6Sight 2010 Program Overview

At the 2010 6Sight Future of Imaging conference we organized our program into clusters of sessions which presented an overview of a particular subject and offer a variety of views on the topic. Often, these included 10-minute Showcases of a new technology by its developer. Listed below are the cluster topics presented at the Sainte Clare Hotel in San Jose, California, held on November 15-17, 2010. 

Each day concluded with a panel of the top imaging analysts providing data to support or challenge the views of the day’s panelists and presenters. Investors weighed in on the imaging opportunities with a Financial Roundtable panel that discussed what investments are being made or likely to be made in the near future.

Monday, November 15

12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration in Lobby

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

AIE Output Summit

The 6sight conference is preceded by the new AIE Output Summit — included free with 6Sight registration. This mini-conference focuses on photo finishing and the picture printing business. It will feature panel discussion with leading print service providers, hardware manufacturers, and industry analysts including Eastman Kodak, Fujifilm, Memjet, Walgreen, Whitehouse Custom Colour, H&H Color, and RPI.


1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Panel: Analysts View of Output (including data)
We have assembled the top analysts in the photo and digital imaging industry to share their vision of the new landscape of digital output. Each analyst will present their most current data, followed by a round-table panel discussion digging into the implications behind the numbers.
Moderator: Kristy Holch
Speakers: Liz Cutting, NPD; Frank Baillargeon, InfoTrends; Steve Hoffenberg, Lyra; Ron Glaz, IDC; Marion Knoche, GfK; Don Franz, Photo Imaging News

2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.


2:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m

Panel: Output from a Vendor’s Perspective
Industry-leading vendors will provide direction as to where they are investing in the future of output.
Moderator: Gary Pageau, PMA
Speakers: Ed Monahan, Kodak; Manny Almeida, Fujifilm; David Clark, Memjet; Kalle Marsal, HP

3:50 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Panel: Output from a User’s Perspective
Hear the straight scoop from the biggest names in output, both from a retail and professional perspective. Learn what new markets are being explored, what products are profitable, and what are they looking to for future revenues.
Moderator: Liz Cutting, NPD
Speakers: Mona Kelly, Walgreen Co.; Michael Hanline, Whitehouse Custom Colour; David Drum, H&H Color Lab; Rick Bellamy, RPI

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception in Tech Fair

Tuesday, November 16
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast in the Tech Fair
8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. Welcome Presentation
Speaker: Joe Byrd, 6Sight
  Cluster: Augmented Reality
AR merges image capture, display, computation, and connectivity to overlay information and graphics on top of our real time view of the real world around us. This innovative development promises to impact imaging, entertainment, personal computers, and many other aspects of modern life.  
8:40 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Blair MacIntyre, Georgia Institute of Technology
Blair MacIntyre, Director of the Augmented Environments Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology will discuss how Augmented Reality will affect photo imaging in the near future, and his work with Qualcomm, which recently joined with Georgia Tech to establish the Qualcomm Augmented Reality Game Studio. The research and design center is aimed at pioneering new advancements in mobile gaming and interactive media.
9:20 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Panel: Augmented Reality: Imaging plus Information
Paul Worthington will moderate a panel of leading AR developers who will discuss their latest work, and the impact augmented reality will have on imaging and everyday life.
Moderator: Paul Worthington, 6Sight Report
Speakers: Michelle Fallon, YOUReality3D; Ivan Franco, YDreams - Informática S.A; Peter Meier, Metaio; Greg Davis, Total Immersion; Blair MacIntyre, Georgia Institute of Technology 
10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break in the Tech Fair
  Cluster: Smarter Camera Phones
Mobile imaging already shook up the camera business once because suddenly everyone had a camera in their pocket: their phone. Now, top-of-the-line phones not only capture great photos, they provide amazing and fun imaging apps – functionality completely lacking in standard digital cameras. This presents challenges and possibilities for the imaging business.
10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. New Technology Showcase: Microsoft will showcase Windows Phone 7. The most numerous picture capture device today by far is the camera phone, and the fastest growing category is the smart phone. Now the world’s largest software developer has released a new operating system redesigned from the bottom up for these phones.
Speaker: JP Wollersheim, Microsoft
10:40 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.    

New Technology Showcase:
Speaker: Ingolf Held, Silicon Hive
Silicon Hive will feature its high-performance imaging and video processing technology. “The fully-programmable HiveGo solutions enable third party application developers, and provide the mobile phone and digital television industry a unique platform to create differentiating consumer experience.

10:50 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Presentation: State of the Camera Phone
November 2010 marks the 10th anniversary of the camera-phone. In addition to reviewing the current State of the Mobile Imaging Industry, it seems fitting to look at how we got from zero to a billion units a year and from Japanese gadget fad to mainstream imaging device in just 10 short years.
Speaker: Tony Henning, 6Sight
11:20 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. New Technology Showcase:
Raviteq develops applications for the creation, viewing and sharing of mobile multimedia, including photo, video, sound and music. The Swedish firm makes mobile phone multimedia usable and enjoyable everywhere. Founder Pierre Elzouki will demonstrate the next wave of mobile applications using multimedia to let users tell their stories.
Speaker: Pierre Elzouki, Raviteq
11:20 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. New Technology Showcase:
Scalado combines its software and hardware technologies on existing mobile platforms to accelerate imaging. CTO  Sami Niemi will present new features, use cases, user experiences, and the potential for faster time to market.
Speaker: Sami Niemi, Scalado
11:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. Panel: Smarter Camera Phones
Multiple factors have contributed to getting mobile imaging to mainstream status, but the one that really drove consumers to finally use the camera in their phone is the rise of the smart phone, which made the cameras usable and useful -- and fun -- in an almost unlimited number of ways. What makes these camera-phones "smart" and do they pose a threat to traditional (standalone or disconnected) cameras or will it force manufacturers of those devices to a) get connected and b) open themselves up to third party applications by providing a mechanism for downloading and running those apps?
Moderator: Tony Henning, 6Sight
Speakers: Sami Niemi, Scalado; KC Lemson, Microsoft; Jean Chao, Toshiba; Dean Tang, ABBYY; Pierre Elzouki, Raviteq; Ingolf Held, Silicon Hive
12:25 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. Lunch in the Tech Fair
1:25 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.    
Presentation: Rise of the Amateur Survey
PMA will present more of its ground-breaking research, in conjunction with DP Review, into the photo activities of advanced amateur/photo enthusiasts.
Speaker: Gary Pageau, PMA
1:35 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. New Technology Showcase: CyArk is a non-profit using LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging)  technology to precisely record and digitally preserve world heritage sites. Founder Ben Kacyra will discuss the digital capture technologies used, and their applications in fields of geo-spatial management, education, and cultural tourism.
Speaker: Ben Kacyra, CyArk 
1:45 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. AIE / PMA Welcome and Business Meeting
Speakers: Ted Fox, PMA; Susan Rau, Northwest Professional Color; Ken Wilson, Lustre Color
  Cluster: Advances in output
Revenue-generating prospects delivered by new output products and services that will transform photographic digital printing.
1:55 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Panel: Advanced Output & Display
Moderator: Scott Brownstein, Brownstein & McCabe Associates
Panelists: Scott Anderson, Portrait Displays, Inc.; Manny Almeida, Fujifilm; David Clark, Memjet; Ed Monahan, Eastman Kodak Company; Rob Tolmie, Photo Create Pty Ltd; Dan Kinsley, HP
2:30 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. New Technology Showcase:
Memjet developed what may be the fastest ink jet printing technology ever invented.  CEO David Clark will describe the technology, its current state of commercialization, and demonstrate a print engine for commercial photo printing.
Speaker: David Clark, Memjet 
2:40 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Break in Tech Fair
  Cluster: 3D cameras, printers, and big-screen TVs
The new opportunities for companies in the imaging business offered by 3D technology and its new infrastructures and ecosystems.
3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. New Technology Showcase:
Tracer Imaging will be launching its consumer 3D print service called TracerPix at 6Sight offering retailers and professional labs the ability to easily create printed images with 3D, Zoom, Morph, Multi Flip and Video image effects for its customers. People’s faces light up when they see a lenticular print. Beyond the attraction of 3D or other effects, its appeal comes from the fact that they can touch, and hold the richness of real life in a printed from.
Speaker: Stephen Spiro, Tracer Imaging
3:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Presentation: State of 3D
Stereoscopic photography and 3D television offers new opportunities for companies in the imaging business, as the technology and its new infrastructures and ecosystems drive overall excitement and investment in pictures. 
Speaker: Paul Worthington, 6Sight Report
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Panel: 3D Fact or Hype?
Our panel of experts, executives, and developers will discuss what is coming next, and what is still needed, to further 3D.
Moderator: Paul Worthington, 6Sight Report
Speakers: Jim Calverley, Fujifilm; David Moloney, Movidius; Matt DiMaria, Roxio; Zorana Gee, Adobe Systems; Steven Spiro, Tracer Imaging; Ben Kacyra, CyArk
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Panel: Analyst Roundtable
Moderator: Kristy Holch
Speakers: Ed Lee, InfoTrends; Steve Hoffenberg, Lyra Research Inc.; Kathleen Maher, Jon Peddie Research (JPR); Gary Pageau, PMA; Liz Cutting, NPD
6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Dinner / Reception at the Tech Museum
 Wednesday,  November 17  
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast in the Tech Fair
8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. Welcome Back
Speaker: Joe Byrd, 6Sight
  Cluster: Camera Evolution
New technologies continue to advance photographic capture with improved image quality; faster shooting; smaller form factors; and other benefits for professionals, consumers, and enthusiasts.
8:40 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Marc Levoy, Professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford University
Levoy’s work focuses on computational photography, the use of advanced algorithms and processing to take imaging far beyond the mere replacement of film with digital sensors we’ve seen so far in camera design. Levoy has worked on computer animation; displaying three-dimensional functions, such as computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) data; and 3D laser scanning. Levoy also co-designed the Google book scanner and helped launch the Google Street View project. Levoy will demonstrate his current project, the “Frankencamera,” a fully programmable camera that embodies the ideal of capture devices that are open and can be customized, expanded, and upgraded.
9:20 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. New Technology Showcase:
InVisage has created a new medium for photographic image capture that may supercede silicon. QuantumFilm promises significantly greater light sensitivity than CMOS or CCD image sensors, with no added cost or manufacturing complications. Design manager Michael Malone will introduce the new camera features and unique user benefits such as QuantumShutter the company will soon bring to market.
Speaker: Michael Malone, InVisage
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.   Break in the Tech Fair
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Presentation: State of Digital Cameras
New technologies continue to advance photographic capture with improved image quality, faster shooting, smaller form factors, and other benefits for professionals, consumers, and enthusiasts. 
Speaker: Paul Worthington, The 6Sight Report
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Panel: Camera Evolution: Features, Technologies and Trends
Moderator: Paul Worthington, The 6Sight Report
Speakers: Jim Calverley, Fujifilm; Jess Lee, InVisage; Eran Steinberg, Tessera; Yuval Koren, Eye-Fi; Kartik Venkataraman, Pelican Imaging Corporation
11:30 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.  Presentation: Top Image Recognition Systems
In this presentation we will briefly overview some of the latest technologies available about Visual retrieval in the commercial sector. We will than focus on novel European based R&D projects dealing with content management and image retrieval, including GLOCAL approach in several application domains, which will involve the visual retrieval of professional and amateur users dealing with professional and generic contents, and the CONVERGENCE project: enhancing the Internet with a content-centric, publish-subscribe service model, based on a common container for any kind  of digital data, including representations of people and Real World Objects. To do that we are introducing a new fundamental unit of distribution and transaction: the VDI (–a common container for any kind of digital data, including representations of any virtual or physical object. VDIs will contain media data, data about services, representations of people and Real World Objects (RWOs), based on MPEG-21 codec).
Speaker: Andrea de Polo, Alinari Archive
11:40 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch in the Tech Fair  
  Cluster: Video: Images in Motion
Video capture and display is everywhere, especially on social networking sites. But how is it being used, and who is benefiting? Our panel reports on services and other ways to monetize personal movie making
1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.    New Technology Showcase:
Nocturnal Vision was inspired by research on nocturnal vision in insects to dramatically improve low-light videos and still photo capture. Business development manager Michael Hoy will show spatio-temporal smoothing technology helps video cameras see in the dark.
Speaker: Michael Hoy, Nocturnal Vision
1:10 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.  Presentation: State of Still Camera Video
Speaker: Paul Worthington, The 6Sight Report
1:20 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Panel: How do we use and Monetize Video?
Video capture and display is everywhere, especially on social sharing sites. But how is it being used, and who is benefiting? Our panel reports on services and other ways to monetize personal movie making.
Moderator: Paul Worthington, 6Sight Report 
Panelists: Brad Jefferson, Animoto; Alaric Cole, Soviet Montage; Terence Swee, MUVEE Device Solutions Group; Michael Hoy, Nocturnal Vision
2:00 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.

New Technology Showcase:
Pre-View promises full-screen interactive panoramic imaging. Co-founder and CEO Magnus Janson will introduce the 720-degree spherical image — a new and easy way to share every day situations using only a mobile phone. Capturing is done simply by swiping your device across the surroundings and exploring the spherical image is like being there yourself.
Speaker: Magnus Janson, Pre-View

2:10 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. Break in the Tech Fair
2:40 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Panel: Financial Roundtable
Moderator: Mark Kalow, Soquel Group
Panelists: Tricia Salinero, Newforth; Ben Choi, Maveron; Patrick Chung, NEA; Rudy Burger, Woodside Capital
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Panel: Analyst Roundtable Part Two
Moderator: Kristy Holch
Speakers: Ed Lee, InfoTrends; Ron Glaz, IDC; Liz Cutting, NPD; Jon Peddie, JPR 
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Panel: The 6Sight 6 – The Top 6 Takeaways from 6Sight
Moderator: Joe Byrd, 6Sight
Panelists: Paul Worthington, The 6Sight Report; Tony Henning, 6Sight; Gary Pageau, PMA


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