Tao Group are no more!

Thanks to an anonymous comment, here is some very sad news from Tim Cole’s blog. Here’s what he says:

OK folks, it is with a heavy heart that I report this, but as of today, all Tao Group employees have had their employment contracts terminated. I have just got back from a staff meeting with the administrator. This means, too, that Tao Group is no more as a company. I cannot really say what happened, but you will likely be reading about it from other sources.

Why this has happened is mainly around issues to do with the continued funding of Tao. It is a sad day that employees who have worked hard for up to 17 years at Tao now find themselves in this unenviable position, especially seeing as everything was starting to go so well for Tao.

So, what is going to happen to the various Tao intent technologies, and in particular to miniMIXA (of special interest to me and Pete, as we are the developers of this)? I don’t know yet. If and when I can say something, I will.

Please keep a check on Intermorphic Ltd, a company that Pete and I are, as of today, now getting on with in earnest. Intermorphic is developing multimedia tools to aid creative activity. In the first instance these will include generative music engines and lyric generation tools. This may be a niche area, but we are going to have fun doing it!

I wish success to all former Tao employees in finding new employment quickly, and I am sure they will, as they are a hugely bright and talented bunch. It has been an enormous pleasure and honour working with them and Tao these last few years (well, since we sold SSEYO to Tao in 2002), and they built some amazing technology.

That is a real shame, for everyone involved, not least of which the employees at Tao, who are, as Tim says, in a very difficult position.


So, WWDC keynote is done and I have to say I feel a bit let down. The iPhone is effectively closed except for people who want to write widgets that run in Safari, and no mention of the much rumoured sub-notebook. A shame really. OSX Leopard looks nice, but not the great leap forward I was expecting.

Virtins Pocket Instrument 1.0

I have a bit of a soft spot for this kind of application, and this one in particular as it combines an oscilloscope, a real time spectrum analyzer and a signal generator, all of which can run simultaneously. That (in my opinion) is really quite cool!

This is what PocketGear says about it:

Virtins Pocket Instument is a powerful pocket PC based virtual instrument. It consists of a real time oscilloscope, a real time spectrum analyzer and a signal generator, which can run simultaneously. It features a specially designed data acquisition approach which is able to monitor the input signal continuously without missing any trigger event before a frame of data is collected. It supports sophisticated triggering method including pre-trigger and post-trigger. It features zooming and scrolling function and allocates most of the screen for data display, all of which are essential for you to explore the fine details of the measurement data. It provides a comprehensive range of functions including wave form addition, wave form subtraction, Lissajous Pattern display, Voltmeter, transient signal recording, RMS amplitude spectrum display, relative amplitude spectrum display, phase spectrum display, auto correlation coefficient display, cross correlation coefficient display, function generation, arbitrary waveform generation, white noise and pink noise generation and sweep signal generation, etc.

It is also available direct from the developer Virtins.

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