A Brief History of Collings V-chip Invention
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V-Chip Technology Invented by Professor Tim Collings US Patent #5,828,204 and Canadian Patent #2,178,474 Collings’ First V-chip Prototype Developed The first prototype of Tim Collings’ v-chip technology (a single informational scheme blocking device) was developed and subsequently tested in 1991. Collings originally dubbed the technology ViewControl™ and this name was abbreviated to the more commonly known ‘v-chip’. (Because the elimination of excessive violence is one of the v-chip technology’s capabilities, the ‘V’ in v-chip is often assumed to mean violence). The name ViewControl™ was later changed to V.gis™. V.gis™ V-Chip is recognized Historic V-Chip Announcement U.S. President Bill Clinton shows V.gis™ V-Chip at Press Conference In 1996 V-Chip Begins in U.S. U.S. Vice-President Al Gore With Tim Collings (V.gis™ Inventor) at the white house for V-Chip Demonstration September 30, 1998 Award for V-Chip Tri-Vision CEO receives gold medal from Prince Philip for Contribution to technology and V-Chip St. James Palace, London England June 16, 2000 Collings’ V-chip Technology Supported by Canada & the US In 1993, the head of the Canadian Radio-Television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Mr. Keith Spicer, had been impressed by Tim Collings' v-chip technology (a single informational scheme blocking device) and met with top U.S. television network executives and producers to express Canadian concerns about televised violence. The response to his discussions about Collings’ new v-chip technology was favorable. At this time, U.S. television networks began to air parental advisories immediately before programs deemed to be violent. U. S. Senator Edward Markey “Tim Collings has had more to do with demonstrating the Vice President Al Gore power of the v-chip “I want to acknowledge the technology than any technology inventor of he v- person alive. And chip, Tim Collings. Thank you anyone who was very much for your fine work.” watching the v-chip debate unfold over the last three years now believes that Tim Collings deserves the thanks of parents everywhere”. Collings Invited by G-7 to Present His V-chip Technology By 1994, interest in Collings’ v-chip technology had spread to Europe. In June 1994, he was invited to demonstrate the v-chip technology, which he had created to the international conference on Violence on TV held at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1995, he was invited to demonstrate this v-chip technology at the G7 Summit & Technology Exposition in Brussels, Belgium where former US Vice President Al Gore first viewed the technology. In 1997, he was invited to present his v-chip technology now capable of handling multiple informational schemes to a follow-up G7 Summit on International Standards in Brussels, Belgium and contributed to proposals and discussions of rating systems formats and encoding means. Tri-Vision Awarded Global V.gis™ Rights On January 14, 1997, Collings awarded the exclusive, worldwide rights to his v-chip technology and inventions to Tri-Vision Electronics Inc. This major announcement was made at an international press conference in Toronto and covered by major national Canadian and U.S. television and radio networks. Collings’ V-chip Invention Commercialized Tri-Vision and Professor Collings worked together to develop the first commercial v-chip product, a Set-Top Decoder capable of handling multiple informational schemes and able to operate alongside existing television sets. Collings’ technology (V.gis™) was then unveiled at the Canadian Cable TV Convention in Edmonton, Alberta, and the U.S. Cable Convention in Nashville, Tennessee in 1997. Use of V.gis™ V-chip Technology by TV Manufacturers V.gis™ V-chip technology has been in consumer use since 1999. In North America millions of TV sets are using V.gis™ V-chip system. Major U. S., Japanese and Korean Television Manufacturers including Sharp, Sony, Sanyo, Hitachi, Ajinvision, Funai, Orion, Hansol, Pioneer, Philips, Panasonic, JVC, Eastech, Cosmo, LG, Apex and Samsung have licensed and are including V.gis™ V-chip technology in their TV sets. Media Coverage of Tim Collings & His V-chip Invention Professor Collings and his v-chip have been the subject of extensive media coverage between 1989 and present in hundreds if not thousands of newspaper, radio and television interviews involving the Globe & Mail, the Financial Post, CBC, CTV in Canada and in the United states, Time Magazine, Larry King Live, the L.A. Times, USA Today, US News and World Report, news stations CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, the New York Post, and the Wall Street Journal. He has also received significant coverage in Europe and Asia. Prof. Tim Collings Professional Background & Experience Son and Grandson of civil engineers and fresh from a brief stint in semi-pro hockey in Europe in 1983, Collings enrolled in Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He won the Descartes Scholarship at Waterloo as well as awards for top marks in Math and Physics and was voted Valedictorian by his classmates. Collings graduated first in his class from Waterloo with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering. In 1986, he completed his Masters in Applied Science while working for SAF Drive Systems in Stratford, Ontario. In 1989 he accepted a position at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia where he invented the v-chip. In 1996 Tim Collings joins Tri-Vision as Director and Chair, Research Committee In the same year, Tim Collings wins one of Canada’s most significant awards for innovation, the Principle Manning Award - for his V-Chip innovations. And Tim Collings was bestowed the Gold Medal by The Science Council of British Columbia as “Younger Inventor of 1996” in British Columbia’s premier science awards.