Don’t look for dividends in VR yet

The virtual reality (VR) market is expected to be worth about $34 billion annually by 2022. Tech investors are understandably excited about this expanding opportunity, particularly as giants like Facebook and Alphabet make huge plays in the space.

If you are looking for dividend stocks in VR then you have conflicting goals in your investment profile. VR innovation will come from startups while established tech giants will facilitate hardware ecosystems. If you are looking to invest in tech, you understand the risk profile associated with the industry. Income stocks will have an inherently lower risk profile than pure play tech investment.

Virtual Reality Isn’t a Hit at Home, So Imax Tries Arcades

In the first four months of 2017, the L.A. center registered more than 25,000 admissions and an average revenue of $15,000 per week. It estimates that 100 locations could contribute about $25 million in annual revenue.

Like lasertag on steroids, brilliant market play by IMAX, out of home has so much potential. It’ll be interesting to see if theme parks pick up on this as a new attraction. Disney’s Pandora theme park just opened and I could definitely see this being a headline attraction.

The Bleeding Edge of VR & Healthcare

Virtual reality can create an environment that is safe, repeatable and place someone in an immersive context that’s designed for a specific treatment. Floreo uses this enabling technology to create a new generation of autism therapy that has the potential to be both effective and engaging, and capable of teaching skills that would be very difficult to teach in a therapeutic setting.

Exciting developments that many with VR tunnel vision can’t see yet.

Virtual Reality Will Never Be a Mainstream Entertainment Platform

The question is: How much does a virtual-reality environment enhance the power of storytelling? I’ve seen dozens of VR experiences over the last few years, and I always come away thinking that I’d have enjoyed it more on a traditional 2D screen.

There’s the rub; the medium requires a form of storytelling that taps into the power of VR. The position the author takes is short sighted though. Media consumption paradigm shifts look alien to those who can’t see beyond the horizon.

Paris in Pink (from the Arc de Triomphe)

While atop the Arc de Triomphe in Paris you get the perfect view of the city. This photo was taken using Kodak Aerochrome Infrared film to bring out different colours and give the moment a unique perspective.

To purchase the signature ‘Paris in Pink’ photography print visit the Wandering Moments Collection.

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Let’s Learn: Premiere Pro (A New Tutorial Series)

Do you have a question about Premiere Pro? Maybe a plugin you’re thinking about trying? Or maybe you just want to know how to go about organizing a project. Whatever it is send your questions to me on Twitter and I’ll make a tutorial for you!

This first one is in response to a questions from McCord Media:

So here it is! Again if you have a question let me know and I’ll make a video for you, just trying to pay it forward!

Fairmont GoPro Video Contest: Kauai Adventure

Last year my wife suggested we enter a video contest that Fairmont Hotels was running for a chance to win a trip to any destination in North America OR (more importantly) their destinations in the Caribbean. We chose Barbados thinking we may not win.

As part of our initial submission we had to create a video that showed a place we had visited and all the “off the beaten path” experiences we had. Having visited Kauai and Hawaii recently we knew it was the perfect subject matter. Here’s our short entry video edited very quickly.

Surprisingly we made it through the first round and we won our trip to Barbados! The kicker was we had to film our experience using the provided GoPro camera. I’ll post the follow-up video shortly.

Results from IR Photography shoot in Paris with Kodak Aerochrome

Well some photos turned out better than others unfortunately. Getting the right focus proved much more difficult in a shoot on the fly scenario. Lighting and blow out also seems to be an issue although the days were mostly overcast. Luckily there were a few gems among the roll.

I would definitely recommend this type of film for anyone wanting a new technical challenge in photography or just to give a familiar setting a new perspective.

To purchase the signature ‘Paris in Pink’ photography print visit the Wandering Moments Collection.