The Success of Amazon's New 3-D Tech Hinges on 1 Factor

Amazon's new 3-D tech, called Dynamic Perspective, needs to win over this key group of people to succeed.

Jun 20, 2014 at 5:40PM

Perhaps the most intriguing feature of's (NASDAQ:AMZN) new Fire smartphone is its "Dynamic Perspective" technology.


Amazon Dynamic Perspective enables a new class of immersive apps, Credit: Amazon

After all, Dynamic Perspective is what enables not only the Fire's mesmerizing 3-D effects, but also its slick new one-handed gesture interface features.

What's more, Amazon plowed loads of resources into perfecting Dynamic Perspective, including years of work to create a custom sensor package comprised of four front-facing specialized cameras, four infrared LEDs, complicated real-time computer vision algorithms, and a new graphics rendering engine.

But according to the Fool's Steve Symington in the following video, all this effort could be for naught if Amazon can't win over one key group of people: application developers.

To be sure, Steve notes that Amazon appears to be off to a strong start, with this being an Android-based device and with dozens of big-name Dynamic Perspective apps already set to be available in time for Fire's July 25 launch. At the same time, however, Amazon has plenty of work to do in convincing many smaller developers that customizing their apps for use with Dynamic Perspective is worth their time and resources.

To hear Steve's full take on why software developers are key to Dynamic Perspective's long-term success, please watch the full video.

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A Financial Plan on an Index Card

Keeping it simple.

Aug 7, 2015 at 11:26AM

Two years ago, University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack wrote his entire financial plan on an index card.

It blew up. People loved the idea. Financial advice is often intentionally complicated. Obscurity lets advisors charge higher fees. But the most important parts are painfully simple. Here's how Pollack put it:

The card came out of chat I had regarding what I view as the financial industry's basic dilemma: The best investment advice fits on an index card. A commenter asked for the actual index card. Although I was originally speaking in metaphor, I grabbed a pen and one of my daughter's note cards, scribbled this out in maybe three minutes, snapped a picture with my iPhone, and the rest was history.

More advisors and investors caught onto the idea and started writing their own financial plans on a single index card.

I love the exercise, because it makes you think about what's important and forces you to be succinct.

So, here's my index-card financial plan:


Everything else is details. 

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