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The other day I had lunch at T1 Tapas, the restaurant affiliate of Charlotte-based T1 Visions, a runner-up of UNCC’s Five Ventures Competition earlier this year. The company uses the restaurant as a showcase for their display technology, which lives on a dining table in a booth and allows patrons to browse the menu, share images, listen to music, and watch TV, among other things.
In an era of the iPhone’s rich graphics and content, the simplified interface leaves a bit to be desired, but the display itself and its application in a restaurant are still pretty neat. You can spill a whole pitcher of iced tea on the glass surface and not feel too bad. Perhaps the next generation will look to ways that more strongly engage users with the technology, beyond the lounge atmosphere…I see extended applications with sports bars, kids birthdays, or scrapbooking parties.
Last Thursday, I attended a panel discussion over at UNC-Charlotte on biotechnology, which was part of WFAE’s Public Conversations Series. Although every city is claiming biotech as part of its growth strategy in the future, Charlotte included, no one seems to know what that really means. Although biotech got it’s start in agricultural science, it was exciting to hear how the possibilities are endless, with applications in bioinformatics, medical devices, pharma and clinical trials, energy, and manufacturing through material science; the last two are probably often overlooked by non-medical folks.
The panelists were:
- Marjorie Benbow – Director Charlotte office of NC Biotechnology Center
- Clyde Higgs – VP, Business Development, Castle & Cook, NC Research Campus in Kannapolis
- Kenny McDonald – EVP of Economic Develop for the Charlotte Research Partnership
- Dr. Robert Wilhelm – Assoc Provost, Exec director of Charlotte Research Institute at UNCC