Friday, July 25, 2008

Future Image Inc. and PMA announce 6Sight Future of Imaging Conference location and programming

Future Image Inc., San Mateo, Calif., and Jackson, Mich.-based PMA, along with the Association of Imaging Executives (AIE), a PMA member association, announce programming for the 6Sight Future of Imaging Conference to be held Nov. 18-20 at the Monterey Conference Center and the Portola Hotel & Spa.

The conference will feature forward-looking explorations of facial recognition, geo-imaging, ubiquitous sensors, and demonstrations of cutting-edge research. Additionally, product demonstrations all focused on a particular topic will be addressed via panel discussions, speaker presentations, product demonstrations, and clusters -- groups of several sessions. Throughout the program, attendees will enjoy 6Sight's New Technology Showcases --10-minute presentations of potentially game-changing technologies.

The Monterey Maritime Museum will host the 6Sight Welcome Reception, Nov. 18, and the conference program will begin Nov. 19 with a "Big Picture" view of the challenges and opportunities facing the imaging industry by conference chair Alexis Gerard, founder of Future Image and 6Sight Conferences LLC.

Day One will include a "Press the Button 2.0" keynote address by Bill Lloyd, chief technology officer, Eastman Kodak Co. Also, "Future of Cameras" sessions will explore the features and capabilities expected in the next generations of both entry-level point-and-shoot devices and sophisticated DSLRs. This cluster will open with a "State of the Industry" presentation by Future Image analyst Paul Worthington. Two panel discussions will provide additional industry-insider knowledge on future developments in compact cameras and SLRs. The conference will also explore the development of extremely small, low-cost, "intelligent" camera modules being deployed in a wide range of consumer devices including toys, multi-sensor cameras, automobiles, televisions, and remote control devices. 6Sight's annual "State of the Camera Phone" presentation will update attendees on the latest developments in those devices. Subsequent panel discussions, demonstrations and the "Analyst Roundtable" will follow. Day one programming will conclude with "From the Worldwide Frontlines -- An International Retailers Panel," which takes a look at consumer trends in various regional markets. A 6Sight reception and dinner at the Monterey Bay Aquarium will follow the end of the day one programming.

The day two keynote will feature Garage Technology Ventures founder Guy Kawasaki who will present his view on the strategic direction of business for the next 3-5 years. "Printing at the Speed of Ink" will explore how the ongoing digital printing revolution is impacting both consumer and commercial applications. John Larish, imaging industry analyst will report on new technologies from drupa, the world's largest printing event. Also, Scott Brownstein, who led teams developing single-use cameras, instant print stations, scanning services, and other technologies will lead a panel discussion highlighting future usage and business models for hard copy output. Video will be discussed in the "Veni, Video, Vici" sessions. The "Living Room Imaging" will address the proliferation of high-definition televisions and home networks that are driving new ways for consumers to enjoy pictures and videos, going beyond an improved version of the slide show to interactive web experiences. The afternoon continues with "The Future of Lenses," a look at radically new lens design and manufacturing technologies that are moving out of research-and-development labs and into consumer products. Next, the "Geo-Imaging" sessions will address how the convergence of geographic tagging and imaging aim to solve the issue of automatically annotating "where" visual documents are captured for easier retrieval, management, and sharing.
[source: PMA]

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