PTJ 154: DIY Pixar

Pixar Animation Studios not only makes great movies, it shares the love with its technology. Last spring, the company put out a free, non-commercial version of RenderMan, the same software it uses to the render animation and visual effects on its own films. This week, Pixar announced it was releasing its Universal Scene Description software as an open-source project by the summer of 2016. It’s the same software the pros use, so why is the company being so generous? Laura M. Holson drops by Pop Tech Jam HQ to discuss.

J.D. and El Kaiser also tear into the week’s tech headlines, including Google’s sudden corporate makeover, new plans from Verizon Wireless, Facebook’s new laugh study and the importance of eating your greens, even on an international space station.

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