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Innovation as defined by 3D Mobile technology from HP Labs

Nadhan on ‎04-16-2013 11:48 AM

While on vacation, I briefly discussed innovation with my college-going niece, Kavita. She was simply fascinated by the glasses-free, portable 3D display technology discussed by Katherine Bourzac in the MIT Technology Review. What followed was a dialog on what innovation really means. I found her perspective interesting. Kavita just might represent the next generation of innovators. Because she specializes in commerce, her view of innovation isn’t tainted by the urge to have a scientific marvel be a defining characteristic.


We started with this baseline definition, which I refined, based on her reaction:


Definition One: Innovation is creativity applied

“Not enough,” said Kavita. “For example, creativity is something that I apply when I am drawing decorative patterns,” said this winner of multiple art competitions. “I can do this multiple times and be creative every time. Innovation is also defined by a whole new thought that no one has ever come up with before.”

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Definition Two: Innovation is creativity applied with differentiation

“It is not just about being different, even though innovations are likely to lead to changes in behavior,” said Kavita. “Innovation must impact our quality of life. It disrupts how we think and act.”


Definition Three: Innovation is creativity applied that disrupts our quality of life for the better

“Getting there, but still something missing,” quipped Kavita. “You cannot hire someone to innovate. Innovation happens because of your own passion.” She went on to say that there is no necessary structure to innovations, which are often accidental. So a 90-day project plan is not her idea of an innovation program. According to her, innovation must be the engine that keeps the enterprise humming continuously.


And thus, we landed up with a definition that best captured our thoughts so far:


Definition Four: Innovation is creativity applied with passion to disrupt our quality of life for the better


Kavita found the new Holographic 3D for mobile technology from HP Labs to be innovative by her own definition.



A team of scientists, led by HP’s David Fattal, have created a new kind of 3D display for small screens that is both glasses-free and has a very wide viewing angle. The research abstract reads: “None of the leading multi-view 3D solutions is particularly well suited to mobile devices (watches, mobile phones or tablets), which require the combination of a thin, portable form factor, a high spatial resolution and a wide full-parallax view zone (for short viewing distance from potentially steep angles) … Here we introduce a multi-directional, diffractive backlight technology that permits the rendering of high-resolution, full-parallax 3D images in a very wide view zone (up to 180 degrees in principle) at an observation distance of up to a meter.”


So, let’s relate that abstract with Kavita’s definition of innovation. What applications do you see for the 3D Mobile technology? Are they different? Are they totally new? Do they disrupt our lives for the better?


Better yet, what would the formula for innovation be from your perspective?


Also, what do you think of me reaching out to an undergraduate student of commerce to have a heart-to-heart discussion on this topic? Innovative? Please let me know. Meanwhile, let me check with Kavita.


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on ‎04-21-2013 11:27 PM

The cell phone screen 3D mobile technology discussed above is rather impressive. I enjoy seeing similar technology on cell phones but so far it has a long way to come. I am also interested in holograms especially for Internet communication (think Siri or Skype). That's my 2 cents. And of course you should reach out to the undergraduate student. Nice article! 



on ‎04-22-2013 01:16 AM

Agree, Jenelle.  Such advances in technology today will drive the innovation of Planet Earth by 2020.  Undergraduate students of today will define the  charter for the next generation of CIOs.


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on ‎05-10-2013 04:51 AM

very  Nice post.I enjoy seeing similar technology on cell phones.

on ‎10-03-2013 11:45 PM

Hp tecnology is very good tecnology its very brilient minds i like this hp company and i like this cell phone and its very company and its specifications are too good its like like all people and its very nice cell phone and have greats company and have a greats design in all cell phone i like this very much…

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