Gathering and Making History

Sometimes it’s possible to appreciate history in the making as it unfolds around you. The past couple years, Seattle has planted a flag for virtual reality, and this week we witnessed the community reaching out, welcoming an industry pioneer, and forming alliances. I’ve had many moments recently when I’ve savored the feeling that someday, when…

This Time With Feeling: Haptx

Seems like forever ago that I stuck my hand in a box at the Axon VR offices and felt a virtual ice cube resting on my hand. Now the company has changed its name to Haptx and they’re beginning to show the world what they’ve been working on–a haptic glove powered by something called microfluidic…

Mosaic, Muralize, and New vs. Old Media

Monday night, in HBO’s stylish offices downtown, Geekwire hosted a chat with Steven Soderbergh, the director of such movies as Traffic and Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and writer Ed Solomon, who were in town to promote a project called Mosaic. This filmed experience is a branching story that can be viewed via an app, but…

Drinking from the Intellectual Firehose

Last night I had the pleasure of participating in an extraordinary conversation with a group that included two women pioneering mixed reality at Microsoft, an expert in artificial intelligence, a filmmaker just back from a trip to Cuba, an Amazon art director, an author, an editor, and an internationally renowned exonoree who advocates for the…

Why Seattle City Hall Doesn’t Get Amazon

Pretty horrible week for now ex-Mayor Ed Murray, wouldn’t you say? A week ago, Murray’s office responded to news that Amazon is seeking to open a second headquarters in another North American city with a statement that read, in part, “My office will immediately begin conversations with Amazon around their needs with today’s announcement and…