‘From Research to Entrepreneurship’, One-Day Workshop

Eventbrite - "From Research to Entrepreneurship", One-Day Mentoring Workshop

• Are you a doctoral or postdoctoral researcher working in the field of media computing and communication?

• Have you thought about going into business?

• Would you like to receive mentoring from top entrepreneurs in London's Tech City?

• Do you want to learn how to commercialize your research?

EMC2 in collaboration with MentorWell and UK Trade and Investment, is organising a one-day workshop, “From Research to Entrepreneurship”, on Friday 7th September 2012 at the Hackney House in London. It’s specially designed for technology researchers like you, who’d like to know how to go about turning research into marketable products and services.

The FREE* workshop programme includes:

• Pathways from research to entrepreneurship
• Pitching ideas to potential backers
• ‘Speed mentoring’ with Tech City entrepreneurs
• Introduction to essential skills for technology business
• Inspirational talk from a successful entrepreneur
• Follow-up support, including access to online mentoring.

If you’d like to participate in the workshop, please email George Whale of EMC2 (george.whale@emc-square.org) attaching a half-page résumé and a half-page proposal outlining your initial ideas for commercialising a specific piece of technology research. This could be your own research or some other current research in your own field. The proposal should include: a brief description of the research, the product/ service that could emerge from it and the likely market for the product/ service (who will buy it and why?). All we're looking for at this stage is a brief outline of your ideas.

Applicants will be selected on the quality of their proposal.

Download the Research to Entrepreneurship Programme (136).

Apply now – only ten places available!

*Workshop includes free tea/coffee and lunch, but participants will be expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.


New Glasses-free 3D TV From MIT

From MIT News

As striking as it is, the illusion of depth now routinely offered by 3-D movies is a paltry facsimile of a true three-dimensional visual experience. In the real world, as you move around an object, your perspective on it changes. But in a movie theater showing a 3-D movie, everyone in the audience has the same, fixed perspective — and has to wear cumbersome glasses, to boot.

Despite impressive recent advances, holographic television, which would present images that vary with varying perspectives, probably remains some distance in the future. But in a new paper featured as a research highlight at this summer’s Siggraph computer-graphics conference, the MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture group offers a new approach to multiple-perspective, glasses-free 3-D that could prove much more practical in the short term.

Instead of the complex hardware required to produce holograms, the Media Lab system, dubbed a Tensor Display, uses several layers of liquid-crystal displays (LCDs), the technology currently found in most flat-panel TVs. To produce a convincing 3-D illusion, the LCDs would need to refresh at a rate of about 360 times a second, or 360 hertz. Such displays may not be far off: LCD TVs that boast 240-hertz refresh rates have already appeared on the market, just a few years after 120-hertz TVs made their debut.

Read the full article at MIT News.