From changing the way we watch video online, with the development of QuickTime; to creating the first consumer Internet device by developing WebTV (later purchased by Microsoft), and pioneering the facial motion capture technology, MOVA Contour, that made Brad Pitt believable both 10 years younger and 50 years older in Academy Award-winning “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Steve is the master of innovating for a digital, playful future.
Steve’s latest game-changer is OnLive. Launched in 2009 after seven years of intense stealth development, OnLive has done what many believed impossible, and in the process, has redefined the video gaming industry. The same was said about the technical feats and the facial motion capture in “Benjamin Button”, and indeed, the lack of photoreal facial animation before the advent of MOVA Contour is the main reason the film took so long (over a decade) before it could be attempted.
In both cases breakthrough technology was needed to achieve a breakthrough vision. Steve not only has the depth of vision to conceive of such a future, but the technological expertise to achieve the breakthroughs to realize that vision, shifting our preconceived notions of what’s possible along the way.
About the Speaker:
Steve Perlman is the founder, president & CEO of OnLive and an entrepreneur and inventor devoted to pioneering Internet, entertainment, multimedia, consumer electronics and communications technologies and services. Best known for the development of QuickTime, WebTV and Mova Contour facial capture technologies, he has over 30 years of technology development experience, over 20 years of start-up experience and a track record of bringing media-rich products and services quickly to market. In addition to having founded and operated multiple startup companies, Steve has been a Microsoft division president and a principal scientist at Apple Computer.
Steve’s technology work is built into all iPhones, video iPods, Macs and most PCs, and has been deployed by DirecTV, Dish, Comcast, Time Warner, Charter and Adelphia cable TV and satellite TV networks. Consumer products incorporating Steve’s work have also been retailed by Sony, Philips, RCA, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, Samsung, Fujitsu, Motorola, Scientific Atlanta, Sega and Nintendo.
Steve’s recently patented facial motion capture technology, Mova Contour, was used for the production of the Academy Award-winning photoreal computer-generated face of Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008), and of Edward Norton and Tim Roth in “The Incredible Hulk” (2008).
Steve holds over 100 US patents, and has more than 100 additional patents pending.