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Insights into product strategy, emerging technology with Mobile, 3D, Augmented Reality, VR, Visualization,CAD, PLM, AEC, BIM, and downstream 3D. Curated by Jed Fisher http://blog.4Dpipeline.com @4Dpipeline - Making digital products customers love.
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Motorcity Europe with NVIDIA Quadro Picks Up the Pace & Power for Automotive Design

Motorcity Europe with NVIDIA Quadro Picks Up the Pace & Power for Automotive Design | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Motorcity Europe in Cologne Germany provides vehicle styling and design services to the automotive industry, including major OEM clients down to smaller specialist brands. At the head of the company is automotive designer David Hilton, former chief designer for the Ford Motor Company and head of exterior design for Bentley Motors in the UK. David and the Motorcity team help develop the looks and style of diverse types of vehicles, from familiar commercial models like the Ford Focus RS and Ford SMAX, to the Infiniti E-Merge and Mazda Superlite supercars, to vehicle concepts.

Jed Fisher's insight:

I'm a big fan of David Hiltons work, he has designed some of the most iconic Bentley's and Fords. His presentation at this years NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference was in my view perhaps the best of the show - it was an insightful view into the the art and love of automotive design. If you get a chance to hear him speak i highly recommend it.

(Note full disclosure: NVIDIA is a client of 4D Pipeline)

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Oculus Announces Partnership with Unity

Oculus Announces Partnership with Unity | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

The partnership was announced during the Oculus Connect 2014 conference, along with various details about how the two will work together to improve the development process for VR in Unity.

Through an add-on in Unity, developers will have a wide range of tools at their disposal to hone the more VR-specific elements of a Rift game, including stereo imaging optimization and 3D audio support.

Oculus' hardware will be supported in both the Free and Pro versions of the Unity engine.

Jed Fisher's insight:

A match made in heaven! Makes perfect sense for Unity, Unity Developers, Oculus and Facebook. 

One more platform for Unity's games and interactive 3D content.

At 4D Pipeline we often work with Unity and technology like Oculus for 3D VR (and AR) experiences for products, buildings, entertainment, and more. Give me a yell if you'd like a hand taking your product or idea to this platform. 

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3D Printing Company Stratasys Is Buying GrabCAD For Around $100M, Beating Out Autodesk, Adobe, and others

3D Printing Company Stratasys Is Buying GrabCAD For Around $100M, Beating Out Autodesk, Adobe, and others | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Some M&A activity afoot in the world of hardware design: GrabCAD, an online community that has been described as the 'Github for mechanical engineers',..
Jed Fisher's insight:

Well there you go, as said by the great Ferris Bueller - "Life moves pretty fast..". 

We all knew GrabCAD was heading for an acquisition, they had built a ton of momentum, raised ~14M in VC funding, had some paying customers (unclear how many really) but were saying and doing all the right things to gain attention from Autodesk/Siemens/Dassault/PTC/Adobe and a few others.

Looks like Stratasys, a 3D printing company (valued at $6B from their IPO) will do an all cash deal to acquire them - wow.

3D/CAD/Cloud/openness - a good formula that fits well for Stratasys. Stratasys was also the company that earlier acquired MakerBot. 

If you work with 3D technologies or have an idea here - now is the time to capitalize on that idea.


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This 3D-Printed Car Will Be Drivable By The Weekend, For Sale Soon After

This 3D-Printed Car Will Be Drivable By The Weekend, For Sale Soon After | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Local Motors, the crew who brought us the venerable off-road sports car we know and love as the Rally Fighter, are making the first full-sized drivable car from a 3D printer at this very moment.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Big fan of Local Motor. Pretty amazing, fun video.  Hardcore 3D Printing :-)

More: http://3dprint.com/14358/3d-printed-car-local-motors/

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3D EXPERIENCE Impacts the Future by Dassault Systemes

3D EXPERIENCE Impacts the Future by Dassault Systemes | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

In this video we will watch how new technology like augmented reality and hardware such as Zspace devices can help doctors.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Dassault Systems and Zspace are two of 4D Pipeline's long term customers.

Here is a nice short (marketing) video that shows off some of the work Dassault Systems is doing with companies and technology like Zspace.

(footnote: we did not work on the project that is shown in this video).

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Bublcam's 360 Degree Spherical Camera - YouTube

Bublcam's CEO Sean Ramsay stopped by the office to show off the current version of the device, available for preorder for $579. The camera’s price makes it m...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Slightly off-topic but I love this camera :-) 

360 live video and photos.

This may seem slightly off-topic for my blog but i'm scooping it for two reasons 

1) i love it!

2) what a great way to capture 360 video for a VR Oculus. As their CEO says, imagine being a 360 concert being able to look anywhere and see all around you as if you were there.

There are also other great uses for industries like realestate and insurance. However at the end of the day - for ~$500 i can see consumers even buying it "just for fun". 

I love living in the future! 

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Jaguar Land Rover Virtual Windscreen Concept

Jaguar Land Rover Virtual Windscreen Concept | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Driving will be a lot more fun with Jaguar Land Rover’s new Virtual Windscreen concept that’ll provide drivers with an interactive virtual display on their vehicle’s windshield. The concept technology will sort of be like an augmented-reality experience while you drive (or really race), offering you info on speed info and lap times, in real …
Jed Fisher's insight:

Really just a concept but does remind us to the potential of using AR on the windscreen. 

I would like to see someone take some of the sensor data from the autonomous car cameras - and feed warnings to the driver via such an AR screen. 

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See you at SIGGRAPH 2014 and Unite2014

See you at SIGGRAPH 2014 and Unite2014 | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

#SIGGRAPH2014 is coming up - Vancouver August 12th-14th. Unity Unite is a week later in Seattle.

Hope to see you there!! Ill also be in the Valley for the coming weeks.

 

4D Pipeline - We Help You Build Great Products That Customers Love! #Apps #Cloud #3D #AR #Unity3D #VR #CAD #AEC #Visual

 

Ping me to meetup jed (at) 4Dpipeline.com

Jed Fisher's insight:

#SIGGRAPH2014 is coming up - Vancouver August 12th-14th. Unity Unite is a week later in Seattle.

Hope to see you there!! Ill also be in the Valley for the coming weeks.

  

Ping me to meetup jed (at) 4Dpipeline.com

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3D-printed car to debut at manufacturing show

3D-printed car to debut at manufacturing show | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

The Phoenix-based automotive and industrial design and manufacturing outfit was one of the pioneers of cloud-based co-creation, where members of a 150,000-member strong online community submit and refine ideas for products, dramatically speeding up the process.


Via jean lievens, Proto3000
Jed Fisher's insight:

Interesting for two reasons - CoCreation and 3D Printing and Customizations.

https://localmotors.com/

 

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Amazon new Fire Phone's Dynamic Perspective: A 3D Effect That Follows Your Face

Amazon new Fire Phone's Dynamic Perspective: A 3D Effect That Follows Your Face | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Amongst the new Fire Phone's most rumored and anticipated features is a "3d effect," which Amazon calls "Dynamic Perspective." It changes follows your face as you tilt the phone in different ways, altering the image in front of you. The potential is pretty exciting.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Very cool. See also

http://gizmodo.com/firefly-lets-fire-phone-scan-just-about-anything-and-bu-1592717776

 

So, how does Amazon's Dynamic Perspective work? Basically, there's a matrix of front-facing cameras. Not just two, so they can see the X and Y axis for your face, but four front-facing camera, one on each corner of your phone. This gives them accurate Z axis (depth), which gives you the full perspective feel.

 Plus for low/no light - Amazon added an infrared light for each individual camera camera.
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Why 1500 People Bought The Honda Fit Without Ever Really Seeing It

Why 1500 People Bought The Honda Fit Without Ever Really Seeing It | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
The campaign for the Honda Fit 2015 managed to convince 1500 people to buy the Honda Fit without ever seeing it in the "flesh". - See more at: http://www.lbbonline.com/news/why-1500-people-bought-the-honda-fit-without-ever-really-seeing-it/#sthash.aHVUyfan.dpuf
Via Mohir
Jed Fisher's insight:
At 4D Pipeline we've helped customers and their Clients build compelling Augmented Reality Apps and Configurators that help sell Cars, Shoes, Kitchens, Clothes, and Office Furniture. This is a great overview by S&S on their success with AR and how with creative approaches you can sell more Product. First hand we've helped customer take a few more steps, designing them collaboratively, promoting their products more with marketing that goes viral and works, and ultimately selling more and selling more cost efficiently. Contact us (obligation free) to learn more about Augmented Reality and interactive 3D Product Configurators and how we can help your product do so much better. jed (at) 4Dpipeline (dot) com
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Safari On iOS8 Supports WebGL - The New Era Can Now Commence

Safari On iOS8 Supports WebGL - The New Era Can Now Commence | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

The biggest announcement at WWDC has mostly gone unnoticed and uncommented - WebGL support in the Safari browser on OSX and iOS. At last the big browsers all support 3D graphics and web apps and web games in particular are effectively universal.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Breaking news - WebGL will be supported on iOS!!

At 4D Pipeline we do a lot of webgl development as well as a lot of iOS OpenGL development. Previously WebGL was not able to be played on iOS but from iOS8 it finally will be!

With Internet Explorer now supporting it and iOS8 now supporting it - this removes the final roadblocks webgl has been facing.

Not only is it supported in the Safari browser but in WebView as well, which means that native apps that want to show HTML content can now show it including advanced graphics!

 

Note: Also worth noting the iOS Metal 3D announcement

http://time.com/2814252/apples-metal-ios/

This improves the native 3D api for the iOS A7 chip, thus iOS 8 native apps should be able to outperform webgl by ~5-10x

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"Thermal Touch" can turn any surface into an augmented reality touchscreen

"Thermal Touch" can turn any surface into an augmented reality touchscreen | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Augmented reality company Metaio is developing Thermal Touch, a technology that combines infrared and visible light cameras to detect the heat signature f...
Jed Fisher's insight:

See more about this - and meet 4D Pipeline at the Augmented World Expo - May 27-29, Santa Clara, CA, USA. #AWE2014

Need idea from Metaio - they are experimenting with using an infrared camera and AR feedback to turn "any" surface into a touchscreen. 

The infrared is neat as it can (sometimes) detect if a surface has been actually touched (or if the finger was just hovering over it).

The tech still looks early days but it's a nice idea which might work.

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Ford demonstrates VR prototyping in Immersive Vehicle Environment

Ford demonstrates VR prototyping in Immersive Vehicle Environment | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
We recently had a rare opportunity to take a look into a few areas of Ford’s Melbourne design center that are normally off limits, including the FIVE lab wh...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Interesting article to follow the Unity/Oculus partnership. Excellent example of how a tool like Unity/Oculus can benefit a company like Ford. 

What's nice about this article is it gives you an insight into Fords workflow, everything comes from the CAD. I've worked with most of the Automotive companies and it's a fascinating but complex process to see how these vehicles are designed and iterated through. UX/usability, styling, performance, are all being tested and fed back to the CAD for continuous checking and iteration. Lots of moving parts (no pun intended :)). 

Anyway - good read - Thanks to Robert from Motus Ventures for the link.

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Apple Explores Augmented Reality Navigation For iPhones

Apple Explores Augmented Reality Navigation For iPhones | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Apple has two new patent applications out today (via AppleInsider) that show it's been working on boosting the iPhone's navigation abilities with augmented..

Via Mohir
Jed Fisher's insight:

Very interesting could be huge - the patents describe a way to use GPS, Wi-Fi and sensor information to pinpoint a user’s position and then download a 3D model of their surroundings, including points of interest. 

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Travel to Hawaii and London in This Weird VR Holodeck

Travel to Hawaii and London in This Weird VR Holodeck | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Virtuality is still stuck in an awkward liminal stage. Sony introduced Morpheus, Samsung's $200 Gear VR is just around the corner, and the Oculus Rift continues to showcase the best the platform has to offer. But it's a technology not easily accessible. Instead, it's still relegated to strange demos and experimental experiences—and this could be one of the weirdest.
Jed Fisher's insight:

What i like most about this is that it's being done by Marriott Hotels. What a great Deploy - makes a ton of sense for them, "wow's" their customers, easy fun marketing. 

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Baidu says its massive deep-learning system is nearly complete

Baidu says its massive deep-learning system is nearly complete | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Baidu says its 100-billion-neuron deep learning system will be complete within six months, powering a fast transition away from text as the dominant search input. Thanks to smartphones and its new Baidu Eye technology, the company expects voice and image search to dominate within five years.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Tech like Google Goggles (Goggles not glasses) have been around for a while and have been continually improving.. 

Ultimately this side of the tech needs to get hooked up to a Google Glasses / similar (or even your phone) and importantly - be able to track (so if you move your device around it will keep track of the object (this works to a degree for faces with cameras). It also needs to not kill the battery.

I suspect we will keep seeing a lot of activity in this space in coming months/years. Google typically has had the spotlight and this naturally fits spot on in their strategies (search, glasses, big data, dont require the user to have to think, etc) but it's also great to see Baidu and other big companies (NVIDIA and Intel i suspect) invest in this space.

BTW, if you happen to be working in this field - i'd love to talk with you as I've some ideas i'd love to roll around with you.

-- 

Another related link from today. Google talks about it's comp vision.

http://gigaom.com/2014/09/05/google-explains-its-latest-gains-in-computer-vision/

 

 

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Why Ikea's Mostly Computer Generated Catalog Will Soon Be the Norm

Why Ikea's Mostly Computer Generated Catalog Will Soon Be the Norm | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
The rooms in Ikea's catalogs may look like wonderlands of inexpensive furniture, but they're mostly computer generated. Like, 75 percent computer generated. The Swedish juggernaut has experimented with CG product shots for almost a decade now, and it's getting incredibly good at it. But it's far from the only company doing it.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Excellent article introducing virtual marketing (digital production). In my experience working with product manufacturers (automotive, apparel, consumer product, industrial design, etc) it's become very rare to see real products photographed. Everything is virtual these days, allowing for more product skus, faster development, and lower cost production. Add to this - mass customization and consumer choice digital is the only way to go. 

Products like Iray, Vray, and other renderers and visualization packages (3DXcite, Bunkspeed, Autodesk) are helping enable this. 

Never been a better time to be in 3D!

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Regular Pilots Can Now Have Superhuman Augmented Reality Fighter Pilot Vision

Regular Pilots Can Now Have Superhuman Augmented Reality Fighter Pilot Vision | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Military pilots wear expensive displays that show them relevant flight data as they scan the skies. Now a startup is bringing the tech to the masses.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Great to see AR getting more real use cases.

AR glasses open up many useful workflows for pilots, also BIM and Building professionals, manufacturing, simulations, and training.

Together with 3D shape detection it's possible to have a very rich markerless AR experience.

Exciting things ahead!

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See you at Unity3D's - Unite 2014

See you at Unity3D's - Unite 2014 | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

4D Pipeline will be attending Unity 3D's Unite conference - August 20-22 in Seattle. Come join us - ping me to meet up jed(at)4Dpipeline.com

Jed Fisher's insight:

4D Pipeline - We Help You Build Great Products That Customers Love! #Apps #Cloud #3D #AR #Unity3D #VR #CAD #AEC #Visual

Ping me to meetup jed (at) 4Dpipeline.com

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Interactive 360° 3D Display

Interactive 360° 3D Display | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

USC ICT describes a set of rendering techniques for an auto-stereoscopic light field display able to present interactive 3D graphics to multiple simultaneous viewers 360 degrees around the display. The display consists of a high-speed video projector, a spinning mirror covered by a holographic diffuser, and FPGA circuitry to decode specially rendered DVI video signals.


The display uses a standard programmable graphics card to render over 5,000 images per second of interactive 3D graphics, projecting 360-degree views with 1.25 degree separation up to 20 updates per second. The team describes the system's projection geometry and its calibration process, and we present a multiple-center-of-projection rendering technique for creating perspective-correct images from arbitrary viewpoints around the display.


The projection technique allows correct vertical perspective and parallax to be rendered for any height and distance when these parameters are known, and the developers demonstrate this effect with interactive raster graphics using a tracking system to measure the viewer's height and distance. They further apply our projection technique to the display of photographed light fields with accurate horizontal and vertical parallax. They conclude with a discussion of the display's visual accommodation performance and discuss techniques for displaying color imagery.


VFXWorldESPNWIREDGiz Explains 3D Technologies
Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Jed Fisher's insight:

Thanks to Carlos Garcia Pando for the link. The link points to a 2011 video and the site behind seems not updated, but the idea is nice. I'm looking forward to seeing more things like this at SIGGRAPH2014 in August! Let me know if you plan to attend!

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Metaio gives virtual reality legs, but it's not the best fit for Oculus Rift or Google Glass

Metaio gives virtual reality legs, but it's not the best fit for Oculus Rift or Google Glass | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
The future of virtual reality is not bound to a chair, so Metaio is encouraging folks to take a stroll. The augmented-reality firm will today unveil its "6D Augmented Reality Holodeck" tech, which ...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Click the link to see the video.

We've (4D Pipeline) found this to be a great fit for walking around an "work in progress" building build. Use AR to see the finished building.

Another way we've used this when doing car interiors, let the user have  a VR experience to what it's like inside the car.

Great to see the technology always improving.

Contact me to hear how 4D Pipeline can help your next App/product.

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The Commercial Worth of BIM in Construction Sector

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is considered to be future of the construction industry. It is through this process that you can apply 3D, 4D and even 5D…


Via Rajib Dey
Jed Fisher's insight:

Good market data.

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Look inside Google's 3-D mapping Tango phone and tablet

Look inside Google's 3-D mapping Tango phone and tablet | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

A look inside Google's 3-D mapping Tango phone and tablet
Christian Science Monitor
Google's Project Tango initiative is pushing the bounds of virtual experiences and realistic mapping on mobile devices.


Via David W. Deeds
Jed Fisher's insight:

Trimble’s Omar-Pierre Soubra poses for one of Google's new Tango phones. 3D Selfes

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, June 8, 12:57 PM

News on the Tango Project.

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The Leap Motion Controller Is About to Get a Whole Lot Better (we hope)

The Leap Motion Controller Is About to Get a Whole Lot Better (we hope) | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
The Leap Motion controller has always looked awesome, but its performance didn't quite live up to the promise. A software update is about to fix that, making every Leap Motion controller out there better in an instant.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Long time readers will remember my early Leap Motion scoops.

Leap raised a ton of money, promised a lot, but surprise surprise didnt really live up to the hype. 

They've made some improvements and once again the videos look great. I'm yet to try this new update. I'm hopeful. 
Would love to hear from anyone who has used it first hand. 

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