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Profile: Patrick Griffis Leads Dolby’s Attempt to Redefine Video

New display technology aims to preserve realistic colors and contrasts

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Profile: Patrick Griffis Leads Dolby’s Attempt to Redefine Video
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It’s hard enough to come up with groundbreaking technology. But what happens when implementing that technology requires changes to an entire industry? That’s the challenge that Patrick Griffis faces at Dolby Laboratories, as a new system from the company aims to revamp how video is captured, processed, and displayed.

Called Dolby Vision and unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show this past January, the system is actually a suite of technologies that promises greater brightness, contrast, and color range. “It’s not just another knob on a TV,” says Griffis, who is Dolby’s executive director of technology strategy. “It’s a fundamental rethinking of the content creation, packaging, and delivery systems.”

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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