Saturday, August 12, 2017

Overview of Hologram Technology

For you 'technophiles', the following is a high level introduction on the current status and planned use of holographic technologies by industry as of 2017.

Holography is the science and practice of making holograms which are 2D or 3D images formed by the interference of light beams from a laser or other coherent light source. Types of holograms include:
  • 2D Hologram - an image in the two dimensions of length and breadth.
  • 3D Hologram - an image which has the three dimensions of length, breadth and depth
  • Stereogram - a hologram produced by recording many individual frames of a sequence of images to provide an animated picture.

Examples of Hologram Functional Applications

Holographic technologies are now being used in a various ways by industry. For example, they are being used in authentication documents, for packaging and promotional design purposes, in stationery, in-store displays and d├ęcor, and in many other industrial applications such as instrument display, lighting, architectural and interior design, medical imaging, 3D visualization, mapping… The following are a selection of recent articles on holographic technology in the marketplace:

  • Engineers made a new hologram that's cheap and way easier for everyone to use - 2-D holograms are already being used on some foreign money, credit cards and official documents such as driver’s licenses. Researchers from the University of Utah have now developed an inexpensive way to create lower cost, full-color 2D and 3D holograms, so expect the use of holograms by businesses to increase.
  • A better way to make holograms for use in Art Museums - Holography uses include projecting 3D art displays in museums, enabling measurements to be made with great precision using a technique called holographic interferometry, and accurately assessing the three dimensions of packages for shipping companies.
  • Holographic Augmented Reality Medical System - RealView’s HOLOSCOPE-i™ powered by Intel RealSense™ technology has been ergonomically designed for use in clinical environments such as interventional cardiology suites, being the first commercial system allowing clinicians a true holographic experience, with full and direct control of the 3D images in real-time during the procedure.
  • Global Outlook for Medical Holography Market Analysis thru 2026 - Medical holography systems provide an advanced diagnostic methodology to the doctors. Some of the key players engaged in the growing medical holography market include Eon Reality Inc., EchoPixel, Inc., Zebra Imaging, General Electric, Microsoft, RealView Imaging, Holographic 3d solutions…
  • Global 3D Hologram Projector Market 2017 This report highlights some of the leading manufacturers in the Global 3D Hologram Projector Market 2017. They include: Hereholocube, Christie Digital Systems, Panasonic, 360BrandVision, Hologram Generator, Paradigm, Three D Holograms, SPIX, Virtual On, and Musion 3D.

Examples of Hologram Technologies & Tools

The number of available holographic technologies and tools are now proliferating much more rapidly as many of these software tools have now been released to the global ‘open source’ development community. The following are a selection of recent articles on some of these new holographic technologies:

The marketplace for use of holographic technology is heating up, especially now that many of the tools have been released to the innovative ‘open source’ global community. This will result in an explosion of new ideas, software enhancements, and business applications. So keep your eye on this very fertile area for future growth! It will enter the mainstream over the next 5-10 years. Especially in the 'Arts & Entertainment' industry. Your best source of information on the holography industry and marketplace is the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA).

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lake Marion Artisan's Members Update - August 2017

 Lake Marion Artisan's Membership  Drive Begins

Over the past year, we have had people ask us to make changes to our Membership requirements. Some of you wanted to be involved but could not manage a Primary Membership because you are employed full time or have limited free time to work at the Gallery or attend all functions.  We listened, and now offer the following levels of membership:

Primary Membership
Agrees to help maintain Gallery hours as needed each month, to serve on at least one committee and may display and sell own creations with donation for services to Gallery of 20% of sales.              Individual - $30   Family - $50

Student Membership
May exhibit and sell work if student assists in the Gallery. Is not required to sit, attend meetings or serve on a committee.       Student - $15
Patron Member
Silver Patron - Makes an annual donation of $50 or more. Wants to support the arts in the community.  Does not display or sell creations.
Gold Patron – Makes an annual donation of $100 or more. Is not required to maintain Gallery hours, but may exhibit and sell creations.

Honorary Member
Has promoted the Guild or art in the community in an exemplary manner, is invited to be an Honorary member and accepted. Exempt from annual membership dues and participates as desired at the Primary Membership Level.

The Membership Application Form is available at the Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown Summerton, SC. Come join the fun!

Our Summerton Health Fair Was Very Successful!

Our very first Summerton Health Fair was successful beyond what we even hoped for. We had over 100 adults and children who attended the event. Over 20 organizations, with 40 exhibitors attending, gave out health information and services. Wal-Mart Vision Center gave free vision screening, Hope Health provided free screenings for blood pressure, diabetes and BMI. They also provided cholesterol testing for $5. Because of the wonderful donors below, we were able to provide that test for free to attendees who wanted screening. Please thank them by supporting their businesses when possible.
  • Short Trip Convenience Stores Corporate Office
  • Bank of Clarendon
  • First Citizens Bank of Summerton
  • Agape Hospice
  • Clarendon Women’s Shelter
  • Several Private Individuals
 We would also like to thank the Women’s Organization from St. Mathias Episcopal Church, who provided us with muffins to give to the folks who fasted before the cholesterol test, and Clarendon One School District for providing us with the function space and for lunches for the exhibitors. We were overwhelmed with the generosity and participation from members of this community.

Don’t Forget Our Book Exchange

We have lots of titles, with fiction and non-fiction represented. We also have a lot of cookbooks. So come by the Art Gallery, pick up a book, read it at your leisure and then bring it back so someone else can read it. We really appreciate those who have donated books. However, we could really use some children and young adult titles.

Check Us Out Online!

A year ago, our only means of communicating quickly with interested patrons was our Facebook page, found here: Gallery Facebook page link. Now, thanks to Peter Groen, one of our members, tech guru, and all around promotions expert, we also have:
This wonderful technology helps us to stay in touch with fellow artists and art lovers.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Summerton SC Health Fair: Community Strives for Better Health

Summerton, SC, was abuzz Saturday morning as approximately 150 local residents attended the Summerton Health Fair in the Clarendon One Community Resource Center on Fourth Street. More than 20 organizations participated in the event sponsored by the Lake Marion Artisans Art Gallery by providing free screenings, services and information to anyone interested in health and well being.

The brainchild of two gallery members, Nancy Foster and Marlise Guillerault, the Summerton Health Fair was a service that Summerton needed. Both organizers said they’d been wanting to coordinate a health fair for some time. Guillerault said it was relatively easy to procure support from the community for the event when she explained the reasons. 
Foster said, “We were overwhelmed by the people and organizations who called to participate or to donate.” Among the numerous financial supporters are First Citizens Bank in Summerton, Bank of Clarendon, Agape Hospice, Short Trip Convenience Stores, Goat Island Restaurant and so many others.

Various businesses, organizations and individuals not only provided financial support, they also provided support by setting up booths, providing literature and information, giving away promotional materials and screening local attendees for things like vision, diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol. Participants included Hope Health, the American Red Cross, Clarendon County Fire Department, Clarendon Women’s Shelter, Clemson Extension, McLeod Clarendon Hospital, Walmart Vision Center and Summerton Primary Care, Short Trip Convenience Stores - amongst nearly 20 others.

Kathleen Gibson, site coordinator for the Clarendon One Community Resource Center, was instrumental in procuring the facility and all sorts of additional assistance for the event. Gibson said, “People were extremely receptive and eager to participate.”

As attendees stood in lines to get screened or to garner information and products, Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart looked about the venue and said that this event was extremely important for all the citizens of Summerton—especially because of the poverty in the area and the difficulty of transportation for some residents. Stewart said, “Two health issues that particularly affect this and other areas like Summerton are blood pressure and diabetes.” He said he was pleased to see free screenings provided at the health fair for those medical concerns.

Hope Health was a major player at Saturday’s event by providing free blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol screenings. Diane Davis, Community Outreach Coordinator for Hope Health, said, “I’ve been doing this for over 4 years, and this is one of the busiest health fairs I’ve seen.” At that point in the morning, she said Hope Health had completed over 60 screenings.

Many people found the event convenient because of their busy lives and jobs and were able to attend because it was planned for a Saturday instead of a weekday. Susie Murry said she was pleased that she could get her blood pressure checked. Ella Johnson said, “I enjoyed the health fair, and the fire safety information was helpful.” Pleased that she could get cholesterol and diabetes screenings, Ann Robinson said, “I’m looking forward to next year’s event.”

After the screenings many attendees enjoyed the free snacks, fruit and bottled water available, thanks to the donations of supporters. St. Matthias Church even baked homemade muffins for the event. In addition to providing the venue, Clarendon District One Schools provided lunch from Subway for the organizations providing the free services for the health fair. 

Written and submitted by VickiWilkerson
Local Summerton-based author of The Summerbrook Series of Southern Novels.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Clarendon County, SC, Historical Employment Data From 2009-2017

In late 2008, the US economy began to crash and the ‘Great Recession’ began. The following are historical data on employment and unemployment figures for Clarendon County, South Carolina from 2009-2017. SC Governor Nikki Haley played a key role in fostering job creation across the state during this difficult period. The trend has continued under Governor McMaster. Statewide data is available at SC Works Online.

Unemployment Rate

The economy and job market in Clarendon County and across the state of South Carolina is looking good. The state’s unemployment rate recently dropped to 4%. Clarendon County's unemployment rate is now down below 5%. It is hoped that the trend will continue to improve over the coming years under our new President.

It’s time to take a big breath and be thankful to everyone in the public and private sectors who have helped guide us through the Great Recession. Now let’s look ahead to a brighter future.

Clarendon School District 1 - Back to School News

Clarendon SC School District 1 schools will hold registration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, July 31-Aug. 4, 2017.  The first day of school for Clarendon School Districts 1, 2 and 3 is Thursday, August 17, 2017.

Required documents for registration are a Social Security card, birth certificate, immunization record and proof of residence. The following documents will be available for parents to complete during the registration process: student information form; lunch application form; Internet usage form; student health information form; Summerton Smiles Clinic parent permission form; and sign-up for school volunteers/Parent Teacher Organization.