Steve Jobs’ contributions to technology are almost too numerous to count – and aside from Apple, nowhere are those contributions more recognized than at Pixar Animation Studios. Jobs purchase Pixar back in 1986 (then called The Graphics Group), and had a significant hand in Pixar’s animation technology. Back in November of last year, Pixar paid tribute to the late Apple co-founder by renaming their studio’s main building in his honor – and now, as noted by Pixar Times, the company has planted a tree in his honor as well.
Earlier this week, I was at Pixar to preview the studio’s upcoming films, Monsters University and The Blue Umbrella, and noticed that one tree stood alone on the grass near the studio’s main building, which was recently named The Steve Jobs Building. The tree’s solitary nature appeared to extend its beauty, as if a spotlight shined on its leaves and highlighted its importance.
Upon closer inspection, the plaque placed before it became clear. It reads:Dedicated With Love And Gratitude To
Steve Jobs is dearly missed by those he influenced – not the least of which is the Pixar Animation Studio, which he purchased in 1986 (then called The Graphics Group). Jobs had a significant hand in Pixar’s computer animation, and now the company has renamed the main building of their studio (which he helped to design) in his honor.
Steve Jobs is often associated with Apple, but many often forgot that the visionary played a large role in the creation of Pixar. He financed the work at the studio long before it became profitable, pouring millions of his own money into keeping Pixar afloat because he believed in the work of the employees. After his death last year, some wondered how the animation studio would honor him. In the end credits of Brave, there was a brief but touching tribute to Jobs. Now, the Jobs name has a more permanent home on Pixar’s campus – above the main entrance to the studio’s main building.
On Twitter, a Pixar employee shared an image taken by a friend, stating that the building had been named “The Steve Jobs Building.” Peering in through the windows, you can clearly see the outline of Sulley, confirming that this is the main building that Steve Jobs himself played a major role in designing. He came up with the idea that the building should be centered around a large atrium, which would lead to accidental collaboration that may not occur if everyone was stuck in their individual offices.
It’s a beautiful and fitting tribute worthy of Steve Jobs’ influence not only on Pixar, but the entire computer animation industry that the company helped ignite. Thank you, Steve – your influence in numerous industries will continue to be felt for decades to come.
Digital art collectors would certainly be ecstatic upon seeing the latest item being auctioned at eBay – a Pixar Image Computer.
For 25 grand, this eBay item certainly holds more historical value than its price – though we wouldn’t probably know the seller’s reason for putting it online. As per its description the item holds a unique tombstone design coupled with emblazoned Pixar logo in front. Along with the cube-like desktop, the winning bidder gets a CRT donning similar design. The seller, however, didn’t mention if the unit was still in good working condition – but with the absence of power cord we doubt if it can even boot up.
We were talking about its “high historical value” a while ago, right? So let’s get it on. The Pixar Image Computer was originally designed by Lucasfilm’ Computer division to function as a graphics designing computer. The late Steve Jobs bought the division which was later named “Pixar”, derived from a spanish word meaning “to make pictures”. Lucas’ Computer Division team built the hardware in order to produce images with higher resolution. Among its specifications include channel processors (“chaps”) that consist of 4-way parallel (RGBA) image computer, video processors, Off Screen Memory (OSM) and overlay board.
The Pixar Image Computer became commercially available to the public for high-end 3D Visualization tasks especially in the field of meterology, geophysics and medicine. If you’re wondering how much each unit was sold, it’s in the range of $ 30,000 to $ 135,000 (for its initial model).
Going back, the seller’s starting bid for this antique piece of hardware is at $ 15,000. Again, you can buy it immediately if you have $ 25,000. Good deal?
Cars 2, Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, Up and The Incredibles- what do they have in common? Disney Pixar, of course. But aside from their maker, these movies have also made a huge impact on people. Who remembers crying at the beginning of Up, during the death of Carl’s wife? Who remembers Toy Story and watching Andy grow up as his toys try to adapt? Wouldn’t you give anything to see them again? And who can ever forget the value of family the way The Incredibles taught us?
Well, Pixar isn’t letting them air in cinemas again, but they’re combining all these movies into one gaming package- Kinect Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure. That’s right, Pixar has clumped together five of their most famous movies to make a video game with Asobo Studio, the developer of other game adaptations of Pixar films.
With Kinect Rush, kids can create and control their own avatar through body movements, and choose among their favorite characters from these movies to team up with, solving puzzles and finding in-game secrets. That’s all publisher Microsoft would divulge about the game so far, but apparently Kinect Rush is part of a series of kid’s games dubbed Kinect, which is also under Microsoft’s wing. Aside from Rush, Kinect will also span shows like Sesame Street and Nat Geo, to name a few.
If you want to get your child this game, or maybe try it out yourself, Kinect Rush is going to be released solely for the Xbox 360 on March 12, 2012 for $ 49.99. See the announcement trailer below.