11 December 2006
The Altcar expo was pretty exciting - there was definitely the feeling of being on the edge of something new. The cars on display ranged from intriguing to practical to cool to silly, and the vendors ranged from mom and pop - literally - to small startups to relative veterans like Zap cars to General Motors. (In one corner - GM and their new Saturn Hybrid - in the other corner, the Petersen Auto Museum with their now collectible EV-1.)
First year and they're already running out of room - nowhere to park (how appropriate) and the hanger was packed. There's a real hunger for new ways to get around. Several of us from Art Center were there and there was a real sense that things have reached a tipping point - there is demand for new vehicles.
More in a day or two when I get a change to scan some of the materials.
Posted by Michael Berman at 21:28
06 December 2006
01 December 2006
21 November 2006
The HD-DVD and Blu-Ray story has been a fiasco of epic proportions. I don't agree with everything in this analysis - we're a long way from delivering several million copies of "Cars", e.g., via the web, but I do think the new DVD standards will never break out as mass market products before technology catches up and surpasses them. If you look at an up-res'ed standard DVD on a hi-def TV, it's pretty darn good - there's not much incentive to spend hundreds on a new player and then repurchase your collection in a new format.
Posted by Michael Berman at 11:07