Iowa State, a long time leader in the VR realm, has upped the ante by taking their 6 wall VR room from 6 projectors to 24 (4 per wall). The reason this is important is that the increased pixel counts across the 10′ x 10′ walls make for a more realistic representation of your virtual worlds. Toys…toys are good
In effort to at least do something about the current state of affairs with regard to the patent process, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is starting an online pilot project called “Peer to Patent,” which will allow informed members of the public (in theory) to review patent applications to help determine if they are valid based on their expert knowledge. The USPTO will hold a briefing on May 12th, 2006 in Alexandria, VA to discuss the project. IBM has stepped up to support the project by agreeing to have its patents reviewed. Since a number of the recent patent issues have direct bearing on geospatial technologies, it will be interesting to see how this pilot project is received.