Adrian Pennington

Adrian Pennington

Adrian has been writing about the media industry for 20 years in a wide number of leading publications. He is a longstanding member of The IBC and ISE Daily teams, International Editor for CinemaEditor, award winning film critic, conference moderator and copywriter of white papers, press releases and marketing materials for a wide range of organisations. He lives in Liverpool and absolutely loves it.

The falling green code which opens all The Matrix movies represents the encoded activity of the virtual reality environment (aka the Matrix). An earlier version of digital rain, to which the Wachowskis’ paid homage, is the 1995 manga classic Ghost in the Shell. The idea has now been given a fresh twist as an art exhibit and it’s arguably more sinister, less sci-fi than ever.

Our palm lines and fingerprints are as unique as our face and the movement of our fingers and hands as expressive as our eyes but animating them has proved as tough a challenge as overcoming the Uncanny Valley.

VFX simulations, especially of photoreal digital humans, involve painstaking scanning, modelling, texturing and lighting, but the latest technologies might soon allow anyone to generate high-fidelity 3D avatars out of a single picture and create animations in real-time.

Microscopically small LEDs are the future of displays

Published in VR & AR

MicroLEDs are the revolutionary new display technology that will form the future for all types of gadgetry that requires a screen.

One of iOS13's new features is one that corrects your eye contact during FaceTime calls. It's most certainly clever, but is it a bit too freaky as well?

As we enter an era of unprecedented data the volumes generated will be so incalculably large that current storage and computer technology will buckle under the strain.

Audio has often played second fiddle to the visual yet to paraphrase George Lucas, sound is more than half the picture. Certainly, when it comes to the immersive information and entertainment experiences that are promised with ubiquitous high capacity broadband the focus has been on what we might see rather than the primacy of the aural. That could be about to change and here’s why.

High frame rate (HFR) filmmaking splits opinion almost as much as 8K. But the producers of Gemini Man are hoping to change all that and make a convert of us all.

The incoming 5G cellular network promises a lot of things to a lot of people and one of them is ultra high-speed video. Outside of a few labs in Finland, Korea and trials at sports venues, no-one has seen this in action so we can only best guess at what the consequences of it might be. To even get to that stage we need mobile devices capable of handling data at Gigabit speeds.

Larger screens paired with 4K video recording and a first 21:9 4K OLED display are primed for an explosion in video to mobile

Apple is going to great lengths to simplify the app creation process across its devices.

Microsoft has unveiled HoloLens 2, an upgraded version of the mixed-reality headgear and the nearest thing yet to being able to interact Minority Report style with the dimensional internet. But this is not aimed at gamers, visual entertainment, office workers or casual punters. This is a hardcore piece of computing for industry which takes AR very seriously indeed.

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