AR/VR Patent Rates Not Exploding Alone


Excellent article from The Information on how Microsoft is leading the augmented reality patent war.

Meanwhile this week … HP (the printer manufacturers who split from their enterprise business 10 months ago) is consolidating their share of the printing market with 6,500 patents being acquired from Samsung for a little over $1b to consolidate market share at around 40%. HP claim they will focus on 3d printing to challenge industrial processes while Samsung phones are catching fire their printing market share was declining in a market that was also declining at over 10% per annum. A weird deal in which they also get Samsung’s Korea retail printing business guaranteed and a few hundred million cash investment back from Samsung.

Oh and Apple launched the iPhone 7 which translates to a part of the anatomy in Cantonese (repeating a similar ‘mistake’ made recently by Samsung. Do your research people… all press is good press apparently.

Facial recognition goes mainstream

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Home and office facial recognition is now a plug and play exercise set to go mainstream (thanks to crowd sourcing) in homes, small businesses and maybe even departmentally in corporates and government from as little as $200.

Combine this with integration services that are now also rapidly becoming cheap and simple and cost effective tailored service and security systems are within reach for each family and business.

Blockchain hot spots


As blockchain outstrips bitcoin in fintech what are the hot areas? CB Insights has some insightful views, looks a bit like Google Trends…

Updated Customer List

We have updated our list of client projects and they span a very wide range of industries and themes of work.

Check them out, we can probably help you maximise your opportunities or reduce risks and more.

We have also worked on projects in a wide range of locations around Australia, South East Asia and internationally.

NSW Govt International Video Prize at SydStart 2014

NSW Govt International Video Prize at SydStart 2014.

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Plan B Uses Old Printer Parts To Create Detailed 3D Models

Cooper & Co Analysis: This is smart, sustainable and plays havoc with intellectual property rights. But it might just bring manufacturing back to developed nations.


If you’re bored this weekend, go ahead and tear apart your old inkjet printer and grab a few pieces of aluminum. Then head over to Yvo de Haas’ website and get cracking. His new project, called Plan B, is an open source 3D printer that lets you print solid plastic objects by binding a thin layer of plastic powder with an old printer head.

How does it work? Well the Plan B is a 3DP printer which means it uses a little bit of glue to bind thin layers of gypsum powder. The head “draws” the layer in binder and then brushes away the excess. Then another layer of powder is placed and the system repeats itself ad infinitum until the object is built.

The printer has a layer height of 0.15mm to 0.2mm and prints fairly slowly, for now. However, considering it’s completely open source, uses off-the-shelf components, and…

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Tapjoy does the math, moves from bare metal to OpenStack cloud

Commercial reality kicks in for cloud software stacks.


These are interesting times for IT pros. The pressure is on to assess how their company’s tech is running and what deployment model will be best going forward. And they are inundated with claims that a) public cloud is best for everything, b) a mix of public and private resources is best, c) stark, bare metal is faster than cloud, d) co=location is cheapest  once you have a grip on your workload … the list goes on. As is usually the case, the truth is somewhere in the middle of that scrum.

Tapjoy, a mobile app marketing firm based in San Francisco, did its due diligence and decided to move a big chunk of its workload from bare-metal servers running at SoftLayer(s IBM) to OpenStack — but to OpenStack managed for it by Metacloud.

Here’s the thing, according to Tapjoy Head of Operations Wes Jossey (pictured above) who manages devops for the San Francisco-based company:…

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