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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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Onshape 3D CAD now open for business; use for free; pay for privacy

Onshape 3D CAD moves into open beta today as the first fully browser-based mechanical design software.  It can be used on any WebGL-compatible browser, from any desktop, notebook, tablet, or smartphone. The software uses cloud technology to redefine how files are created, shared, and managed.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Onshape started with the founders of Solidworks plus ~$64M in VC funding. They've had a number of years now they've been working in stealth and have recently launched with what was expected. i.e. cloud CAD.

The "access anywhere" and collaborate makes a ton of sense obviously but we are now seeing non "full cloud" CAD packages enabling this as well (with the heavy work being done on the desktop and the collaborative work being shared in the cloud). Onshape and also Autodesk Fusion (and a few others) are doing everything in webgl in the cloud. 

Will this be enough? 

I have my doubts. Winning as a new CAD product takes more than just a cloud delivery. That said, with $$ in the bank and some big players on their team OnShape still is in a good position to do well. Will be fun to see how they do.

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Volvo CAD Meets Point Cloud

Volvo CAD Meets Point Cloud | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
In this digital age, wouldn't you imagine that cars float through virtual assembly lines? Avatars ensuring that assembly workers will have room to maneuver their wrenches? Ensuring robotic arms having no collisions with fenders, rendering an otherwise gleaming auto undeliverable...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Great use of point cloud data, i saw a presentation on this by Volvo at the PLM Innovation conference a few years back. 

Makes a lot of sense, point scan your factor, then run the new virtual CAD cars through it to make sure there is enough room (or not), etc.

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Of all my scoops this is one of the most game changing technologies ever. Fan-freaking-tastic! Must read.

Of all my scoops this is one of the most game changing technologies ever. Fan-freaking-tastic! Must read. | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

What is it?

Our current prototype is a 5” phone containing customized hardware and software designed to track the full 3D motion of the device, while simultaneously creating a map of the environment. These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating its position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into a single 3D model of the space around you.

It runs Android and includes development APIs to provide position, orientation, and depth data to standard Android applications written in Java, C/C++, as well as the Unity Game Engine. These early prototypes, algorithms, and APIs are still in active development. So, these experimental devices are intended only for the adventurous and are not a final shipping product.

Jed Fisher's insight:

The future of mobile media is indeed 3D!

I've already applied for one of these for 4D Pipeline. Would be great to have (and for many of our customers).

Having a Kinect in your phone is a powerful thing. Having Google behind this is fantastic. 

* To me this would be the single biggest advancement for the mobile phone since adding a camera to it. The usefulness of what this will enable are almost limitless.*

Not only can we do things like 3D scanning but we can also do things like 3d facial and identity detection and gesture detection (see someone waving at us). 

3D photos is a mind blowing idea - capturing a photo (or video) with Z-depth. Imagine - in the future when we take selfies we will have "3D" depth to the photo!

When it comes to Augmented Reality it is a complete game changer. For the first time we can truly scan/detect/match 3D objects. This is massive. GOODBYE QR codes! Hello 3D object search.

For AEC and BIM industries this is huge as it can allow people to match for example “as built” (real life) to the plan, see similarities and differences. Even better - it can give you a precise location on your (3D) map based upon your 3D map data.

The future is unreal!

PS if you are as interested in this as i am you will also like these

http://sco.lt/8lSZKDandhttp://sco.lt/6iIH3J 

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Carlos Garcia Pando's comment, March 12, 2014 5:43 AM
Yes Jed, looks great. My concern is the accuracy of the inertial and positioning sensors to mash up all data into something that is not a thick puree instead of a noiseless realistic surface. But undoubtedly this is a great start. The future is virtual.
Jed Fisher's comment, March 12, 2014 5:55 AM
The future is virtual - this is an even better quote than the future is 3D :) Yes fair point Carlos - check out the matterport results though - incredibly impressive.
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2014 The year the construction industry will discover PLM ?

2014 The year the construction industry will discover PLM ? | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
This year I had several discussions with persons working for construction companies. They shared their BIM dreams and tried to explain them the PLM benefits and basics as they are much alike. The c...

Via IGE+XAO
Jed Fisher's insight:

 After many years of working with both Manufacturing/PLM and AEC/BIM companies, and the software OEMs in these spaces I feel like i know these spaces incredibly well along with their similarities and differences. 

Jos Voskuil lays out a good overview of both PLM and BIM, good summary!

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BIM becomes virtual design and construction (VDC)

BIM becomes virtual design and construction (VDC) | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
For many of us who have participated in the rapid growth of BIM, It is tempting to see it as just one more technology development in the project delivery process, but its real impact is quickly accelerating beyond that.
Jed Fisher's insight:

The world doesnt need another algorithm :)

But it's a very good article and inline with many of my previous posts. It's time for BIM to get useful to downstream to contractors and owners (and even occupants!). 

Contractors have grasped the power of BIM, they look at BIM models and immediately understand how they could be used for virtual design/contruction tasks.

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3D Systems buys collaborative software maker TeamPlatform

3D Systems buys collaborative software maker TeamPlatform | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
3D Systems buys collaborative software maker TeamPlatform
Engadget
You might say that, aside from the whole 3D printing thing, 3D Systems is in the acquisition game.

Via João Greno Brogueira
Jed Fisher's insight:

Very interesting, did not expect this. I had seen Teamplatform, i liked it actually but i didnt think it had much traction. I guess technically it fitted well. Probably a good move on both sides.

Reminds me of Gehry Technologies acquistion of BIMshare earlier this year.

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RTT (further) integrates visualization into PLM

RTT (further) integrates visualization into PLM | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
The second version of RTT DeltaGen for Teamcenter will launch in August, bringing the visualization workflow inside Teamcenter.
Jed Fisher's insight:

It's been almost 3 years since I worked as VP of Product Strategy and Solution Architecture at RTT. 
I'm happy to see that the project and partnerships that I was part of at their beginning have continued to grow and progress. VBOMs is a concept and idea which I was and am passionately behind. Companies have EBOMs and MBOMs but often don't have a concept of a VBOM (reasons I believe are largely historic, plus it's the only BOM which is entirely virtual, purely for visualization, not manufacturing, packaging, engineering, etc).
As for the Siemens Teamcenter integration, this too is something that I take pride in being part of. Visualization companies focus a lot of efforts on integrating with the CAD system and the file formats but often forget that the PLM system is the "life blood" system used by the company. Only with a connection to a PLM system can their be a VBOM, can you have change management, and universal company wide access and collaboration.
To add to the importance, Siemens is also a significant shareholder of RTT stock, and so it's great to have both sides of the partnership supporting the collaboration/integration.
In my former (pre RTT) company, Right Hemisphere, we also did something similar with SAP (who ultimately acquired the company) and made the RH technology part of the SAP PLM Visual Enterprise.

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Inside Ford's 3D CAVE

Designers and engineers at Ford are able to assess new cars before they're made thanks to the Ford 3D CAVE facility. Located in Ford Merkenich, Germany - Mic...

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Jed Fisher's insight:

Very nice overview of Ford's CAVE facility in Germany.

This I believe is powered by RTT DeltaGen - for more info see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-drl_2-Tk8

 

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Christian Matzen's comment, July 31, 2013 1:48 PM
Jed, I am afraid you are wrong. It is IC.IDO from ESI Group. They have been our happy customer for almost 10 years in that field (and beyond).
Jed Fisher's comment, July 31, 2013 5:56 PM
Hi Christian, really? I think you both might be :) at least according to this press release - Ford Is Improving Visual Quality In The CAVE Using RTT DeltaGen, http://www.usednewfordcars.com/ford-videos/cars/pilot/ford-is-improving-visual-quality-in-the-A-H-drl_2-Tk8.htm
Christian Matzen's comment, August 3, 2013 3:52 AM
Ford ran a benchmark that year and decided to continue to use IC.IDO. We have people on-site in Dearborn and Cologne. Believe me, I know what I am talking about. ;-)
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Solving the Multi-CAD Problem

Solving the Multi-CAD Problem | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Over the years, there have been many attempts to reconcile these discrepancies so that you could more easily work with your supplier’s CAD data. Vendors have tried:Sell everyone the same software.Create a neutral file format that everyone can save to, open, and modify (think STEP and IGES).Offer individual translators for any popular formats that the customer anticipates using in the future.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Multi-CAD is a long way from ever being "solved". Traditionally CAD Vendors have done all that they can to lock companies into their world, and even when they've succumbed to moving to providing good interchange/neutral formats they've often done so in a proprietary way (think .JT, 3DXML, DWF, ...). 

PTC at least seems to be finally be coming around to the idea that it makes sense for them to intelligently import CAD data from other packages, and then even better, support change management processes (eg. if it changes in the other CAD package, refresh it in your CAD package). Let me just say "Finally!" :-) 

The truth is that essential no global manufacturer can solve multi-CAD, it's a fact of life. At some point one of your suppliers will be using a different CAD package, or someone will need it in a different format. So face this reality and find software and setups that support this.

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Belmont Technology Incorporated

Belmont Technology Incorporated | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Belmont Technology Incorporated is a product development company formed by pioneers in the CAD industry.
Jed Fisher's insight:

You heard it hear first. Watch this space.

Newly incorporated Belmont Technlogy, made up of some heavy hitters from Solidworks and related, including John McEleney, former SW CEO and BM for Newforma. 

Very curious to what this team gets up to. Stay tuned for more info!

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IDEAbuilder's curator insight, May 1, 2013 12:51 PM

Tracking this team with great interest.

 

Jed Fisher's comment, January 29, 2014 6:01 PM
any more insights!? :)
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PLM and The Art Of Simplicity

PLM and The Art Of Simplicity | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
For many years, enterprise software was known as a place where development of new features was one of the main priorities. To have comprehensive list of features was considered as absolute necessity.
Jed Fisher's insight:

As always, another great article from Oleg.

I too am seeing the same thing. Finally even the "big" "slow" enterprise companies are demanding better software. Just because it's "made for enterprise" does not mean that it needs to be complicated. In fact, it's even more important that it works as simply as possible.

IT workers are demanding the simplicity and elegancy that they have come to expect in their consumer lives at work. We want software (Apps) that "just work", they should be easy and simple to use, they should not require training, we rightly so want the complex made simple. This is entirely fair and reasonable and is exactly what ISV in manufacturing and AEC need to be making. 

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PI Congress: (Manufacturing) Product development as we have known it, is dying…

PI Congress: (Manufacturing) Product development as we have known it, is dying… | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
I spent the beginning of this week in Berlin attending PI (Product Innovation) congress. Navigate to the following link to learn more. The event is a successor of PLM Innovation conference happened in the past in London, Munich and Atlanta.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Nice summary of one of the most interesting PLM conferences of the year. This year unfortunately I missed it. Oleg has summarized some of the key learnings. For those in the PLM space, it's certainly worth a read

 

Much of what is mentioned remind me of what is/has happened with software product development. Gone/dying are the days of "the big plan" and strict process, it's agile to the max, the key is connecting people/developers, to have them continously connected. More on this topic soon.

 

Also Joe Voskuil's summary

http://virtualdutchman.com/2013/02/25/the-week-after-product-innovation/

 

 

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PTC flat revenue but net income rises

PTC flat revenue but net income rises | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

GraphicSpeak » PTC will reduce headcount by 4% during the current quarter. Revenue for the quarter ending December 29, 2012 (first quarter of PTC’s fiscal 2013) was $319.7 million, up 0.4% compared to a year earlier. Net income was $35.8 million, up 61% from a year earlier.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Some good market numbers/metrics again. Also some insights into PTC.

The battle for CAD/PLM continues. PTC vs Dassault vs Autodesk vs Siemens ...

Dassault System's CEO, Bernard Charles, and Autodesk’s CEO Carl Bass talk about the mobile revolution, the cloud, and social product development. PTC's CEO Heppelmann directs his gaze at the customer and their perception of what customers really want and really need. Who's right? Time and revenue will tell.

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Distributed Design Is No Longer A Dream: Why CAD Must Evolve To Support It

Distributed Design Is No Longer A Dream: Why CAD Must Evolve To Support It | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Companies used to have design and manufacturing under one roof. But today’s teams are spread across the globe– and traditional CAD wasn’t built for distributed design.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Looks like Onshape is starting off their blog. For those of you who dont know Onshape, it's a very "stealth" company that was funded by the original founders of Solidworks and others. They raised a sh!t load of money and have been working away now for a few years (too long). From the little public information that has been shared, I think their basic premise is - collaborative CAD. 

Good idea obviously but i feel they are now coming too late to the party. Collaborative CAD is an easy technical problem to solve (thanks WebGL), the hard part is changing conservative slow moving manufacturers to use a new CAD system, let alone changing their PLM. Good luck with that! Boeing uses Catia and i'd put money down that they dont change from Catia for the next 25 years! 


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Matterport: 3D Models of Real Interior Spaces

Matterport: 3D Models of Real Interior Spaces | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

We're excited about Google's Project Tango announcement today of a smartphone with a built-in 3D sensor. We're especially excited because we've been developing on a Tango demo unit for the last month and can now finally talk about what we've built publicly! We believe that the future of 3D scanning is mobile. As 3D sensors start showing up in phones and tablets, Matterport's software will be an app enabling millions of people to capture, share, and interact with the world around them in 3D. We have been working to optimize Matterport's software stack for Tango, and already have some early results to show.

Jed Fisher's insight:

I’m not a jealous guy but today I am ;-)

Hats off to Matterport. Really blown away to see the first results of Tango. 

I really like that the Matterport have not just gone gimmicky or gamey, they've focused on real world useful problems to solve, recommending their technology for Insurance, Construction Management, Hospitality, Retail, and Real Estate, ... 

I can't wait to get my hands on Tango - ready to knock people off their seats!

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Airbus DMU - Digital Mock Up

Engineers are getting what Programmers have had for a while: a globally available database of blueprints so that everyone can work at the same time on the sa...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Nice overview on how virtual prototyping and virtual design and digital mockups helps a big company like Airbus. For me it's hard to imagine how such feats of engineering could be done *before* we had such technology. Anyway great overview and introduction.

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Digital Manufacturing Summit | NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference - March 24-27, San Jose, CA, USA

Digital Manufacturing Summit | NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference - March 24-27, San Jose, CA, USA | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Bringing Together Experts in Design and Engineering. 

GTC will host a multi-day Digital Manufacturing Summit with in-depth exploration of how NVIDIA's GPUs are driving innovation across automotive, aerospace, apparel, architectural-engineering-construction and consumer products. 

Jed Fisher's insight:

Once again my favorite conference of the year is coming up!

NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference or GTC for short. It's a great event, keynoted by NVIDIA's CEO Jen Hsun Huang and packed full of goodies for hardcore developers and graphics professionals.

For the last two years there has been an focus on Manufacturing/Architecture with special tracks- this year it is the Digital Manufacturing Summit. 

And here we really have some absolute gems speaking, to name just a few: 

 

S4658 - Rethinking the Skateboard Shoe by Safir Bellali ( Director, Design Innovation, Vans, a VF Company )

 

S4935 - Digital Workflow In Automotive Design by Tyler Blake ( Design Manager, Ford Motor Company )S4905 - The New Acura NSX, Making Dreams Reality by Pete Petersen ( Manager of Digital Modeling and Visualization , Honda R&D ), Joseph Catalano ( CG Designer, Honda R&D Americas, Inc. ), and Mari Takashima ( Principal System Engineer, Honda R&D )

 

S4689 - Increase Traffic and Revenues: Lightworks Iray + Photorealistic Interactive 3D-Online, In-Store POS Digital Configurators by Dave Coldron ( Product Director, Lightwork Design Ltd.)

 

S4634 - What Makes Design and Styling Critical to a Brand by David Hilton (former Chief of Exterior Design of Bentley Motors).

 

S4643 - Looking Back into the Future by Daniel Simon (pictured).

 

S4677 - Immersive Design and Robotic Fabrication in the Trillion Dollar U.S. Construction Industry by Greg Howes ( CEO, IDEAbuilder )

 

S4216 - Beyond 4k: Video Walls and Interactive Displays at High Resolutions using Multi-Machine Clusters by Erik Beaumont (CEO, Ventuz)

 

S4669 - Supercharging Engineering Simulations at Mercury Marine with NVIDIA GPUs by Arden Anderson ( Technical Specialist - Computational Analysis, Mercury Marine )

 

S4642 - Large Scale Visualization at Boeing - by Christopher Senesac ( Senior Process Architect, Boeing )

S4678 - NVIDIA Driven Image Generation in Immersive Fast-Jet Simulators by William Paone ( Technical Lead Engineer: Image Generator Product Development , Boeing ) 

S4622 - Virtual Automotive: Projection Mapped Graphics for Automotive Design by Christie Digital

 

S4688 - Photo-Realistic Real-Time Digital Mock-Up Design Review in a Five-Sided 4Kx4K Immersive Room by Andras Kemeny ( General Manager, Center for Virtual Reality and Immersive Simulation, Renault, Renault )

 

S4663 - Creative Artistry Driven by GPU Technology: A Look Inside Armstrong White by John Willette ( Director of Computer Generated Imagery and Partner, Armstrong White )

 

Also more great talks by Gulfstream, Technicon, Applied Material, and many more soon to be announced!

 

(Disclosure: 4D Pipeline is contracted by NVIDIA to help with the organization of this Summit).

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Jed Fisher's comment, April 1, 2014 1:11 PM
Awesome show! Thank you to all the speakers. More followups soon!
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GraphicSpeak » Autodesk sales strategy includes discontinuing upgrade purchases

GraphicSpeak » Autodesk sales strategy includes discontinuing upgrade purchases | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
At an Investors Day meeting in San Francisco, Autodesk also announced modest layoffs and explained changes in its business model.
Jed Fisher's insight:

The future is cloudy :-)

Autodesk promises social, mobile, and cloud, with SaaS/Subscription based pricing. 

Good summary of some key takeaways for Autodesk from their Investor day.

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Dassault's 3DExperience "IFWE Compass"

Dassault's 3DExperience "IFWE Compass" | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

V6R2014 Release Brings the "IFWE Compass" New User Experience in All Applications and also Additional Cloud Offerings

Jed Fisher's insight:

While I would not say this is "new" (I first blogged about 3D Experience and then the "If We" platform 1-2 years ago), it is still very interesting.

It's interesting for many reason, firstly because Dassault has decided to do an entire platform product launch and draw so much attention to this. Why? Because the "new" Apps world matters. The App experience matters. 

We (customers and users) increasing think "is there an App for this?". We want a simple solution for the single individual task we need to do in an innovative mobile way.

In an ideal world these Apps are connected to the platforms we use on a daily basis. Although the App is simple, the experience is quite rich due to the dynamics and depth of the platform (made up of many apps, shared content, and a realtime mobile experience with multiple collaborators). It is for these reasons that this is worth taking a look at. 

If you watch the video jump ahead to 1:35.

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Aurélien BLAHA's comment, July 31, 2013 3:45 AM
Hi Jed, thanks for the shout-out. You're right in saying that the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform is not new, yet the user interface is. More details here: http://perspectives.3ds.com/events/introducing-groundbreaking-user-experience-ifwe-compass/
Cheers!
Jed Fisher's comment, July 31, 2013 3:48 AM
Thanks Aurélien, nice link and well summarized. I do like what's been done with the compass, i think it's a good move. Looking forward to many connected Apps
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Is Google Glass Going To Change Architecture Forever?

Is Google Glass Going To Change Architecture Forever? | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Is architecture ready for Google Glass? The augmented reality that Google Glass promises may not seem architectural, but in truth the two couldn’t be more related.
Jed Fisher's insight:

The answer is Yes :)

And it's also Yes for manufacturing in general.

Or at least Glass is a catalyst for this. It is worth noting that, as it stands now, the Glass API has no support for AR at all.

That said, it's only a matter of time, AR Glasses are coming.


If we can hook up Augmented Reality (which will require Cloud computing (or low power mobile GPU computing) for the computer visions and visualization/rendering) then there is a wealth of possibilities in not just architecture and navigation like experiences but much more - like being able to see useful information (show me what part of the building is going to be worked on tomorrow, etc).

It's also a huge enabler for manufacturing. Imagine being able to recognize your product (requires good 3D computer vision but we are getting close now, eg Google Goggles). For example, take a look at a car in the street - "oh i like that one, what options are available for it?" - Bam - i see the options, prices, and related information overlaid on the car. 

The future is not only mobile, it's visual!

 

BTW; some other posts you might find interesting:

http://sco.lt/6vDWVN - BIM, augmented reality and collaboration;

http://sco.lt/6FGPxZ - Augmented Reality 3D tracker (Ford Ordinary Maintenance);

http://sco.lt/8MmoWP - Google Makes 3 Big Bets on NVIDIA;

http://sco.lt/68Bnov - The Power of 3D: Using BIM for Facility Management;

http://sco.lt/7Zxs4v - 3D BIM for downstream users in field and facility management;

http://sco.lt/8buoHB - Augmented Reality for Construction Drawings.

 

Don't hesitate to ping me if you'd like to talk further on this topic jed[at]4Dpipeline.com

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Autodesk keeps buying them up, Tinkercad has found a new home

Autodesk keeps buying them up, Tinkercad has found a new home | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
I am happy to announce that we have just signed a deal where Autodesk will purchase the Tinkercad site and core technologies. This is a great day for all Tinkercad users, Autodesk is a very enthusi...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Late March Tinkercad sent out an announcement that were shutting down operations. 

I, like many others, expressed sadness that this was the end of TinkerCAD. Tinkercad like a handful of other 3D startups brought fresh ideas and new hope to the CAD industry (even if they hadn't quite figured out their business model).

 

March 27th - @4Dpipeline - RIP Tinkercad, the only 3D modeling environment with a non-atrocious UI.

 

Well, that said, they are back from the dead. Autodesk spotted the opportunity and made them an offer to find a new home with the growing list of acquisitions at Autodesk HQ. I'm not sure now what the future will hold for them now. I suspect Autodesk might fit this into their 123D offering. Regardless, I'm glad to see the Tinkercad guys have a happier conclusion (end? beginning?). 

 

The 3D/CAD App space continues to excite! It's never a dull day.

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Sebastian Larsen's comment, July 6, 2013 1:59 PM
"the only 3D modeling environment with a non-atrocious UI" I put forward that you're not a Modo user, then.
Jed Fisher's comment, July 7, 2013 6:09 AM
Ok, perhaps it's a little bit of an overstatement :-) and yes Modo is nice. I probably should have specified CAD - but even for that there are some nice-ish UIs :)
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4D Pipeline attends the impressive RTT Excite 2013

4D Pipeline attends the impressive RTT Excite 2013 | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

My photos from the RTT Excite 2013 event.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Another awesome RTT Excite event (Munich, Germany). As always, RTT impresses. This year it featured a keynote by Jen-Hsen the CEO of NVIDIA. It's a show packed with sexy graphics and beautifully rendered automobiles. Many interesting talks and great technology demos. 

Fantastic job by the RTT team. 

 

Highlights:

- the keynotes (RTT Board and Jen-Hsen)

- Audi City showroom presentation

- Team Bunkspeed and their beautiful new minimal UI (yes it's even better!)

- Meeting HDRI Light Studio team finally - their product is fantastic, the guys are also great.

- Seeing some of the latest RTT demo's - including visually stunning configurators, integrations with Leap motion, and much more.

- Meeting the Lagoa guys and seeing their RTT PictureBook demo.

- Being very impressed by the iRobot computer vision technology.

- Catching up with old and new colleagues - it's quite the party!

 

Click the link for some photos from the event including some of the presentations.

 

Full Disclosure: RTT, NVIDIA, and Bunkspeed are all customers of 4D Pipeline.  We are proud and honored to work with these awesome companies. Good job guys, outstanding event!

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This week in Munich - RTT Excite 2013 (featuring NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang)

This week in Munich - RTT Excite 2013 (featuring NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang) | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

One of the best 3D conferences in Europe is on this week in München - the very entertaining and useful RTT Excite.

This year it features a keynote by Jen-Hsen the CEO of NVIDIA. Also a great case study on Audi City and it's use of virtual sales configurators (plus more).

You can also expect a ton of fantastic 3D demos and two days of packed presentations. Highly recommended.

A full agenda can be found:

http://www.rtt.ag/en/events/rtt-excite-2013/agenda/lecture-rooms/

Jed Fisher's insight:

Ping me if you'd like to meetup at the event jed[at]4Dpipeline.com

 

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Autodesk quarterly results

Autodesk quarterly results | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Suites are now 33% of total revenue. Regional performance was hit and miss.

Revenue by group:

Platform Solutions and Emerging Business segment revenue was $198 million, down 7% from 4Q12;AEC revenue was $207 million, up 18% compared to the fourth quarter last year.Manufacturing revenue was $155 million, up 5% from a year earlier.Media and Entertainment revenue was $47 million, down 16% from a year earlier, continuing a long-term trend. (For details on Autodesk’s M&E revenue history and prospects, see the GraphicSpeak article, “Reversing the revenue decline at Autodesk Media and Entertainment.”)Flagship products revenue was $328 million, down 1% from a year earlier.Suites revenue was $189 million, up 17% from 4Q12.New and Adjacent products revenue was $90 million, down 10% from a year ago.
Jed Fisher's insight:

As always, some great market insights here. Graphs are especially helpful.

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Dassault Systèmes tops €2 billion revenue in 2012, revenue up

Dassault Systèmes tops €2 billion revenue in 2012, revenue up | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
PLM software: €407.4 million ($552 million), up 7%SolidWorks: €103.4 million ($140.1 million), up 11%Annual total revenue up 14% (9% in constant currencies), to €2.28 billion ($3.09 billion);Annual software revenue up 14% (9% in constant currencies) to €1.84 billion ($2.49 billion)

Revenue by regions:

Asia €145.1 million ($196.6 million), up 12%Europe €265.8 million ($360.1 million), up 5%Americas €152.6 million ($206.7 million), up 8%.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Market metrics.

PTC didnt do so well but Dassault seems to be kicking arse. Solidworks doing especially well, leading the growth and now with over half a million licenses sold. 

Graphs are good to look through.

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