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Heads Turn as Microsoft Shows Off 3D Scanning Techniques - Ina ...

Heads Turn as Microsoft Shows Off 3D Scanning Techniques - Ina ... | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

The software giant demonstrates three different means of capturing a fully three-dimensional scan: a simple smartphone app, the depth-sensing Kinect sensor and a more elaborate camera array.


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Autodesk’s 2014 AEC Portfolio: AECbytes

Autodesk’s 2014 AEC Portfolio: AECbytes | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

This month, in what is now an annual event, Autodesk released its 2014 product portfolio, comprising of some new products and updated versions of its existing products across all of its “Design and Creation Suites” for the three main industries it caters to: Manufacturing, Infrastructure (including Buildings), and Media and Entertainment. As of now, it has seven such suites: AutoCAD Design Suite; Building Design Suite; Entertainment Creation Suite; Factory Design Suite; Infrastructure Design Suite; Plant Design Suite; and the Product Design Suite. Although Autodesk seems to be focused equally on the three target industries mentioned above, it has diversified the suites it develops for the Infrastructure sector, where they are now more specialized tools for the design and construction of buildings, factories, plants, and infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and so on....


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The Leap Motion experience at SXSW 2013

The Leap Motion experience at SXSW 2013 | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Ross Miller demos Leap Motion's final hardware and its promising suite of apps and games at SXSW 2013.

 

Jed Fisher's insight:

This is awesome. Like your own mini LIDAR.


HP and other PCs to distribute.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2034751/leap-motion-3d-controller-coming-to-hp-pcs-and-other-unnamed-devices.html

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Carlos Garcia Pando's comment, May 15, 2013 10:16 AM
Yes, I've been following them but can't really get one. I'm now creating applications for the Asus Xtion
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Interactive Projection Mapping using Kinect - Final Beta

Interactive Projection Mapping - Final Beta Used: Windows Kinect and 1 Beamer (both hanging on top) Almost complete, some small bugs are still present.

Via João Greno Brogueira
Jed Fisher's insight:

Very nice

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3D BIM for downstream users in field and facility management

3D BIM for downstream users in field and facility management | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

THE CONCEPT OF FIELD BIM
There are now increasing initiatives in the construction industry to ‘virtualise’ the access to BIM data, to move it away from a static office environment and to enable it to become relevant on-site. GPS and Wi-Fi enabled handheld Toughbooks and iPads are seen by some as the ideal interface to facilitate ‘field BIM’ and communicate building information bi-directionally between individual operators in the field and a central server. They allow crews on site (both during and after construction) to interrogate the physical building, referencing it to a virtual information model (or vice versa) that contains information about construction or O&M aspects.

Jed Fisher's insight:

If you've been reading my blog for a while you will see that one of the things I'm very excited about are the changes and opportunities in the BIM and AEC/O (Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Owners) space.

 

With similarities to the manufacturing PLM space, the AEC BIM space is finally modernizing itself and starting to take advantage of all the tremendous advances in mobile, collaboration, cloud, access anywhere, etc.

 

It's awesome to see 3D Visual BIM data becoming more and more accessible to downstream people, i.e. not just Architect and Engineers but owners, facility managers, and building occupants.

 

This is a great article as it reminds us that there are still truckloads (pun) of opportunities in the construction and field BIM space. We've seen a few AEC ISV companies operating in this space namely Vela (bought up by Autodesk) and also Latista. However I am sure that in the coming months we'll see more. In particular, we'll see more easy to install Apps for the field (and FM) that work with existing BIM data (if you haven't already, take a look at the bim+ approach www.bimplus.net ).

 

Exciting times ahead in the for Owners and Consumers of BIM data and all those wanting to interact and access information from buildings and from the process of building buildings.

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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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Brand Storytelling: 10 Steps to Start Your Content Marketing Hero’s Journey

Brand Storytelling: 10 Steps to Start Your Content Marketing Hero’s Journey | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

There are no hard-and-fast rules for brand storytelling, but the classics can guide you. The structure is meant to provide a platform to help you to develop a way to tell your story, or maybe to discover what’s missing from your existing story. It’s not a template for the story — this is an important distinction, because your story will be unique to you, your brand, and the experience you are trying to create.

 

Read the full article to find out how to use these 10 steps (shown in the image above) to start your content marketing hero's journey.


Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose), Harpal S.sandhu
Jed Fisher's insight:

"What If"is a powerful concept

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Lagoa Debuts Cloud Based 3D Design Platform, Raises $1.6M From 500 Startups

Lagoa Debuts Cloud Based 3D Design Platform, Raises $1.6M From 500 Startups | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Atlas | TechCrunch

From physical to digital rendering, 3D is being hailed by many as the future, and today, Lagoa, one of software startups in this space, is unveiling a new product, called Lagoa, that's helping 3D enter a new dimension: a full 3D rendering and...
Jed Fisher's insight:

This is not as they claim and "Industry First". In fact it amazes me that companies (this is one of a few) are getting funding for this. It's basically grab iRay, add a web UI, and wah lah, physically correct cloud rendering. So why are we seeing them succeed? (or at least gain funding) especially when there are plenty of great companies out there that are clear leaders in this space (RTT, Bunkspeed, ...). So why? 1. consumer approach - it's questionable whether or not this is a smart business model for this type of solution but nevertheless Consumer focus is popular to investors; 2. "reimagining" again popular with investors, trying to take a new approach to a space that has been a red ocean space. 3. cloud, access anywhere. Now it is darn helpful to have cloud based raytracing which can be run from any device and does not require the hardware. It's also good to have a focused business/product on this. 4. Visual. One thing I love about 3D and visualization is people SEE it, they GET it. 5. Simplicity. One thing, one product, one focus. The 2012/2013 companies do this well. Do one thing and do it well. TinkerCAD was a recent casualty in this space. Will be interesting to see how these guys go. I'll be watching

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Lamborghini Reventon 3D body mapping diplay on car

This is a production for SR auto Group to have their Lamborghini Reventon used in a 3D image mapping light and laser show! Enjoy it's quite the visual experi...

Via João Greno Brogueira
Jed Fisher's insight:

Great way to do an automotive product launch. Take a look at Ventuz.com if you want to do a similar one.

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Tinkercad to close its web-based 3D modeling tool, making way for new Airstone project

Tinkercad to close its web-based 3D modeling tool, making way for new Airstone project | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Tinkercad, a browser-based 3D modeling tool that helps everyday people create useful prototypes and professional renders, will be shutting down so that its team can continue developing Airstone, ...
Jed Fisher's insight:

It's sad to see Tinkercad go... Tinkercad had a loyal following of fans but it appears they must have struggled to monetize the business. The tech and team have closed the door but opened a new company call Airstone Labs.

 

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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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Collaboration, Life of a 3D PDF in the AEC Industry

3D PDF Collaboration in the AEC Industry

Via João Greno Brogueira
Jed Fisher's insight:

It's so interesting that the 3D PDF format that my team at Right Hemisphere helped create and establish with Adobe, is now, years later making a resurgence.

While I was VP Engineering at Right Hemisphere we partnered up with Adobe to create this 3D PDF standard and add support to Adobe Acrobat.The technology was (and still is) pretty good, the key however is that PDF makes so much sense as a collaboration standard, all it was missing was 3D, so this is why we added it. 

Unfortunately since then Adobe seems to have near abandoned support for authoring the format. It's still a published Standard but Adobe hasn't added support to their iOS mobile viewer (which today is near essential). Thankfully however Techsoft3D has stepped up and is supporting it and providing a library for 3D PDF publishing.

In addition, there are other providers like Quadrispace and Tetra4D providing products to help create 3D PDFs.

Right Hemisphere in the meantime has been purchased by SAP and is now powering the SAP Visual Enterprise. They also have some excellent products that are well worth a review (which also publish high quality collaborative 3D PDFs).

If you'd like to find out more, ping me at  Jed (at) 4Dpipeline.com

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How To Do Kick-Ass Software Development

With Kick-Ass Software Development you actually get stuff done. Feedback cycles are short, code quality is awesome and customers get the features they lust afte
Jed Fisher's insight:

Develop topic. Nice overview on agile methodologies.

Individuals and interactions over and instead of processes and tools.

Working software over and instead of comprehensive documentation.

Customer collaboration over and instead of contract negotiation.

Responding to change over and instead of following a hard plan.

Fake it til you make it. 

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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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Nissan shows off Teana with AR

Nissan shows off Teana with AR | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Nissan shows off Teana with AR. RTT brings the car augmented on stage.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Fantastic example of using Augmented Reality for a product launch. Nice job. Looking forward to seeing more examples like this at RTT Excite later this week! (Munich)

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BIM, augmented reality and collaboration

BIM, augmented reality and collaboration | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

The use of 3D models and handheld devices, coupled with augmented reality technology, has the potential to enable a site operator, engineer, or maintenance technician to better understand advanced modeling data. In addition, it will allow these personnel to work in a more direct and intuitive way than they would with written instructions or electronic manuals.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Too many products add AR as purely just a "feature" (what a waste)..

AR needs to enable something new, an improved use case or a new workflow. Know and understand your customer use cases. Ask the question, how can AR help? 

This is a great example of using AR to show where temporary works (eg: site hoardings, barriers, etc) would be located in a train station.

Don't add a feature, solve a need instead. Well done COMIT + Fiatech + NetworkRail

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Ray Howard's curator insight, April 30, 2013 10:15 AM

Mobile Collaboration Study and Report linked to this article.

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BIM/CAD File Format Support in Architectural iOS Apps

BIM/CAD File Format Support in Architectural iOS Apps | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

The big four BIM players include Autodesk Revit, Bentley Microstation, Graphisoft ArchiCAD and Nemetschek Vectorworks Architect. 

For CAD formats Autodesk DWG is an industry de facto standard. The less proprietary format DXF is also a universal standard for information exchange. Autodesk’s less popular DWF format also has iOS support among apps. Bentley’s approach to iOS apps is its i-model format. One needs the Bentley desktop applications to create i-models.

We have included some open-standard 3D CAD formats with robust market use and acceptance. These are quite common on the MCAD side but also have use in AEC in limited form. Within this group is listed the IFC 2×3 file format for BIM.

We are going to start with propriatary formats first and then review the most popular open formats below.


Jed Fisher's insight:

I've dealt with over 120 3D / 2D Vector formats in my time (the Right Hemisphere platform read about this many), you name it, I've had to deal with it. I know them all and hate them all ;-)  

For the last 15+ years people have talked about one 3D file format to rule them all. It hasn't happened in MCAD, it hasn't happened in DCC/3D, and it's not going to happen in AEC CAD.

That said, it's good to be aware of the main formats, those that are open and those that are proprietary. 

Whether you deal with DWG, DWF, DXF, SKP, IFC, OBJ, 3DM, i-models, or other; this article is useful to you. It's a good overview to the main format supported formats in architectural iOS Apps. It's also part of a good series on iPad Apps for architects

http://architosh.com/2013/03/ultimate-ipad-guide-apps-for-architects/

Let me know any questions you have.

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CIMdata PLM Forum: PLM Never Ends

CIMdata PLM Forum: PLM Never Ends | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
I’ve been attending North American PLM Market & Industry Forum organized by CIMdata earlier today. CIMdata is running these forums across the different geographies. Navigate to the following link to learn more about future locations and forums.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Two in a row, thanks Oleg (if you are interested in PLM and dont follow beyonedplm.com you should!). Thanks also CLM Data.

 

Useful metrics on PLM market size:
- Comprehensive PLM up 11.3% to $33.3b

- Mainstream PLM grew 12.1% to $21b

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First Look: How The Google Glass UI Really Works

First Look: How The Google Glass UI Really Works | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Google Glass has arrived like a piece of sci-fi memorabilia sent from the future.
Jed Fisher's insight:

I've been saying for a while that their is no actual Augmented Reality in the Google Glass, there is potential to be but not yet. Other Glass options like Vuzix do have AR abilities. 

 

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VR is back! Oculus Rift Headset with Quality and Affordable Virtual Reality

VR is back! Oculus Rift Headset with Quality and Affordable Virtual Reality | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Using low-cost components developed for mobile devices, a start-up called Oculus VR hopes to put a high-quality virtual reality headset within reach of video gamers.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Virtual Reality is back and maybe this time to stay!

I recently had a chance to try Oculus at the NVIDIA GTC event and saw firsthand why it's impressing a whole lot of people.

I've been playing with VR headsets for the last 15+ years and this is by far the best experience I've had. What's even better is it's at a cost of  ~$300 (which will probably get even cheaper) (compared to $25K 10 years back).

What's also great is that this is being integrated with existing systems, both content creation tools and viewers and also computer game middleware technology (Unity, etc). Today it's primarily focused on gaming but I really hope we will also get to see some great solutions in Manufacturing, Design, and AEC.

Can't wait to play with my dev kit!

 

About: Oculus VR, have raised $2.4 million from a Kickstarter campaign (one of the most successful ever). The company was founded by Palmer Luckey and the co-founders of Scaleform.The Oculus Rift has been endorsed by big names such as John Carmack, Gabe Newell, Cliff Bleszinski, Michael Abrash, Tim Sweeney, Chris Roberts, David Helgason, and others.

The consumer version is planned to support 1920x1080 resolution.





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Why Ruby?

Why Ruby? | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

I've been a Microsoft developer for decades now but like any pragmatic programmer, I pick the appropriate tool for the job at hand.

But why Ruby?

Jed Fisher's insight:

Develop - Off topic.

I'm often asked by my clients, what's the best platform/language. Of course there is no one answer but Jeff Atwood lays out some of the reasonings that one might choose .net vs RubyOnRails vs ...

 

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Corel and Lattice Technology Form Partnership to Improve Technical
Communication Workflow by Leveraging 3D

Corel and Lattice Technology Form Partnership to Improve Technical<br/>Communication Workflow by Leveraging 3D | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

"Partnership Combines Corel's Industry-Leading Technical Communication Software and Lattice Technology's Innovative 3D XVL Technology, Giving Technical Illustrators a Powerful Tool That Improves Efficiency and Quality of Documentation" ...


Via João Greno Brogueira
Jed Fisher's insight:

Interesting, many years ago Right Hemisphere formed a partnership with Corel. Since then a lot has happened, RH being bought by SAP amongst other things. Looks like technical illustrators still need good automatic drawing generation, looks like Corel has decided that Lattice is the conversion technology to use for the job.

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Game Developers Conference | March 25-29, 2013 | Moscone Convention Center | San Francisco, California

Game Developers Conference | March 25-29, 2013 | Moscone Convention Center | San Francisco, California | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Jed Fisher's insight:

First NVIDIA GTC, then one week later the Game Developers Conference! Two of my favorites. I would love to meet up if you plan to attend GDC. 


Whether you might need a hand with some plugin development, exporter work, or 3D mobile development, 4D Pipeline can help.

Or perhaps you want to help ensure your game will make money? 4D Pipeline can help. 

Often game developers forget that a game is a product, and just like a product/app it should have a clear positioning statement, a focused market, and an innovative business model.

 

Define | Design | Develop | Deploy.

4D Pipeline.

jed (at) 4Dpipeline.com

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Jed Fisher's comment, March 31, 2013 4:50 PM
Good show, not as good as previous years. I was the only person I saw wearing a bright orange Game Developers 2000 shirt :-)
Unity 3D dominated this year. EA and Activision were no shows.
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Creating a Kick A#$ Culture!

The interest on culture debt is really high.

One of the few common characteristics of super-successful companies is that they have a distinct culture.  Google.  Facebook. Zapps. Netflix.  The list goes on and one.  

Maybe you can't create a culture -- but you can certainly destroy it through neglect.  The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics applies here.  Left alone, most things degrade to crap.  In the early days, it's OK to rely on the behavior of the founders and early team to set the culture.  That works great.  The problem with this model is that as you start to grow, there's a fair amount lost in translation.

 

Text from the talk can be found here:

http://onstartups.com/tabid/3339/bid/96107/Culture-Code-Creating-A-Company-YOU-Love.aspx?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=7e8e5e52-88d9-470b-ad50-fa42bbe37cb0

 

Jed Fisher's insight:

Slightly off topic but it's another super article by @Dharmesh that is well worth reposting.

Culture is so often incorrectly focused on or is just "fluffy".

What I really like about this slidedeck is that Dharmesh links Culture to Vision and core product management values. Eg What are we doing? Why are we doing it? What do we believe? How do we get there? Who do we need to help us get there? What does success look like?

 

I find that in the best companies, everyone can answer these questions. It's really very hard todo because they are hard questions(!) Working them out in the firstplace takes time, a good PM process, and discipline. That said, once you have a long term vision and plan to get there, then make sure the team knows it and shares it, make it part of your company DNA.

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Ford Goes Open Source to Speed App Development

Ford Goes Open Source to Speed App Development | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
In the ecosystem gamble of "open" or "closed," Ford is putting all its chips on open.
Jed Fisher's insight:

I'm very interested in this. There are a ton of solutions that really fit well for an in-car experience. The key for the App developers is to make compelling Apps that make sense and work well from within the car. 
I love that this will result in Apps that let me better engage, use, and understand my particular vehicle, it's location, and what can be done with it. 
I'm glad Ford has taken a open approach and not start with some closed

proprietary system. 

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ComplexInsight's curator insight, March 11, 2013 12:29 PM

While initial focus will likely be apps for in car entertainment and information services, the open sourcing of the API's adds a lot of potential for smart telematics apps that better help with traffic management, environmental reporting etc as well. Be worth tracking this.