From patterns to personality: how creativity helps you find your own unique voice

PhotoSparks is a weekly feature from YourStory, with photographs that celebrate the spirit of creativity and innovation. In the earlier 335 posts, we featured an art festival, cartoon gallery. world music festivaltelecom expomillets fair, climate change expo, wildlife conference, startup festival, Diwali rangoli, and jazz festival.

As explained in books like The Creative Curve and Creative Confidence, the value of creativity is at a premium in a globalised, digitally connected world, where change and disruption are the new normal. It’s not just the number of ideas you have, but their quality, originality and customer or community value that are important.

Creativity can be cultivated by keenly observing patterns and connections in the world around us, engaging with audiences, and iterating ideas and prototypes. Engaging with the field and getting regular feedback helps build creative confidence and overcome fears about risk and mistakes.

In a chat with YourStory, insights on such creative patterns were shared by Satish Pujari,

Senior 3D Animator, Technicolor. Satish is also an artist, and his works are being showcased at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat in Bengaluru. He graduated from Vijay Mahantesh Lalitakala Mahavidyalay in Hubballi, and was also team lead at Tata Elxsi’s Visual Computing Lab.

In this photo essay, we feature some of Satish’s works, along with samples of the other exhibiting artists: Sanjay Chapolkar, Nilanjan Guha, Vidhu Pillai, Ravindra Mahale, Nagabhushan, Satish Biradar, Vittal Kulkarni, H Sheshechala, and Ram Mohan.

Satish has been in the animation field for over 15 years, but has also created a range of unique paintings that feature bonsai trees. As shown in this photo essay, some of the bonsai trees also seem to have elements of animals, birds and human characters – such as eagles, peacocks, snails, and even a pregnant woman.

“Making a connection between patterns and finishing a work of art is itself an act of success,” Satish explains. He also sees success for himself as an artist in making a deep connect with audiences.

His art works are priced in the range Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000. “If someone shows an obvious liking to my painting but says he is unable to pay the full price, I don’t mind giving a discount. What matters is seeing that the art work gives him happiness,” Satish says, though he jokes that other artists may not see things his way.

The message he wishes to convey through his art is respect for nature, both plant and animal life – hence the duality of both forms in his works. “Imagine if all Indian citizens had to plant a tree in order to get an Aadhar card, and if the government then gave you benefits for planting the tree – how green India would be,” Satish explains philosophically.

He also offers advice for aspiring artists. “Observe the style of other artists, but don’t imitate them. Learn from them but don’t copy them – focus instead on developing your own unique style, based on your technique and the connections and meaning you see in the world,” he explains.

“Develop your own talent. Don’t constrain your creativity,” Satish signs off.

Now, what have you done today to pause in your busy schedule and see how to build impactful connections with the shifting trends around you?

Satish Pujari

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Xiaomi Mi TV 4S With 55-inch 4K HDR Display, AI Voice Remote Launched

Xiaomi Mi TV 4S With 55-inch 4K HDR Display, AI Voice Remote Launched

Mi TV 4S 55-inch is the latest Xiaomi smart TV, and comes with features similar to the 40-inch Mi TV 4A

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi Mi TV 4S launched in China priced at CNY 2,999
  • The device supports both DTS and Dolby Audio
  • It is powered by Amlogic Cortex-A53 processor with 2GB of RAM

Xiaomi Mi TV 4S is the company’s newest Mi TV series of smart TVs in its home market. Xiaomi has launched the 55-inch Mi TV 4S in China, and the 4K TV comes with an HDR display, PatchWall, Dolby audio, and other features. Earlier this month, the manufacturer had announced another 40-inch Mi TV 4A in the country, but the new TV comes with additional features and a larger screen. The 55-inch Mi TV 4S is priced at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 31,100) in China. Pre-orders for this TV are already open on the company’s website, but the device will go on sale on April 3. The is no clarity on whether Xiaomi will launch this TV in other markets, including India.

When it comes to specifications, the MI TV 4S sports a 55-inch (3840×2160 pixels) 4K display. It has direct type backlight, 178-degree viewing angle, refresh rate of 60Hz, and 8ms dynamic response. The smart TV is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Amlogic Cortex-A53 processor with clock speed of up to 1.5GHz, coupled with 2GB of RAM. It also comes with 750MHz Mali 450 GPU and has an inbuilt storage of 8GB. Connectivity options in the new TV include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 + LE, USB port, HDMI port, AV port, analogue signal DTMB, and Ethernet. It has two 8W speakers with Dolby and DTS enhancements.

Other features in the new Mi TV 4S 55-inch TV includes voice control support that lets buyers use the remote with inbuilt mic to give commands such as “shut down after 20 minutes,” or “fast forward to 54 minutes and 21 seconds” to control certain functions without pressing any buttons. It is based on the Android-Based Patchwall UI that the company is known to use in its other TVs.

Additionally, there are two 8W stereo speakers included on the 55-inch Xiaomi Mi TV 4S and the device supports both DTS and Dolby Audio. In terms of dimensions, the TV measures 123.6×77.6×71.6cm and weighs 13.4 kg without the base weight.

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ony Unveils Smartwatches with Voice Command, Android Functionality

Sony is offering two new smartwatches. The SmartWatch 3 is the company’s first wearable device using the Android Wear operating system. The company says it’s working in close collaboration with Google to develop this latest generation smartwatch.

SmartWatch 3 will sync with any smartphone that’s running Android 4.3 or later. Sony says that the smartwatch is optimized for those devices, specifically. The SmartWatch 3 will send notifications of incoming calls, messages, and alerts.

The device has a 1.6-inch transflective display. The viewing area on the display measures 320 pixels square. Inside, the SmartWatch 3 has a Quad ARM A7, 1.2 Ghz processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of eMMC memory. This is to run apps specifically designed for Android Wear.

Sony says that SmartWatch 3 responds best to voice commands, though you can interact with the touchscreen or use gestures, too. The company says that voice commands can open apps or even send texts or other messages to contacts.

This device also features Bluetooth, NFC, and microUSB and weighs 45 grams.

SmartBand Talk

Sony’s other wearable offering doesn’t run Android Wear. In fact, SmartBand Talk only has a primitive-looking e-paper display. But this device does allow you to make or receive calls through a Bluetooth connection with your smartphone.

SmartBand Talk will work with smartphones running Android 4.4 and later. Those smartphones must also support Bluetooth 4 Low Energy.

The e-paper display on the SmartBand Talk is just 1.4 inches and the watch, compared to SmartWatch 3, is considerably more slender. It’s less than 24-millimeters wide, according to Sony.

Despite those dimensions, it’s not short on functionality. In addition to its call capabilities, it receives voice commands that can operate your smartphone when it’s out of reach.

Lifelog

But here’s another feature busy users may find very helpful when organizing their lives. SmartBand Talk can also track your movement with an accelerometer and altimeter built-in to the device. These movements are then recorded in a Lifelog app, which helps you set and meet fitness goals and monitor your other physical activity.

Those tracking features are also present on the SmartWatch 3.

Kunimasa Suzuki, president and CEO of Sony Mobile Communications, says in a statement included with the official Sony release on the new products:

“Life is a journey, and journeys are made up of stories and experiences that define you – this is the underlying principle for Lifelog, the Android app at the heart of our SmartWear Experience. We’re going beyond mere fitness tracking and number crunching, to help you log and preserve those emotional moments that matter.”

Image: Sony Mobile

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Features Camera, Voice Function

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Small Business owners and entrepreneurs on the go already look for mobile devices to make their lives easier.

But in addition to smartphones and tablets, there’s a new gadget in town: the smartwatch.  The watch allows users to check updates “hands free” without even touching your phone.   Samsung has introduced its version of the smartwatch, called the Galaxy Gear.

Galaxy Gear Introduced as Companion to Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch introduced last week at an unboxing event in Berlin is the next step for these devices.

The new smartwatch was unveiled along with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, a next generation of the company’s so-called “phablet” device (larger than a standard phone, with features like a tablet).

The watch is expected to work as a companion to the phone-tablet hybrid. A 1.63-inch display allows you to check updates from your phone at a glance to your wrist, and use about 70 pre-loaded apps, mostly with gesture commands.

But what may be the best features allow you to initiate a phone call from the watch or take video or photos from a wristband camera both in conjunction with your mobile device.

Make Calls or Take Video

Using the watch’s S Voice feature activated by double-clicking a button on the side of the display lets you make a call or dictate a text message to your mobile device hands free.

The 1.9-megapixel camera on the wristband can take photos or short videos that can be stored temporarily with about 4 GB of storage on the watch or sent directly to your mobile device.

It’s not clear how wide the appeal will be for smartwatches.  As one commenter here at Small Business Trends predicted on an earlier article about smartwatches, it may be that the only people who are interested in smartwatches are the same people who bought a calculator watch a few decades ago when those were hot.  Time will tell.

Image: Samsung

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