Just putting a quick note on some of my top recommends from Japan as i get a lot of requests and have been having to cobble together for friends. Here’s a starter list: Pro-tips in general: Use this amazing site that has great english pages: https://pocket-concierge.jp to book restaurant reservations with many michelin-star and otherwise foody and hard to get reservation locations in Japan. Most japanese restaurants don’t have good english websites and don’t take english phone calls. Buy a japan-rail pass before flying to japan, activate it at Narita or other JR Rail station. Huge savings over buying tickets … Continue reading My Japan Recommends
Just unboxing a Kandao Obsidian R VR Camera, this is going to become my personal VR blogging / testing camera, i really like the form factory and the quality of shots is excellent. First observations which are important to others … Continue reading Unboxing Kandao Obsidian R VR Camera
Our papa Emilio Casanueva passed away Friday May 25th, 2018, at the Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara CA. He was surrounded with love and affection with family. Emilio was born in Chile in 1939 and immigrated to the USA with … Continue reading Obituary: Luis Emilio Casanueva Tagle
I replaced my front and rear Ford emblem/billet badges, on my 2017 Ford Focus RS mk3 Continue reading Remove and Replace Ford Focus RS mk3 Billet Badges/Emblems
These people (including some that aren’t pictured): Just shipped our first baby, Pixvana SPIN Studio: Pixvana SPIN Studio is an amazing new tool for storytelling with video for Augmented and Virtual Reality. The suite has a lot of components still to come, but our MVP is something we are super proud and excited by–it provides workflow support for optimizing and publishing high quality VR videos to both our SPIN Play SDK and SPIN Play. Login to Pixvana SPIN Studio here. Our SPIN Play SDK is in the hands of our partners who are building their own branded players, the first … Continue reading We shipped Pixvana SPIN Studio!
We just got back from a lovely spring break in Zapallar Chile visiting family. We took a Omni VR Camera Rig with us and spent a day shooting the areas along the Zapallar-to-Cachagua coastal area and upon my return and … Continue reading Zapallar in VR Project – Start
Seattle fine artist Jesse Link completed a commissioned piece for me to adorn the Pixvana office. He completed the piece and dropped by our office last week, and my colleagues and I are totally psyched. My wife and I came … Continue reading Sofia the VR Explorer by Jesse Link
@Pixvana this week we announced our Virtual Reality Video platform, now known as SPIN VR. The word SPIN has obvious connections to the new VR and AR medium, namely, the ability to “spin” or otherwise adjust your point-of-view to perceive the … Continue reading SPIN VR – Pixvana’s storytelling platform
Too fun. So in 1999 some buddies and I put together a series of instructional video tapes (that we shipped out on VHS) called the Masters of Visual Effects series. The series had originally intended to have some true masters … Continue reading Masters of Visual Effects 1999 Style
At Pixvana we use a company culture mini-pulsing product from one of my favorite seattle startups, TinyPulse. Each week the tool asks our team a fun question that can be answered anonymously via browser or iphone and usually takes less … Continue reading If Pixvana was an animal…
My son Carlos Key’s film won an award at the local film festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, and he has a nice write up in the Seattle Times–Carlos Key won the Youth Award at SIFF for the 3 minute … Continue reading Carlos Key’s Film, in Geekwire!
Kudos to Aaron Rhodes and Sean Safreed for the first of many Pixvana videos that outline some of the unique challenges, and solutions, to making great stories and experiences using video in Virtual Reality. This video tackles the unique challenges … Continue reading Field of View Adaptive Streaming for VR
We’re having a lot of fun at the Pixvana working on various VR storytelling technologies, what we have termed “XR Storytelling” as we are thinking broadly about both AR and VR but also xR, such as virtual reality caves, and … Continue reading Adaptive 360 VR Video Streaming
Here’s some really clear images and videos that illustrate a VR Video assembly process using a 6 camera go-pro rig. This isn’t meant as a comprehensive how-to, rather, just a visual only guide that I will be using in presentations … Continue reading Clear Example of VR Video Assembly
A lot of my friends have asked me why i’ve plunged into starting a new company, and, why / how i chose building a VR Video Platform specifically as an area for software innovation? I think i can succinctly summarize as: … Continue reading Why VR Video Will Be BIG
I’ve got a new favorite word that i’m investing energy in imbuing with greenedness: Pixvana. Pixvana is evocative of video delivery and virtual reality, and has its very own domain at http://www.pixvana.com. I really like the combination of the pixel and … Continue reading Pixvana is a lovely word, and i will make it MINE!
My Family and I just completed a marvelous 9 day expedition on the Colorado River from Lees Landing launch, down through the marvelous Grand Canyon National Park. We used Hatch as our expedition outfitter/organizer and we were absolutely thrilled with … Continue reading Grand Canyon River Expedition with Hatch as Outfiter
I changed the kidney grill “bib” from the factory chrome to a matching black; this is apparently pretty common cosmetic upgrade/change, and it was ultimately pretty easy to do–however, i found the online documentation/help to be a bit confusing so … Continue reading F80 BMW m3 Kidney Grill Replacement Install
I sold my Apple Watch after 1 week of use, here’s why! After a sordid 1 week fling with the Apple Watch, i decided this AM that I had had enough and i posted it for sale on my internal company bulletin board. … Continue reading My Apple Watch Review, vis a vis Fitbit Surge
I’m training for the Copenhagen Marathon in May of this year (2015), and have been using Strava and a new Fitbit Surge device to track my runs. Unfortunately the two systems are not compatible (update May 2015–they are now compatible, … Continue reading Strava and FitBit Surge Together / Review of Fitbit Surge