ANTFARM, a consumer robotics company, has started a kickstarter for a book about multi-core computing. One that removes the ambiguity around Multi Core processors and More Importantly training people to Program the Multi Core processors of the Future. The Kickstarter goal is a modest one of $5,000 by April 3rd, 2014.
On Thursday 13 February 2014 the first Khronos meetup in Amsterdam will take place. The goal is to learn about open media-standards from The Khronos Group and others. So when OpenCV is discussed, we’ll also talk OpenVX. Speakers include Ton Roosendaal of the Blender Foundation talking Blender and OpenGL and Maarten and Jurjen of ThreeDee Media talking WebGL. Complete details are available here and here.
The San Francisco HTML5 user group is kicking off 2014 in style with a WebGL mega event featuring four great speakers. This special event will be live streamed on Google Developers Live. Speakers include Tony Parisi, Don Olmstead, Victor Sand and Peter Moskovits and Isaac Cohen. Details on the meetup page.
The Khronos Beijing Chapter held their first meetup last week. The next meetup in Beijing is already scheduled for October 19th 2013. Everyone is welcome to join. If you are interested in starting your own Khronos Chapter, please be sure to fill out our online Chapter form.
Highlights at the inaugural event on 30th and 31st of October include the second meeting of the standards body, Khronos Group's UK chapter, led by Samsung R&D Institute UK, Unity 3D workshop and an Education panel that will debate the question: "Specialists or all-rounders: What sort of school leavers do we need?"
Khronos Group Chapters are having a couple of upcoming meetups. One in New York and the other in Cambridge UK. Find out more about the Khronos Group Chapters. We have lots of information online if you are interested in starting a Chapter where you are.
This Khronos Group Chapter meetup will be held on Thursday 31st October 2013 and is one of the free sessions offered by the Mosaic3DX conference and exhibition this year. The Khronos UK Chapter is a group of the UK's Khronos API users enabling them to get together and expand understanding of the APIs, discuss ideas to improve them, and share technical achievements in the graphics/multimedia/compute domains. At Mosaic3DX this year, we would like to hear about your experiences developing games using APIs such as OpenGL, OpenGL ES, and OpenCL and thoughts on what you'd want to see in future versions. Expect some interesting presentations and a heated discussion!
Jon Peddie from Jon Peddie Research has published a new book "The History of Visual Magic in Computers: How Beautiful Images are Made in CAD, 3D, VR and AR." If you have ever looked at a fantastic adventure or science fiction movie, or an amazingly complex and rich computer game, or a TV commercial where cars or gas pumps or biscuits behaved liked people and wondered, “How do they do that?”, then you’ve experienced the magic of 3D worlds generated by a computer. This book will guide you through the history of how this came about and show you a little about how it's all done. Dr. Jon Peddie is one of the pioneers of the graphics industry and was recently named one of the most influential analysts.
The Khronos Group has posted some of the SIGGRAPH BOF slides online. More to come as the week progresses. Currently you will find OpenCL, WebCL, Camera work group and COLLADA.