Jared E. Bendis

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Jared’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!
Back by popular demand – Jared’s favorite holidays toys for 2014. Some are new releases – some are classics and some are just great gift giving opportunities. Descriptions coming soon – I will try and indicate along the way if I own the item (or one similar). Enjoy! Brainwave Emotion Controlled Cat Ears Toys that […]

Summer in the USA
Having done all of these grand Castle adventures you can imagine how often people ask me: “Where are you going to next?” But here is the problem – I am sitting on at least 2 documentaries worth of footage (that I am editing) so when it comes to travel I have two options: Go somewhere […]

Jared’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide
Back by popular demand – my favorite holidays toys for 2013.  Some are new releases – some are classics and just great gift giving opportunities.  I try and indicate along the way if I own the item (or one similar).  Enjoy! The Robotic Pet So 2013 is the year of the Robotic pet and I […]

Living in the Digital Age: Course Materials
For the course Living in the Digital Age – you will need to purchase a Paperback book and the new “2013” Furby Boom. Please read carefully… Purchase the book House of Danger in PRINT.  Do NOT purchase the eBook Version and do NOT read the book ahead of time.   Purchase a NEW 2013 Furby […]

So you want to be a game designer?
Presentation Links http://prezi.com/gawhzy-ymohs/view/ http://jaredjared.com/LunchOut/ http://thcnet.net/error/index.php  

Visual Acuity, DPI, and Resolution – Revisited!
So a couple of months ago I wrote an article called Visual Acuity, DPI, and Resolution about ideal viewing distances and TV sizes. Yesterday I went to teach in a new classroom and realized that the students were having problems viewing the display and I figured it was time to revisit the conversation with a […]

Jared’s 2012 Holiday Tech Gift Guide!
Jared’s Ultimate Top Tech Holiday Gift Guide – 2012 Back by popular request – Jared’s top 10 holiday tech toy presents. It is the 2012 holiday present – the new Furby – sure some think they are creepy looking but these new versions can interact with an iOS app and get a distinct personality based […]

Virtual Reality Resources
Prezi: http://prezi.com/hoy3tvyo_wgj/enhancing-new-media-virtually-vr-objects-panoramas-and-3d-photography/   VR Panoramas Hardware GigaPan http://gigapan.com/ Magic Level http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/758211-REG/Novoflex_MBAL_MagicBalance_Leveling_Ball.html Manfrotto Pan Head http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/889880-REG/Manfrotto_mh057a4_long_Deluxe_Panoramic_Head_Geared.html NovoFlex http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/662500-REG/Novoflex_VR_PRO_II_Panorama_VE_System_Pro_II.html Software PTGui http://www.ptgui.com Pano2VR http://gardengnomesoftware.com/pano2vr.php Examples: http://gigapan.com/gigapans/72802 http://www.gopano.com/video/MTA4NTc http://www.360cities.net/gigapixel/strahov-library.html http://fromcastletocastle.com/pano/m1.html http://fromcastletocastle.com/pano/galata.html VR Objects Hardware Ortery http://www.ortery.com/ Pamco http://www.pamco-imaging.com/ Software Object2VR http://gardengnomesoftware.com/object2vr.php Examples: http://jaredjared.com/vr/book1/book1.html http://jaredjared.com/vr/book2/book2.html http://jaredjared.com/vr/mourner/mourner.html http://jaredjared.com/vr/pot/pot.html 3D Photography Hardware Berezin 3D http://www.berezin.com/3d/ Software StereoPhoto Maker http://stereo.jpn.org/eng/stphmkr/ StereoMovie Maker […]

Using Technology to Increase Productivity
I was asked to speak at the Philanthropy Forward ’12 for the Ohio Grantmakers Forum on practical office technologies. I remarked that “The lines have blurred so much – there isn’t work technology or home technology or educational technology – it’s all just technology and to be effective you need to integrate it across your […]

Image Differences That You Can’t See
I’m often asked what is the practical difference between scanning film at 8 bit verses 16 bit or saving a TIFF verses a JPG with quality set to 12 in Photoshop. For all practical purposes there isn’t any difference and when comparing them in Photoshop using a difference filter the naked eye sees nothing out […]

Visual Acuity, DPI, and Resolution
Recently at work I was asked to investigate various display technologies (like visualization walls and large format printing) and I thought I would take a slightly different approach to the problem. Warning: There is a lot of math in this article but you can skip the equations along the way and still follow along. Whenever […]

Chromostereoscopy for Use in Visualization
Chromostereoscopy for Use in Visualization Abstract: Traditional stereoscopic visualization requires either special projection technologies with polarized glasses or special display technologies with LCD shutter glasses to display depth. Other processes such as Red/Blue anaglyph process work both in print and on a computer screen but produce incomprehensible images when the glasses are not worn. Chromostereoscopy […]

Summer Course at CWRU: Multimedia 1
I am pleased to announce that this summer I am teaching an intensive multimedia course through the Art Studio department at Case Western Reserve University. This 3 credit course ARTS 350/450 takes place Mon, Tue, Wed, & Thurs Evenings (5pm-8pm) from  June 4 – July 6 (with no class the week of June 11-14 or […]

In defense of the Trump Brothers Hunting Trip
It takes a lot to get me to write one of these but I’ve been watching all this vitriol pour out again on the net towards Trump’s sons and their hunting trip. I’ve spent the last week grading papers in which my students had to talk about an issue of privacy or piracy.  The reason […]

The Culture of Video
A few years ago I gave a presentation at the NMC entitled: Your Video Projects Suck, But That’s OK ’cause So Do Your Papers: Moderating Student Expectations When Teaching New Media In the presentation I outlined key aspects of film production for students who are working solo on their first project in an academic setting. […]

Goodbye Puppycat
Today was a very sad day.  I had to put Puppycat, my 19 year old Siamese, to sleep. We came home last night to find her in front of her water bowl unable to move and soaked in her own urine. It was sad to see her suffer and not how I want to remember […]

From Castle to Castle: Ireland episodes 1 and 2
I am pleased to announce that today I posted 2 episodes of From Castle to Castle: Ireland – Day 1 (This is a re-cut of the previously released episode 1) From Castle to Castle: Ireland – Episode 01 (Day 1) From Castle to Castle: Ireland – Episode 02 (Day 1) These 2 episodes chronicle the […]

Things to do in Istanbul
One of my cousins asked if I could share with her a list of things to do while visiting Istanbul. Funnily enough, I had just put together the itinerary for my upcoming book and film project: The Magic of Istanbul. The following is a list of what I will be doing on my third expedition […]

What to do with all those photos?
I recently was on Applause with Dee Perry (link coming soon) talking about what to do with all those photos you took over the holidays. This is a quick recap with some helpful links. Edit Your Photos! First, you have too many photos – it’s great that you took so many but now its time […]

Big Files and Portable Hard Drives
Big files can be very unwieldy. If you are working with digital video tapes you get some pretty big files (DV tapes are 200MB per min or about 12GB per hour). On a PC they are DV encoded AVI files and on a MAC they are DV encoded QuickTime files. They are pretty much identical […]

Jared’s Ultimate Top Tech Holiday Gift Guide
Jared’s Ultimate Top Tech Holiday Gift Guide 2011 After my last few holiday toys blog posts – I was asked to narrow it down and tell you what I really think is hot this year or that I really want. So here ya go – enjoy! FYI – my personal Amazon Wishlist is more a […]

25 Years of Sting – A second look…
This week I was asked by WKYC Channel 3’s Nicole Sellars to give some opinions about Sting’s new iPad app. http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/217663/45/Stings-new-app-takes-fans-on-digital-journey We talked about it for some time and not surprisingly the entire piece was just over a minute.  I figured I might take a few minutes to go into greater detail. The originally proposed […]

The Film Broke!
A strange thing happened last night at the movies. The film broke. I haven’t seen anything like it in so long that at first we all thought it was part of the movie – the pause of the film and then the burning of the frame until the screen was a pure white. I kept […]

Apple rejected my latest app!
I just got off the phone with Apple – they told me they were not going to approve my latest app. This isn’t the first that Apple has rejected an app – they once rejected a gag iPad app – they said it didn’t have enough function, which was probably true, so I let it […]

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