Some might recall the discussions a while back about patents and 360 degree technology. Some interesting followup here (registration free, but required, I believe)
-- Bobby G.
Sony Wins Bid for Ipix Camera Technology Patents
By Kim Hart Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, February 5, 2007; Page D01
When President Bush gave his 2003 State of the Union address, Ipix captured the room with a panoramic image for online viewers. Movie star Will Smith relied on similar 360-degree photos to go house-hunting in Philadelphia from his California living room. EBay used Ipix technology to display items sold online.
So when the struggling Reston company announced it was auctioning off the patents for its high-resolution camera technology after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in July, former chief executive Clara Conti wasn't surprised to receive more than 400 inquiries.
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"Somebody completely ran that company off the tracks," he said. "There was so much promise on the security side. Sony got the bargain of the century."[continues for two pages at site]