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Breaking News - Frank Gehry's AEC Software Company Acquired by Trimble

Breaking News - Frank Gehry's AEC Software Company Acquired by Trimble | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
The merger will help streamline communication across the construction process, according to the companies.
Jed Fisher's insight:

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Wow - smart move by AEC company Trimble - and a good move IMHO by Gehry Technologies; I see this making a lot of sense for both companies. I also get to say "i called it" on this one (albeit 2 years ago and did think that Dassault was the more likely buyer).

Gehry has been doing a lot of good things with their own developments (Digital Project & cloud based GTeam) and their own acquisitions (like BIMshare). Trimble meanwhile has also been on a little bit of a rampage with some excellent acquisitions such as Sketchup (from Google). 

Interestingly both Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes have invested heavily with Gehry over the years.

The AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) and BIM space is still very exciting; Autodesk, Nemetschek (esp. bim+), Bentley, and Trimble all doing some very interesting things. Of all these groups Trimble comes the most from the C/Construction space but now with it's purchases it's getting a very strong offering also in the A/Architecture.

Gehry Technology primarily sells their products through it's world-class building development consulting services. They a well known for building complex signature designs from architects like their founder Frank Gehry. 

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Apple reportedly buys Kinect tech-creator PrimeSense

Apple reportedly buys Kinect tech-creator PrimeSense | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Apple has reportedly acquired PrimeSense, the company behind the Xbox Kinect's 3D-sensor technology, for $345 million, according to a new report.
Jed Fisher's insight:

That said, Primesense seems to be denying the acquisition rumor, so it's not 100% sure if the deal is real or just a rumor (again).

 

PrimeSense, is the company behind the Xbox Kinect's 3D-sensor technology.

Microsoft recently went with different tech for Xbox One but Apple can still use this technology, in fact they need some options here. This makes a good move for acquiring such expertise and ability.

 

This gives Apple the ability to z-depth measure which would fit nicely with Apple TV (allowing us to control the TV without remotes but also interact and play games with gestures). 

 

Future iterations might (will likely) make it into laptops and even mobiles. It would be incredibly useful for mobile shape detection, Augmented Reality, mobile mapping (point clouds), and of course Gesture recognition.

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John Carmack breaks silence on Facebook's Oculus acquisition

John Carmack breaks silence on Facebook's Oculus acquisition | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
After almost a week of silence, legendary game developer and Oculus CTO John Carmack has finally voiced his opinions on Facebook's planned acquisition of the virtual reality headset maker....
Jed Fisher's insight:

In case you had not heard - Facebook recently bought Oculus VR for $2 Billion dollars, a pretty penny.

Reactions are divided, there are two camps,

1. Those who think Zuckerberg has gone crazy and has bought a prelaunch/pre-real-revenue high risk company that has nothing to do with Facebook/Social. Add to this group all the people who invested in their huge Kickstarter and got nothing from the buyout (some of these guys are sending the Oculus death threats!)

2. Those who think this is a brilliant move with Zuckerberg reacting to Google Glass and see Oculus as a great platform to extend Facebook.

 

Many folks have asked me what I think. In short - I think Oculus is an excellent asset for Facebook to have, I just don’t think it’s currently worth anywhere near $2B. There are other alternatives that are technically equal or superior but are just less “cool”, most would be buyable for millions not billions. For example: http://technicalillusions.com/ (these guys also have had a great Kickstarter).

Reasons I see it making sense for Facebook:

- it’s social

- it’s wearable (trending and responding to other VR/AR goggles/glasses) 

- it’s great for gaming and Facebook increasingly is doing more in gaming

- it’s great for VR experiences such as shopping, virtual worlds

- plenty of business uses too - in AEC/Manufacturing and more.

 

In short - it’s great for 3D+VR+Social+Cloud and people of all walks of life - especially those who had stock in Oculus ;-)

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Autodesk and GrabCAD partnership extends CAD’s reach in the cloud

Autodesk and GrabCAD partnership extends CAD’s reach in the cloud | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Both AutoCAD 360 and the new Fusion 360 3D modeler will be available for real-time drawing and editing of drawings and models inside the GrabCAD Workbench environment.
Jed Fisher's insight:

If you are still saying the "cloud" won't happen, it's really about time to stop :-) Cloud is coming, it's here, it's happened!

GrabCAD currently has about 700,000 members; they will top the million mark very quickly thanks to this new partnership.

While this is very big news for GrabCAD I must admit I'm more than slightly disappointed they've gone the Autodesk only way. Despite what Autodesk marketing might say there is more to 3D/CAD/AEC than just Autodesk products. 

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