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Here's a New Way to Look at Competitors

Here's a New Way to Look at Competitors | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Every startup I see invariably puts up a competitive analysis slide that plots performance on a X/Y graph with their company in the top right.The slide is a holdover from when existing companies
Jed Fisher's insight:

I always feel like I've made a small step toward PM enlightenment when I get Steve Blank validation on the methods I employ. 

Competition review really requires honesty and empathy.

Don't do yourself injustice by holding fast to your strengths and discounting the competition. Look closely at them, understand their SWOT, strategies, and focus points. Lay it out clearly and keep these graphs updated. It is only by doing this can you really systematically do better. 

Steve Blank is the guru and master strategist of Product Management. Sun Tzu said the same thing a long time ago (with his often misquoted quote)

"So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.

If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.
If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself".

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Tesla’s Groundbreaking UX: An interview with User Interface Manager Brennan Boblett | UX Magazine

Tesla’s Groundbreaking UX: An interview with User Interface Manager Brennan Boblett | UX Magazine | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Via Peter Zalman
Jed Fisher's insight:

Good read and food for thought. I like Peter miss good ole fashion knobs that i can touch by feeling them. That said, I'm glad some companies are trying to reimagine car UX.

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Peter Zalman's curator insight, November 5, 2013 3:12 AM

Still not convinced..How to work with large display at night, or how to reach a knob without looking at it..

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Augmented reality goes mainstream: 12 applications for design and construction firms

Augmented reality goes mainstream: 12 applications for design and construction firms | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Thanks to inexpensive mobile devices and increasingly advanced software apps, Building Teams are finally able to bring their BIM models to life on the job site.
Jed Fisher's insight:

So many people are rightfully skeptical for Augmented Reality. It's often a technology searching for a use case.

In BIM/AEC there are many use cases that AR is perfect for. Seeing what's behind a wall, x-ray vision, comparing design with "as built", seeing scheduling or what part of the building is in use.

Expect to see some of the most useful AR being in the building sector (and downstream). 

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4D Pipeline - Define | Design | Develop | Deploy

4D Pipeline - Define | Design | Develop | Deploy | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

- Making Ideas and Products Successful.

- Agile Software Design and Development.

- We help you make great products that your customers love! Simple as that!

Ping me jed [at] 4Dpipeline.com

 

 


Via Jed Fisher
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You need a secret weapon? Give me a shout.

Ping me jed [at] 4Dpipeline.com

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Visualization And Simulation Are Powerful Sales Tools

Visualization And Simulation Are Powerful Sales Tools | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Several years ago I enjoyed the singular experience of listening to astronaut Don Lind, an early pioneer in the race for space, talk about his experience and some of the many lessons he learned during two decades of service in the space program...
Jed Fisher's insight:
Like the title says. Visualization And Simulation Are Powerful Sales tools. 

See, Experience = Understand.

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Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2014

Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2014 | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

The growth of 3-D printers is projected to be 75 percent in the coming year, and 200 percent in 2015. Gartner suggests that “the consumer market hype has made organizations aware of the fact 3-D printing is a real, viable and cost-effective means to reduce costs through improved designs, streamlined prototyping and short-run manufacturing.”


Via Carlos Garcia Pando
Jed Fisher's insight:

2014 already...

I must admit, my cloud data is a flucking mess... I've photos and docs all over the place, upon thinking about this i stopped and spent 45 minutes cleaning it all up. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Fakebook, Dropbox, and others are all competiting to take over everything. Ive my email with Gmail but my hardware is Apple, they no longer want to play nice. What to do, what to do... Let's hope 2014 has a plan ;-)

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RTT Buys Bunkspeed, Reaches into New Markets

RTT Buys Bunkspeed, Reaches into New Markets | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
  RTT, already well-known among automotive manufacturers for its DeltaGen 3D visualization software, is snatching up Los Angeles-based Bunkspeed,
Jed Fisher's insight:

Well summarized by the Author.

Nice to see some our (4D Pipeline) customers join forces!

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Google technology could halve construction costs

Google X: Genie could halve construction costs and time to market, earning the company $120 billion a year.
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So what is the mysterious GoogleX doing in the BIM space??!!!

Anyone know anything more?!

Sounds very interesting. They sold Sketchup to Trimble. Maybe they'll buy Trimble back :)

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AU fallout: Why Autodesk wants into social, badly - WorldCAD Access

Digging through the backlot of my blog posting software, I discovered several items I had written but never posted. Here is one, written after I came back from Autodesk University 2012. - - - I was puzzled why Autodesk this...

Via Peter Zalman
Jed Fisher's insight:

Interesting article. 
Often "social" is not viewed as mission critical. Other features come first. 

Social cannot simply be ignored. It's not a feature - it's way more than that. It needs to be part of your product (and company) DNA. Social/sharing matters incredibly. Do it and do it right. Lean from Instagram and Dropbox and other great socially connected Apps.

Focus on workflows that make sense to be social and collaborative. Change your product, change the industry, change the "slow" workflow, reach people. Involve.

 

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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, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, 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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It’s Over For Paid Apps, With A Few Exceptions

It’s Over For Paid Apps, With A Few Exceptions | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Is it over for paid mobile apps? That's the general thinking these days, as the App Stores fill up with "good enough" alternatives to paid apps, while major publishers game the charts with free offerings that make millions which can then be used...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Gone are the days of writing a simple App/Game and charging $1 for it to make a million...

The App Store is now incredibly competitive and the biggest challenge is route to market and just being found.

Even when your App is found it's hard to charge for it. One, people now expect and want "free", and two, because of the very nature of an App. i.e. An App should solve a single serve need, i.e. do one thing (point solution) really well. 

The challenge from a business model point of view is it's hard to charge for this and hard to defend against (someone else doing the same thing). 

So instead aim to solve a *complete* customer workflow (or workflows), this is valuable, this is significant. To do this however often (not always) requires more than just an App, it requires a platform of sorts. The advantage of doing all this work is it opens the door for different business models (SaaS, etc) and is also easier to defend against.

As always, the best rule of thumb is to *solve a customer need*. If you do this, you can make money from it. Guaranteed.

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Intel Futurist Shows How You’ll Download and Program Your Own Robot Next Year

Intel Futurist Shows How You’ll Download and Program Your Own Robot Next Year | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Want a robot? Next year you may be able to download one.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Off topic - but this involves 3D printing of parts to build robots!

Wouldn't it be cool when - 

a) we have 3D printers which can print all the parts to make 3D printers(!)

b) can print 3D robots to help them assemble the printers

c) is rewarded for self replication :)

d) is equipped with our best AI/neural-nets technology which can evolve with each printers life and each new generation.

Then finally we can see the Rise of the Machines!

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Remembering Hiroshi Yamauchi, The Man Who Made Nintendo

Remembering Hiroshi Yamauchi, The Man Who Made Nintendo | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Hiroshi Yamauchi was the president of Nintendo from 1949 to 2002, and might be the person most responsible for bringing gaming into mainstream culture. He shepherded the company when it was a small business selling playing cards, and, through ingenious marketing, turned hobbyist idols like Zelda, Mario, and a swath of others, into cultural touchstones. He died today at 85.

Jed Fisher's insight:

RIP Hiroshi-San...

Remember a time before Xbox's? Way back when there was a company called Sega? And when the only serious computer was a Commodore64? If you remember this you remember the beginning of the computer game era - you remember Nintendo fondly, you remember the Nintendo Power Glove (20 years before it's time!), you remember the first Super Mario Brothers. You remember arguing which was better Sega or Nintendo.

People like Apple as a company but man - look at Nintendo. Seriously for me it is one of the most awesome companies ever - largely thanks to Hiroshi Yamauchi.

Why do i love Nintendo, the company Yamauchi build, here are some of the reasons:

- Made millions of kids happy;

- Broke new ground repeatedly in hardware - (consoles, gloves, dance mats, handheld consoles, Wii), in design, in characters, and of course in gaming - Super Mario Brothers is just one example;

- Was/is always the underdog - survived and often beat Sega, Sony, Commodore, Atari, Microsoft, and many others;

- Chose not to make or allow violent (rated M+ games) - they made their business on "wholesome fun" - no Grand Theft Auto, no Wolfenstein, no blood, no sex, just good ole fun games and great characters. 

- Made games that girls and mums and dads played (look at Wii).

- Affordable

- Transitioned from Board games to Computer games, started in 1949.

 

A nice company that treated it's customers right and made games that people love. 

 

Thank you Hiroshi Yamauchi, RIP...

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Meet Sense, 3D Systems’ Cheap, Dead-Simple 3D Scanner For The Masses

Meet Sense, 3D Systems’ Cheap, Dead-Simple 3D Scanner For The Masses | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

"We’ve seen more than a few startups cook up their own impressive 3D scanners — there’sMakerbot and its Digitizer, and dark horse Occipital with its mobile Structure sensor just to name a few — but one of the oldest and biggest names in 3D printers is clearly itching to get in the game too. South Carolina-based 3D Systems just recently outed a cheapish, consumer-friendly scanner called the Sense, and I swung by Engadget’s Expand show in New York this weekend to see the thing in action." ...


Via João Greno Brogueira, Rachael Dalton-Taggart
Jed Fisher's insight:

Looks like a nice solution, curious the what the resulting mesh is like. (good comments above). 

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Rachael Dalton-Taggart's curator insight, November 11, 2013 1:57 PM

This scanner is, I think, a perfect addition to the low-end market, using integrated software from 3D Systems' Geomagic to manage the scanning process properly, and dovetailing the data into Cubify products as well as export to other desktop CAD systems.

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InsideAR: The Augmented Reality Conference - 2013 Demos

InsideAR: The Augmented Reality Conference 2013 http://www.metaio.com/insideAR (InsideAR: The Augmented Reality Conference - 2013 Demos: http://t.co/2v92UfzkTO)...

Via Mohir
Jed Fisher's insight:

Nice summary of the InsideAR event. As always Metaio does a nice job with the event. This year it was at the same location as RTT Excite. I would have liked to have seen some newer speakers this year (many repeats from last year). I particularly liked Gabriel from Mitsubishi Electric who showed a great example of AR for sales . Also VW/Audi are also doing some nice things in this space (see my previous scoops). And lots of fun to see SAP present Visual Enterprise and step by step instructions on the mobile (the Visual Enterprise technology is from my old company Right Hemisphere).

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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, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, 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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Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Market Worth 1.06 Billion by 2018

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VR/AR is not a market in itself, it's a technology, hence it doenst make so much sense to measure. Nevertheless, some market data for those looking for it.

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Ex-Valve employees crowdfund augmented reality glasses

Ex-Valve employees crowdfund augmented reality glasses | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Via Mohir
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Google Glass has been a catalyst for AR and for wearable computers. Unfortunately it was limited when it came to AR, however we are now seeing many companies coming out with AR enabled glasses, Vuzix is probably the leader today, now we are seeing many new startups coming into this space.

 

Also see http://www.slashgear.com/ora-true-augmented-reality-glasses-to-ship-in-january-22302688/

 
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Only the Best HDR Light Studio Support in Bunkspeed 2014

Only the Best HDR Light Studio Support in Bunkspeed 2014 | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Bunkspeed 2014 products now support a seamless live integration with HDR Light Studio 4… providing an amazing new lighting experience.

Lightmap and Bunkspeed have worked closely to develop a tight integration that provides seamless new lighting features for Bunkspeed users. For example, placing lights in the shot is as simple as clicking on the model in the render view...

More also at http://blog.bunkspeed.com/?p=1837

 

Jed Fisher's insight:

 1+1=3!

What do you get when you combine two of the best 3D products out there - an insanely awesome experience!

 

Well done to Bunkspeed and Lightmap for their product integration. Really happy to see this.

 

To make a beautiful CGI picture you need a 3D model, materials, and lighting.  The formula being:

Beautiful Image = beautiful 3D model + beautiful materials + beautiful lighting.

 

Model - use your favorite 3D/CAD package,

Material & Environment - use Bunkspeed,

Light - with HDR  Light Studio,

(And with NVIDIA GPU hardware it's even better/faster)

 

These product matchup perfectly together. 

 

Bunkspeed is well known and loved for their super simple to use product with it's great user experience. Now with HDR Light Studio integration this goes even further, HDR Light Studio like Bunkspeed has a great UX -  allowing you to "paint" light on with it's "LightPaint" technology.

 

Nice job! Fantastic to see. 

 

Full disclosure - It's my honor to share that 4D Pipeline provides services to these awesome companies (Bunkspeed, Lightmap, and also NVIDIA). (Also Image courtesy of Daniel Simon - if you've not heard him speak or seen his work - catch his talk at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference)

 

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Seene Uses Computer Vision To Create Unique And Eerie 3D Images On iPhone

Seene Uses Computer Vision To Create Unique And Eerie 3D Images On iPhone | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Seene, an app by computer vision company Obvious Engineering that leverages smartphone sensors and WebGL to present curious and eerie 3D scenes. The app is the product of four-man team including CEO Andrew McPhee and CTO Sam Hare. The ‘seenes’ themselves are images mapped onto a rough 3D model of your subject that give the feeling of being able to shift perspective even after you’ve shot it.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Very cool and creative idea. Nice job and neat use of computer vision and webgl usage.

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This Is the Average Man's Body

This Is the Average Man's Body | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Graphic renderings of modern males. Todd is the most typical of American men. His proportions are based on averages from CDC anthropometric data. As a U.S. male age 30 to 39, his body mass index (BMI) is 29; just one shy of the medical definition of obese. At five-feet-nine-inches tall, his waist is 39 inches.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Great example on how 3D visualization helps people understand data.

Further, such data can be used in simulations (car crashes for example) and access/reach (headroom in a car for example). 

Very handy.

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Eyewear shopping app turns your headshot into 3D image

Eyewear shopping app turns your headshot into 3D image | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
CSIRO's Smart Vision AR tech makes it easy to get a realistic idea of what your next pair of shades will look like on you. Read this article by Tim Hornyak on CNET.
Jed Fisher's insight:

InsideAR conference is tomorrow - so let's do another AR post today. This is one from a small AR company in Australia. They like many others have attempted to solve eye wear with AR. Unlike others they seem to have done a very nice job of it. Definitely give the video a watch this is much better than other examples. 

What I like is their approach, instead of trying to solve it all in realtime AR and have poor user experiences they do a face scan first then apply the sunglasses and let you adjust. They've also done a nice job of focusing on other aspects such as sharing/comparison.

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Volkswagen develops augmented reality service manual for the XL1

Volkswagen develops augmented reality service manual for the XL1 | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
After developing an augmented reality car manual for the Audi A3 and similar software for wearables like Glass, Metaio certainly knows a thing or two
Jed Fisher's insight:

Another nice AR solution by MetaIO. 

Also looking forward to the Metaio InsideAR conference in Munich October 10th/11th. If you plan to attend and would like to meet up  - give me a yell jed(at)4dpipeline.com 

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Spike Kickstarter Project Puts Accurate Laser Measurement Hardware Right On Your Smartphone

Spike Kickstarter Project Puts Accurate Laser Measurement Hardware Right On Your Smartphone | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Smartphones have pretty good cameras, but nowhere near good enough to do the kind of high accuracy measurement work that's required for engineering or remodelling projects.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Very neat and damn useful.

Very helpful for AR and 3D shape detection as well.

 

 

 

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Carlos Garcia Pando's comment, October 2, 2013 5:34 PM
Very interesting and useful tool as complementary for outdoor photogrammetry techniques.
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Lagoa Acquires 3D Editor 3DTin

Lagoa Acquires 3D Editor 3DTin | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Montreal-based Lagoa has acquired in-browser 3D editor 3DTin. The company announced its acquisition on its blog. 3DTin is used for 3D model and 3D printing...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Nice move by Lagoa. After TinkerCAD almost/essential went bust earlier this year (only to be acquired at the last minute by Autodesk) Lagoa has bought up their competitor 3DTin.

Lagoa now has a nice cloud renderer, developer API, and now content createion in the cloud + 3D Printing. 

 

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