David Reisner has solved the most difficult problems in entertainment, technology, and other fields for 25 years. He helped define digital cinema and the transition from film to digital. He works above-the-line, advising producers and directors, and below-the-line with cinematographers and post-production. He has designed new kinds of computers and consumer products, including early technical and business plans for internet-based music and movie distribution, biological fingerprinting, and killer whale training.
Killer Whale Training
Developed SWACS, the Sea World Audio Cueing System, to train killer whales for shows at the Sea World marine parks. SWACS uses computer-generated sound projected underwater in a synthetic pseudo-language. Sea World
Sound Noise and Vibration
Technical lead for development of SDRC Sound Quality – a sound, noise, and vibration system that was used at 1/3 of the world’s major auto manufacturers and many other industrial and consumer products companies. SDRC
Matching algorithm development and testing for a biological fingerprinting system based on the autoimmune antibody antigen profile. The system was used by the US military during Desert Storm, but for law enforcement and general use was obviated by DNA-based techniques using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) replication.
Microdisection and Chromatography
A small amount of work doing microdisection of hair follicles and preparing materials and assisting wtih thin-layer chromatographic analysis. UCLA Medial School
Consumer Electronics and Services
First Popular Hand-held Video Jukebox
Initial approach, engineering evaluation, and design. Creative NOMAD
Computer – Hardware and Systems
First Moderately-Priced, Professional Digital Audio Workstation
Software architect, hardware advisor. Hybrid Arts ADAP-II
Workstation-based Video Conferencing
Sun Microsystems Laboratories
First Handheld Programmable Portable Computer
Software designer, hardware advisor. This ruggedized portable computer used the first 2 line x 16 character LCD display ever brought into the US. Azurdata
Early VLIW (Very Long Instruction Word) Processor and Multi-transaction Asynchronous Buss
Early digital synthesizer. Architecture. MSI and nMOS design. Independent study at UCSD.
Computer – Software
Data and Audio Storage - DDS-3 Tape System and Drive Design
Storage Subsystem - SGI Indigo-2
Software to support multichannel audio and sequential data recording and analysis. Used by 1/3 of the world's major auto manufacturers, Harley Davidson, Bell-Huey helicopter, major consumer products companies. Synthesis
Highly Portable Source-level Debugger for Ada
Wrote boot ROM, debugger, and chip-layout aware memory tester for early 68000 development board. Renaissance Systems
UCSD Pascal Project
12th member of the UCSD Pascal Project. Responsible for LSI-11 and PDP-11 interpreters after 1.3. Wrote native code generator for TI990. Wrote first Motorola 68000 disassembler (before chip was released).
James Gosling has written that the Java bytcode virtual machine was based on UCSD Pascal’s p-code.
Sony Oxford Console
Responsible for software that allowed Oxford console automations to be saved and shared. Also allowed 3rd party editing applications. Sony Professional Systems, Japan
Digital Signal Processor
Quintprocessor. Ariel and NeXT
Trained an audiophile manufacturer on successfully designing systems with digital and low-level audio circuitry in the same box, for their first CD player. Counterpoint
Dubbing Stage Automation
In 1981, designed a system to computer-control all major recording and mixing function in Universal’s main dubbing stage. Volition Systems
Currently researching ways high dynamic range imaging techniques and processing can support analysis of rocket booster behaviour.
As an associate member of the Space Dermatology Foundation, participated in space medicine meetings at Kennedy, Johnson, and Ames. Topics included liquid pressure and transport, healing, monitoring bone length changes with extended weightlessness.
As a guest of Sam Beddingfield, attended both the launch and landing of STS-34 – the Atlantis mission that launched Galileo. Have also attended two additional shuttle landings.
On of a small number of guests invited to the launch of the SETI HRMS (High Resolution Microwave Survey) at Goldstone.
Guest at JPL for two Mars mission landings or first transmissions.
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