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With iOS 8, The iPhone Will Become Your Digital Hub

With iOS 8, The iPhone Will Become Your Digital Hub | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
At Macworld 2001, Steve Jobs famously introduced the "digital hub" strategy for the Mac, making it the device where all of the single-purpose gadgets for..
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From startups to Apple/Google/Microsoft, everyone i wanting to own cloud..  Cloud promises to do almost everything but people dont understand Clouds. They do however understand the phone and the concept of it being a digital hub. Behind the scenes it's still a lot of Cloud but the point is - when communicating out focus on the front door, not the backend. Focus on what it does, not how it does it.

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Making digital products customers love. Insights into product strategy & emerging technology with 3D, CAD, Visualization, PLM, AEC, BIM, and downstream 3D. #mobile, #cloud, #game-changing. Curated by Jed Fisher www.4Dpipeline.com @4Dpipeline
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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...
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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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THE BEACONS FAQ: It's Time To Set The Story Straight About Beacons And Apple's iBeacon System

THE BEACONS FAQ: It's Time To Set The Story Straight About Beacons And Apple's iBeacon System | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Beacons are becoming the most rapidly adopted in-store technology since mobile card readers.
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At 4D Pipeline we are increasingly doing more with iBeacons. This is a nice summary on what they are and what they can and cannot do. Like many things they have the potential to annoy/spam but if used intelligently by retailers (and others) they will be incredibly helpful to consumers.

iBeacon lets iPhones and iPads constantly scan for nearby Bluetooth devices. When it identifies a Bluetooth device, like a beacon, it can wake up an app on someone's phone — even if the app is not running. Developers can make their apps responsive to iBeacon by using Apple's Core Location APIs (application programming interfaces) in iOS.
Thanks to @cehl for the link!

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Generating Startup Ideas

“I want to start a company, but I haven’t found a great idea.” I hear this a lot. Even among entrepreneurs who have started companies, many of them focus on the novelty of the idea. Which is understandable, especially within the 140 character attention span we now live in. Able to be summarized into elevator …
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Fantastic advice here. 

- Start with The Problem

-  Map the Customer Journey

- Understand Frequency vs Pain

- And get started with Projects

Great read.

One more that I would add to this which i think fits with the rest of the article is - dont worry about competition. Competition is a good thing, shows there is a Pain. Start with the problem (which still is a problem), and find a better way to solve it. 

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Jaguar Land Rover Virtual Windscreen Concept

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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 …
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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 3D, CAD, and mobile. | 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

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#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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Interactive 360° 3D Display

Interactive 360° 3D Display | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | 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
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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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A business model poem

Business Model Poetry :-)

An idea is not a design
A design is not a prototype
A prototype is not a program
A program is not a product
A product is not a business
A business is not profits
Profits are not an exit
And an exit is not happiness.

-
(from Mike Sellers)


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It's probably good i went into business vs English lit

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Repeat of one of my favorites

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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…


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Good market data.

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Major iOS8 feature - screens recognize object touch size - Will Make Drawing on Your Devices Way More Intuitive

Major iOS8 feature - screens recognize object touch size - Will Make Drawing on Your Devices Way More Intuitive | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Perfecting your artistic technique using a stylus is about to get a whole lot more refined. With the introduction of iOS 8, your screen will be sensitive to the relative width of whatever's running across its surface. That's great news for folks who prefer Paper and other drawing apps to, well, paper.
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A new feature in iOS 8 that slipped under the radar: Screens will now recognize exactly how big the object touching them really is. It's an intuitive step forward for the software, and it gives existing hardware a brand new life.

This is very significant, it goes beyond even drawing, to interaction and gestures. Major!

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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 3D, CAD, and mobile. | 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
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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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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 3D, CAD, and mobile. | 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.


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

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News on the Tango Project.

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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 3D, CAD, and mobile. | 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.

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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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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 3D, CAD, and mobile. | 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.
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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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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 3D, CAD, and mobile. | 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.
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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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JPR: Computer graphics market will exceed $149 billion by 2017

JPR: Computer graphics market will exceed $149 billion by 2017 | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
New research suggests the industry will enjoy 5.5% growth for next few years.
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If you needed another reason to get to Siggraph - here it is! See you there!

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23 Questions To Quickly Identify Your Customer's Core Needs

23 Questions To Quickly Identify Your Customer's Core Needs | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Looking to understand your customer's core needs and win deals with a personalized sales process? Check out this list of 22 sales questions.
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The most important thing in any business.

Understand your customer's needs.

So often i see companies *decide* on their Pricing or the Sales Process.  You can *decide* on this, you need to find it, you need to uncover it, you need to fit it.

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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 3D, CAD, and mobile. | 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

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

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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 3D, CAD, and mobile. | 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
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Interesting for two reasons - CoCreation and 3D Printing and Customizations.

https://localmotors.com/

 

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Metal, a new graphics API for iOS 8

At its recent World Wide Developers Conference, Apple introduced Metal, a new graphics API that’s low-overhead, high efficient, and designed specifically for the A7 chip. It provides a way for game makers to take full advantage of iOS hardware and achieve far greater realism, detail, and interactivity in their games than ever before.

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Nice post by Unity team. Good summary about iOS Metal and how it works and what it enable.

In short - faster and more 3D ;-)

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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 3D, CAD, and mobile. | 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 ...
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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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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 3D, CAD, and mobile. | 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.
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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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The Internet in Real-Time

The Internet in Real-Time | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
From tweets to likes, see how fast data is generated every second on the internet in this interactive visualization.
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Off-topic.

This is pretty cool, although I'm not sure how useful it is, it's almost like counting the number of stars. The numbers are really big! Still pretty cool.

True story - in the early days of the web, KFC used to have a counter on the front page of their website "Number of chickens eaten" (or maybe "served"), it was a realtime counter that was continuously spinning up. mmm chicken.

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The 6 challenges of building an iBeacon app

The 6 challenges of building an iBeacon app | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it

What every developer building for iBeacon needs to know.

Using iBeacon, Apple’s low-powered method of pushing contextual notifications to iPhones in stores, introduces a bunch of messy moving parts, I discovered recently while building an app for the Gluecon conference.

Despite being an experienced iOS developer, I faced the following six distinct challenges.

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At 4D Pipeline we are getting a lot of requests (and recommending) for Apps to work with iBeacon. It's a great technology for sales and marketing apps but as with any technology there are some important facts to keep in mind. This is a good article although i must admit we've not run into many of these problems. 

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With iOS 8, The iPhone Will Become Your Digital Hub

With iOS 8, The iPhone Will Become Your Digital Hub | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
At Macworld 2001, Steve Jobs famously introduced the "digital hub" strategy for the Mac, making it the device where all of the single-purpose gadgets for..
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From startups to Apple/Google/Microsoft, everyone i wanting to own cloud..  Cloud promises to do almost everything but people dont understand Clouds. They do however understand the phone and the concept of it being a digital hub. Behind the scenes it's still a lot of Cloud but the point is - when communicating out focus on the front door, not the backend. Focus on what it does, not how it does it.

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Apple vs. Google: It's War, and Thank Goodness

Apple vs. Google: It's War, and Thank Goodness | 4D Pipeline - Visualizing reality, trends and breaking news in 3D, CAD, and mobile. | Scoop.it
Let's face it: the tech world has been spoiling for a good, clean fight for years. And now we have one.
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Perhaps competition creates innovation but as a user i'm totally frustrated. I've got my google friends, my apple friends, and my one Microsoft friend ;-)

Google services are increasingly "log in with gmail".

Apple services are increasingly "log in with apple".

Browsers/Calendars/Emails/Photosharing/Filesharing, etc all these things are increasingly getting LESS compatible.

Wars have casualties!

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