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About the 7 transformations by which industrial companies can become factories of the future
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Visualization Lab | Illustrating How Mechanical Assemblies Work

Visualization Lab | Illustrating How Mechanical Assemblies Work | Made Different | Scoop.it

How things work visualizations use a variety of visual techniques to depict the operation of complex mechanical assemblies. We present an automated approach for generating such visualizations. Starting with a 3D CAD model of an assembly, we first infer the motions of individual parts and the interactions between parts based on their geometry and a few user specified constraints. We then ...


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Jed Fisher's curator insight, February 20, 2013 5:25 AM

Design | Develop topic. 

This is very similar to the work my team at Right Hemisphere did (now part of SAP). Right Hemisphere was/is great at automatically making very high quality precise Training and Support Documents (for manufacturers). This requires not only tremendous rendering techniques to draw 3D models as technical line illustrations but also requires IQ to figure out what parts are what (screws, gears, significant parts, shells, connectors, etc) and what their purpose is.

This technology can then be used to automatically make support documents like the classical IKEA Product Instructional's and can even be used for more complex products like an automotive engines. It can also be used for automatic assembly and disassembly instructions.

Great research article, found in this month's Siggraph magazine. Thanks for JasonC @BinaryAgentX for the link

Joe DiDomenico's comment, February 25, 2013 12:34 PM
I can use this scoop to show some of the steps an engineer might go through to produce a design.
Jed Fisher's comment, February 25, 2013 12:55 PM
Absolutely, you really get to see how much work goes into such technical illustrations, it's not as simple as "line drawing", there is a great deal to "explain a story in a glance".
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Let's hope 2013 will be the year for Indoor location reporting!

Let's hope 2013 will be the year for Indoor location reporting! | Made Different | Scoop.it
In the race to bring indoor location technology to market, an eight-person startup is taking on big name players Google, Qualcomm and Samsung, and has the potential to win.

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Jed Fisher's curator insight, January 2, 2013 5:33 AM

CSR’s Sirf Technologies division and WifiSLAM claim to have figured out how to map indoor locations when you’re walking with your mobile phone inside a building. I really hope that we get to see this work in practice (with good precision) in 2013. 

Having the ability to get to less than a meter precision inside a building is a very powerful technology breakthrough that would enable many more workflows and usecases. Currently GPS/Wifi is not precice enough for many workflows (only getting to around 3 meters at best).