Archive for December, 2009

Kodak Press Release explaining the Sale of OLED business

We are sad to see the Kodak OLED business sell. The technology could have helped them develop some very innovative products. We hope that Kodak would introduce some new and exciting innovations in the New Year.
OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) technology is also environmentally friendly and reduces energy consumption. Earlier this year the department of technology awarded Kodak $1.7 million to develop Energy efficient OLED lighting.

In a press release Kodak officials said:

“ROCHESTER, N.Y., Dec. 30 — Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) announced today that it has completed the previously announced sale of its OLED (organic light-emitting diode) business to an entity set up by a group of LG companies.

This move will tighten Kodak’s investment focus and strengthen its financial position. Financial details were not disclosed.

“As we said earlier this year, OLED is one of the businesses we wanted to reposition to maximize Kodak’s competitive advantage at the intersection of materials and imaging science,” said Laura G. Quatela, Kodak’s Chief Intellectual Property Officer and manager of the company’s OLED business. “This action is consistent with that strategy. Our OLED intellectual property portfolio is fundamental; however, realizing the full value of this business would have required significant investment.”

Nomura Securities International, Inc. served as financial advisor to Kodak.”

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Kodak Sells OLED business to LG

The past 5 years saw many companies shift towards OLED technology. Companies like Sony, Samsung, Toshiba and GE revealed several OLED based products. Where the technology was revolutionary there wasn’t much of a demand for the OLED products. Most products created were not mass marketed and in most cases research on OLED technology is still on-going.

In the current economic climate Kodak has let go of several of its businesses. Earlier this year we saw KodaChrome leave and today Kodak announced that it had finalized the deal to sell its OLED business to a set up of LG companies.

Kodak was one of the first pioneers of OLED technology. Kodak states, ‘Kodak first discovered organic materials that glowed in response to electrical currents in the late 1970s. Since then, Kodak has set industry benchmarks with patented discoveries and OLED technology.’ This year they launched several OLED products that included an OLED photo frame and Kodak Elite Vision TV.

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The Ball drops on New Year…and it’s Green!

Every year millions of people get together in Times Square New York to celebrate the New Year. Traditionally the ball drop ceremony takes place on New Years Eve at Times Square. The ball is dropped as people begin the countdown to the New Year. At exactly 11:59 PM (EST) tomorrow the ball will begin its descent on New York city. For the past 103 years the ball drop ceremony has taken place every New Years Eve. This year it’s even more special. It’s special because the ball is lighted with sustainable LED lights.

The pattern of the ball has been designed by Waterford Crystal. Times Square NYC reports, ‘For 2010 Waterford Crystal has designed a new sparkling “Let There Be Courage” triangle. The crystals feature a unique interlocking ribbon pattern woven into the Celtic knot. The triangles, each about 3/8″ thick and 6.8 ounces in weight are custom made and built to exacting standards to withstand the stresses of high winds, precipitation and temperature fluctuation that exist over 400 feet above Times Square. 288 are being installed alongside crystal installed in previous years. Waterford has also released a New Year’s Eve iPhone app called “Clink-Clink”!’

It is very cool to see how various companies are coming together and taking the whole Green design approach seriously. The ball is powered with LEDs which will help save energy and are environmentally friendly. Get ready to view this spectacle live tomorrow.

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Digital & Sustainable – The National Geographic Collection

When it comes to sustainability, National Geographic has always been the leader in adapting green practices. They have encouraged photographers to take amazing photographs of our environment, they have pushed forward the green agenda and now they have launched the entire collection of the Nation Geographic Magazines on a 160GB Hard Drive. Now that’s called going green.

The magazine has been around since 1888 and has given us some amazing stories and even better photographs. The Hard Drive collection presents a full archive of every single National Geographic issue. It is lightweight and easy to travel with. It is just 3″ x 5″ and requires a USB connection. National Geographic has also left 100GB of Hard Disk space for individual use. Now you can read all the magazines and store your own data on the Hard Drive.

Currently, this digital collection is only available in the U.S. and Canada.

Images from shop.nationalgeographic.com

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New Year – Get your photos in Times Square

Kodak is becoming the cool new thing. They keep on innovating and adding interactive campaigns to their portfolio. Today, Kodak launched the ‘Your Photo in Times Square’ Campaign. Now any one can view themselves on a huge billboard in Times Square on New Years eve. Talk about being a celebrity, now your wildest dreams can come true with Kodak. This may be the coolest way to celebrate New Year. If you want your 10 seconds of fame and wish to show your work to millions of people at Times Square submit your photos to Kodak now!

The Kodak team explains the project on their blog and states that, ‘We recently upgraded our huge digital display on the 50-yard line of the Crossroads of the World. It is now networked and we have an app that will let you to share your picture on our sign. The cool part about it is that you control when it shows up.’ If you want your photo to be displayed on Times Square follow the instructions below or on the Kodak 1000 words blog.

  1. Email your photo to kodak@aerva.com
  2. You will get a confirmation email for your photo. If your photo is approved they will send you a second notification with a code
  3. When you are ready to post your picture to the Kodak billboard in Times Square simply text the code to the number they provide
  4. Your photo will appear at the next interval
  5. The picture will show for 10 seconds and they allow you to do this 6 times over 30 days.

If you want to showcase your work to millions of people on New Years Eve now is your chance to do so. Start sorting through your images and send them to kodak. Hurry up!

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Update: Cell Phone Photography a means of preserving plant specimens

To date researchers have produced 90,000 leaf images using LeafView. In the past museums archived plant species by keeping catalogs and files of specimens. LeafView makes it easier to document and study specimens of plants. Smithsonian researchers have created an application for Iphone and Sony Vaio and are using it to add more specimens to the US National Herbarium.

With the launch of this project anyone can help save and document endangered species of plants. All you have to do is take a photo from your SmartPhone and share it on the LeafView database. Dr. Sean White a Pos-Graduate student at Columbia University first developed LeafView and was the winner of the 2009 Environment Laureate at the Tech Awards. Right now the App is only available to the researchers working with the Smithsonian institute but they hope to make it accessible to the public. In the future they are also aiming to produce applications for platforms like Google, Microsoft, Nokia etc.

The Smithsonian Researchers explain the project in-detail on their website. They state, “The type specimen digitization project has produced images of over 90,000 specimens. We have developed new, shape-based algorithms for plant species identification.  We apply these in handheld systems that currently focus on the flora of Plummers Island and the woody plants of the DC-Baltimore area.  We have developed working Tablet PC-, Ultra Mobile PC-, and Augmented Reality-based prototypes that have been evaluated in the field and in the laboratory.  We are currently working on improvements to the search algorithm, expansion of our data sets, and new mobile phone user interfaces.”

images from the Columbia University Herbarium Website

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Cell Phone Photography – documenting endangered plants

Cataloging and documenting data has been a primary asset of the Smithsonian. If you walk into any of the museums you will see archives of data and artifacts preserving history. A team of researchers from Columbia University, Maryland University and the Smithsonian are working on a project to archive various species of plants. The project uses Smart Phones as devices to capture and record plant specimens.

The project was started by Dr. Sean White, a student at Columbia University. He designed an electronic field guide to catalog plant specimens. Today the project has grown on a vast scale and researchers are designing prototypes that would enable Smart Phones to capture and document various kinds of leaf samples and match them to specimens in an online archive. The project is called LeafView – an App for Smart Phones like Iphone, Android etc. that enables users to simply photograph a leaf and upload the information to a central database. The information is then used for research to follow the impact of climate change on our natural habitats.  The App also allows researchers to create digital archives of plant species. The first prototype of the project was launched earlier this year.

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