Alfred Poor is an independent technology industry analyst, freelance writer, and professional speaker based in Pennsylvania, specializing in wearable and display technologies. He brings to his work strong communication skills, a broad background covering a wide range of technologies, more than 35 years of experience with the technology markets, and the ability to make complex concepts accessible to non-technical people, especially business professionals.
Education: B.A. Harvard College, 1973: Biology
Ph.D. Union Graduate School, 1982: School/Community Relations
Contributing Editor with Information Display magazine (the publication of the Society for Information Display) 1999-2006 and 20011-present
Technology Editor and columnist with ECN: Electronic Component News, June 2008-October 2009
Contributing Editor with PC Magazine 1989-2005, Frequent Contributor 1984-1989, Lead Analyst for Business Displays 2004-2005
Author of “Alfred Poor’s Computer Cures” question-and-answer column in Computer Shopper 1994-2007
Author of the “Help” section in Family PC, 1996-1999
Articles also published in PC Week, PC Sources, Windows Sources, PC World, and Computer Life.
Editor and author of “Health Tech Insider” www.healthtechinsider.com – June 2014 to present
Author of “HDTV Almanac” — http://hdtvprofessor.com/HDTVAlmanac — 2005 to 2013
Columnist: “Green Horizon” for Hewlett Packard “Input Output”, 2011-2012
Columnist: “Weekly Feature” for Verizon “Room to Learn”, 2010-2011
Columnist: “The Goof Proof Gadget Guide” for Science and Technology Section, FOX News Online, November 2009-March 2010
Contributing Editor, Ziff Davis Media’s “Extreme Tech” site 2000-2005
Columnist on mobile technology, ZDNet, 2001
7 Success Secrets That Every College Student Needs to Know; Desktop Wings, Inc., 2012
Power Marketing for Small Business; Desktop Wings, Inc., 2010
Professor Poor’s Guide to Buying HDTV, Second Edition; Desktop Wings Inc., 2007
Professor Poor’s Guide to Buying HDTV, Desktop Wings Inc., 2006
Troubleshooting Your PC, with M. David Stone, Microsoft Press, 2000, two editions
Alfred Poor’s Cross Country, (for Microsoft Flight Simulator), Desktop Wings, Inc., 1996
The Underground Guide to Troubleshooting PC Hardware, Addison Wesley, 1996
Word for Windows Companion, with M. David Stone, Microsoft Press, three editions
New Life for Old PCs, Business One Irwin, 1991
The Data Exchange, Dow Jones-Irwin, 1990 (Runner-up for Computer
Press Association award)
The Hewlett Packard LaserJet Printer Handbook, Dow Jones-Irwin, 1989
Relevant Work Experience:
2019: Speaker at The Digital Health Summit, CES 2019, Las Vegas, Nevada
2018: Speaker at The Digital Health Summit, CES 2018, Las Vegas, Nevada
2017: Keynote speaker and Honorary Program Chair for The Digital Health Show, Melbourne, Australia
2017: Speaker at The Digital Health Summit, CES 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada
2016: Moderated panel for CTA on FDA regulation of medical devices, including software
2015: Developed technical performance specifications and conducted performance testing of flat panel monitors for the Ministry of Finance of State of Israel’s competitive bid program
2013: Technology analyst and on-camera talent for Wall Street Journal marketing project about IGZO displays, sponsored by Sharp
2013: Principle analyst in a market research and strategy project for a major display manufacturer regarding plans for marketing high-end professional displays in the U.S.
2013: Author of industry analysis of ultra-thin glass market and potential applications for private client
2013: Developed technical performance specifications and conducted performance testing of flat panel monitors for the Ministry of Finance of State of Israel’s competitive bid program
2012: Contributed chapter on medical displays to “Handbook of Visual Display Technology”, published by Springer-Verlag in collaboration with Canopus Academic Publishing as part of the “Springer Major Reference Work” series
2012: Expert witness for a display industry lawsuit related to plasma televisions; provided historical analysis of the market and of the discovery materials
2012: Author of updated industry analysis report on new user interfaces to access content on televisions for GigaOM Pro
2011: Author of industry analysis report on new user interfaces to access content on televisions for GigaOM Pro
2010: Author of industry analysis report on consumer visual communications and video chat for GigaOM Pro
2001-2010: Co-host of the Personal Computer Show, WBAI, New York — a weekly radio program covering technology topics
2008-2009: Expert witness for a display industry lawsuit related to plasma televisions; provided historical analysis of the market and of the discovery materials
2009: Author of industry analysis report on OLED materials for Nanomarkets
2009: Author of industry analysis report on 3DTV for GigaOM Pro
2009: Author of industry analysis report on organic photovoltaic and dye-sensitized solar cell materials for Nanomarkets
2008: Contributed to a strategic report on digital signage by IDC for a private client
2008: Author of industry analysis report on OLED materials for Nanomarkets
2008: Wrote chapter on HDTV and related home entertainment consumer electronics topics for a book published by Costco for its members.
2005-2008: Senior Research Associate, Pacific Media Associates, Menlo Park, CA
Responsibilities include data gathering, analysis, and reporting for flat panel and rear projection markets; creating press releases and newsletters on front projection, rear projection, and flat panel products and topics
2002: Wrote “Display Technology” section for PricewaterhouseCoopers Technology Forecast: 2002.
1999: Wrote “Display Technology” section for PricewaterhouseCoopers Technology Forecast: 2000.
1998: Wrote advertising supplements, “Digital Presentations @ Work”, which appeared in June, September, and November issues of Business Week.
1994-2001: Provided on-line consultation services for participants at question-and-answer technical support discussion sites covering hardware and software topics, first on CompuServe and later on the ZDNet Web site.
1989-1992: Evaluated and reviewed book proposals on a wide range of hardware and software topics for Business One Irwin (formerly Dow-Jones Irwin)
1989: Consulting assignment to develop strategy and writing marketing materials for Marsh & McLennan on behalf of Results Lab (formerly Venture Network, Inc.). Traveled to regional offices in Seattle, Honolulu, and Denver to train key high-level sales professionals on the use of the new materials and strategy.
1982-1988: Co-founder and consultant with Soft Industries Corporation: Projects included a detailed competitor product analysis for a major word processing program publisher, database training for Hartford Insurance Group and CIGNA, and custom multi-user database application development for the State Department of Education.
Other Relevant Experience:
Member of planning committee (2007-2009) for Society for Information Display “Mobile Displays” conference.
Vice Chair (2003-2004) and Chair (2004-2008) of the Delaware Valley Chapter, Society for Information Display
Charter member and former Chair (1998-2000) of the Society for Information Display’s international “Display of the Year” Awards Committee.
Frequent guest on The Compududes on WHYY in Philadelphia, and The ScreenSavers on TechTV (formerly ZDTV), discussing technical topics and taking on-air calls for listener questions.
Presenter and featured speaker at various computer conferences and user group meetings, including Trenton Computer Fair and Princeton Computer Users Group.
Developed and delivered national seminars on desktop publishing and on data file conversions between major applications.
Honors and Awards:
2011: Elected as a “Senior Member” of the Society for Information Display
References available upon request.