A new chapter for Condition OneJune 13, 2012
The last few years have been a journey, from the dust of Afghanistan to the red carpet of the Academy Awards. My work is now evolving into a new phase: building a technology company. I feel privileged to be working with an incredible team of graphics engineers and designers. Our R&D efforts are producing incredible new video technologies that will soon go live in the world.
We’ve started pilot programs with a select group of companies in a wide variety of verticals. We’re working with great companies that include Discovery Communications, Mercedes, XL Recordings, The Guardian and Popular Science, all of whom are using Condition One technology to create powerful immersive experiences for their audiences and customers.
Popular Science, one of the partners in our pilot program, has just released an iPad app using Condition One technology. The app is an immersive video tour of the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. You can download the iPad app here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/popular-science-atlas-immersive/id529337326?mt=8
We’ve been fortunate to have the support of Mark Cuban as a fellow entrepreneur, friend and investor. He has invested $500k for our seed round. As the pioneer of HD broadcasting, Mark is a true visionary who understands the space we’re in and what it takes to introduce a new concept to a traditional market. He has helped to show us how we can push ourselves farther than we thought and identify opportunities that we once thought would be out of reach.
Mark’s support has allowed us to hire top tier talent including our CTO Julian Gomez. Julian is a 3D graphics engineer pioneer with over three decades of experience. Gómez started his career at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, then worked as a senior engineer and scientist at Apple, Google, Macromedia, Sun Microsystems and co-founded several technology startups. At Apple, he was a member of the original QuickDraw 3D development team which paved the way for OpenGL – today’s standard in 3D graphics. Gómez earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1985.
Our company is young, but this year and particularly our time within the TechStars program we’ve reached significant milestones. My work has been an evolution from still images to video and now into immersive experiences. Yet, I’m still motivated by the same idea: that the future of storytelling will be driven by technology and that visual communication can create a better understanding of one another.
Mark spoke about his investment in Condition One on a C1 video available on our showcase iPad app (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/condition-one/id440571303?mt=8). His words are transcribed below:
“Hi, my name is Mark Cuban and I’m here to announce to TechStars my investment in Condition One. Why? You know, everyone talks about the excitement of looking at video from multiple TV cameras and angles – that’s so 2012. Condition One creates an alternative viewpoint, a panoramic unique experience in viewing video, one that is going to be the future of both on-demand and live entertainment, in your home and on your mobile device. Stay tuned, the best is yet to come!” – Mark Cuban