

However, this 3D patent isn't that sort of thing. I think it's just a defensive patent so they don't get hit by some troll.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 19:13 UTC
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Papi61: While Apple is busy stealing ideas from others (seems like they just discovered the MS Surface and they're about to "invent" it...) and trying to re-patent other people's ideas by changing minutia, Samsung is about to release a 16 terabyte SSD. Vaporware vs. real breakthrough technology. Now, who's the REAL innovator?

The Surface is a tablet that runs desktop apps--not an invention. Now it might be that it's a useful product category that Apple underestimated and they might go after that product category. Any copying will be a matter of market research, not technology. This is what we expect and hope competitors do.

As for patents, all companies patent minutia as a defensive move. Unless you've actually sat on a patent committee or read the full patent, it's hard to make a blanket judgement like that.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 19:11 UTC
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BattleBrat: How is this any different than the 3d wallpapers available on android? They are multi layer images that simulate 3d using parallax! Is this another case of Apple patenting something that is not theirs?https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=opotech.starfieldLWP&hl=en

I recall Apple did do it first, but I also recall non-official Android hacks copied it within a month. Either way, I don't think they made a big deal about it being first.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2015 at 00:41 UTC

This is for a photograph, not some pre-constructed layered image. I think what's new here is starting with a photo and then having some process for computing the depth map and then generating layers from that.

The Android and iOS wallpapers and such start out knowing the layers--that's trivial and no one patented that as far as I know.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2015 at 00:35 UTC as 16th comment
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Provia_fan: Of course ethics are important, but If you don't get why these works are worthy of an award, you don't minimally understand the risks that photojournalists take and in fact, it makes one question if many photojournalists die for nothing. These people risk their lives for your education, for you t learn the world, I doubt the vast majority does it to get personal prestige.They are people with a curiosity of the world and what goes on with humanity and our society. They open our eyes to the realities of others around the world. I would rather see this and feel compelled for acting upon change in the world than have it all glossed over.

I don't think it's as altruistic as all that. They do it because they enjoy it and find it rewarding. No different than anyone else who does their job well.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2015 at 14:55 UTC
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peevee1: Do you even need focusing on the sensor this small? Wouldn't DoF be like from 2ft and up when focused at hyperfocal? And who cares about focusing speed for macro?

Even at 2ft, background items are blurry on my iPhone 5s. And for closeups I take quick shots of people, business cards, scans, and I like that the AF is quick. I *could* wait for a couple of seconds, but that would get annoying quick.

As for diffraction, it's not just a function DoF. The formula doesn't work out the same for tiny sensors and super short focal lengths. Likewise, it also doesn't work out the same for tiny subjects and super short subject distances.

This is why you can shoot F/30 with a macro lens or diopter and get tack sharp images, but the same lens and F-number at normal distances looks like mush.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 05:57 UTC
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Jogger: "There is also a new M8 co-processor which is coupled with a barometer and allows for accurate tracking of changes in elevation. "

And this is critical for phones because???

The barometer augments the GPS and motion detector. Between those, you can make very accurate estimates of absolute elevation. I love the motion detector on my iPhone 5s. It very accurately measures how far I've hiked which is extremely handy when I'm looking for a fork in a trail or how much farther I have to go. And because of how they've designed it, it uses zero battery.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 04:33 UTC
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Peiasdf: A bit disappointed that it isn't all crazy with the specs but after using a LG G2 for a month in January and a Note 3 for 2 months just now, there is still no other choice but Apple. Raw specs sound sexy but if raw spec is all there is everyone here would be shooting D810 + Nokia 1020.

That said, if I am designing these two phones, I would make both 1mm thicker, add in a huge battery and put OIS on both. It would make them slightly more expensive to make but it would also convince some spec-whore to switch.

BTW, there is a photo comparison out for iPhone 4.7 prototype vs iPhone 5S. Night scene is a lot better. Looking forward to the full review.

When the retina displays came out, there was a very noticeable difference compared to everything else. Specs did not matter then either--you just looked at the screen and could see the difference. Doubling resolution again isn't nearly as noticeable.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 04:30 UTC
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peevee1: Do you even need focusing on the sensor this small? Wouldn't DoF be like from 2ft and up when focused at hyperfocal? And who cares about focusing speed for macro?

Hyperfocal is only approximately in focus for a 4x6 print.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2014 at 04:25 UTC
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