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Super lineup of speakers at VRX London! Grab a discount code from me, and checkout my Panel talk – Beyond gaming: The Possibilities of VR.

Super lineup of speakers at VRX London! Grab a discount code from me, and checkout my Panel talk – Beyond gaming: The Possibilities of VR. | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
VRX brings together 500 individuals from across video games, entertainment and B2B sectors to demonstrate the latest hardware, unreleased content and real-world uses of virtual reality
Jed Fisher's insight:

May 12-13, 2016, London.
http://events.vr-intelligence.com/vrxeurope/index.php

 

With a headline of "Deliver Incredible Consumer Experiences as Virtual Reality Goes Mainstream in 2016" you can see why 4D Pipeline is a big fan of this awesome event.

 

There are some fantastic VR speakers at the event, from games, film, and industry. http://events.vr-intelligence.com/vrxeurope/conference-speakers.php

 

I'll have the honor of being part of the panel: Beyond gaming: The possibilities VR opens up for multiple other content streams.

 

Would be great to see some of you there.

We'll be in London most of this week. Feel free to ping me at jed(at)4Dpipeline(dot)com  (feel free to also ping me for a nice discount code ;-))

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Car Dashboard UI Collection

Car Dashboard UI Collection | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Nowadays nearly every car manufacturer implements digital dashboards. Here is a collection of some of them.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Athletics, information, UX, and Fun! - where can these topics be more relevant than with a Cars Dashboard?! Here is a lovely visual listing of example digital dashboards that are being made.

I suspect most of these have been made with tools such as NVIDIA's Drive Studio and UI Composer (or alternative tools such as Rightware).  

I love User Experience design. Much of my approach comes from early lessons and concepts that originated from Edward Tufte (See http://www.edwardtufte.com/ ). Edward is all about making every piece of data count, not wasting, and certainly not making "useless" UI. Looking at these dashboards, some seem to do a great job - others to me look horrific. 

Dash design is more important than ever. Cars are being "re-imagined" now (we've even got Johnny Ive looking at cars now). Consumers notice and care about UI/UX more than ever. We've more data to provide are more context aware than ever. So much can be done. Please Car Designers - dont let us down! And if you want a hand - give me a yell! I would love a chance to work more in space! :-)

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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 - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | 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
Via Mohir
Jed Fisher's insight:
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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Augmented Reality 3D tracker (Ford Ordinary Maintenance)

Have you ever had a problem with your car, but were left completely and utterly bewildered when you popped the hood in hopes of fixing it yourself? 

 

Demoed here on a Ford, not only does the app track and virtually label the most important engine components in real-time, it also includes animated demonstrations of where and how to top up fluid levels, and even check the oil. 

Jed Fisher's insight:

Nice use of AR with some 3D shape detection.

This is a good example of a typical 3D AR App that we build for our Clients.
If you have such a need get in touch with me - jed(at)4Dpipeline.com

I look forward to sharing some of our soon to be released projects.

BTW, you can catch the 4D Pipeline team at the AWE2013 next week in Santa Clara, CA, USA, June 4-5. http://augmentedworldexpo.com/

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GM commits to in-car apps by the end of the year

GM commits to in-car apps by the end of the year | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
General Motors has shown off prototypes of its in-car app platform for months, but today the automaker has finally committed turning its tech demos into a reality. In an interview with CNET, March...
Jed Fisher's insight:

In response to Ford Sync (an open App approach) - GM moves forward with it's App strategy. 

 

As mentioned previously, there are so many 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. 


We can hopefully expect to see Apps for radio/entertainment, finding a place to park, locational/GPS services, smart telematics, car service/repair, traffic management, weather/environmental reporting.


More can be found about Ford Sync at http://sco.lt/8zw26L

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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, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, 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.

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Audi R8: Augmented Reality Brochure

Von der Rennstrecke auf die Straße, vom Print-Objekt zu Ihrem persönlichen Augmented Reality Erlebnis. Sehen Sie, wie der Audi R8 interaktiv erlebbar wird --...

Via João Greno Brogueira
Jed Fisher's insight:

A fairly nice example of AR for the Automotive. However i still feel this only just touches the surface of what can be done. I would also like to see more VR included in such brochures (for example, being able to "sit" in the Audi and look around the car from the inside). I'd also love to see more examples outside of sales and marketing for example in service and support (eg. showing how a part in a part catalog can be installed). 

If you are interested in something like this (or better). Contact me jed[at]4dpipeline.com, we are experienced with all the major AR SDKs and technologies.

 

 

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João Greno Brogueira's curator insight, January 13, 2013 7:13 AM

From the racetrack to the street, from the print object to your personal augmented reality experience. See how the Audi R8 is an interactive experience - ...

Jed Fisher's comment, January 13, 2013 3:25 PM
PS great find again João Greno Brogueira, thank you!
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Breaking news - Autodesk Acquires PI-VR

Breaking news - Autodesk Acquires PI-VR | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

"January 8th, 2013. Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), has completed the acquisition of PI-VR, a privately held German software company that specializes in sophisticated realtime visualization technology"

Jed Fisher's insight:

Autodesk continues its acquisition spree, with the latest acquisition of PI-VR  (visualization solutions in automotive and manufacturing).

This is after Autodesk as already acquired similar companies in the past like Opticore, and another German visualization company Numenus.de.

It's also an interesting acquisition as this software will once again compete with Autodesk Showcase.

This leaves Automotive companies now have one less competing visualization solution provider (good and bad). It's now Autodesk, Autodesk, Autodesk, or RTT, Bunkspeed, or a few others.

I suspect, RTT and Bunkspeed, will continue to innovate and set the pace for Autodesk to follow.

More analysis to come.

 

 

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Awesome March events with 4D Pipeline – Product Innovation PI Munich + Autodesk Automotive Innovation Forum + Game Developer Conference (San Fran)!

Awesome March events with 4D Pipeline – Product Innovation PI Munich + Autodesk Automotive Innovation Forum + Game Developer Conference (San Fran)! | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Ping me for a discount code! (jed[at]4Dpipeline.com)


Big March 2016 Events:


1) Product Innovation PI Munich - March 8 + 9 - Munich, Germany. 
(4D Pipeline is a sponsor partner of this awesome event)
http://munich.pi.tv/

2) Autodesk Automotive Innovation Forum - March 8 + 9 - Munich, Germany.

3) Game Developer Conference - March 14 - 18 - San Francisco, CA, USA.www.gdconf.com

Jed Fisher's insight:

Great to be a sponsor partner for the PI Munich event.

Ping me for a discount code! 

jed (at) 4Dpipeline.com

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Ford demonstrates VR prototyping in Immersive Vehicle Environment

Ford demonstrates VR prototyping in Immersive Vehicle Environment | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
We recently had a rare opportunity to take a look into a few areas of Ford’s Melbourne design center that are normally off limits, including the FIVE lab wh...
Jed Fisher's insight:

Interesting article to follow the Unity/Oculus partnership. Excellent example of how a tool like Unity/Oculus can benefit a company like Ford. 

What's nice about this article is it gives you an insight into Fords workflow, everything comes from the CAD. I've worked with most of the Automotive companies and it's a fascinating but complex process to see how these vehicles are designed and iterated through. UX/usability, styling, performance, are all being tested and fed back to the CAD for continuous checking and iteration. Lots of moving parts (no pun intended :)). 

Anyway - good read - Thanks to Robert from Motus Ventures for the link.

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Honda and Audi show the future of driving at Nvidia conference

Honda and Audi show the future of driving at Nvidia conference | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
At seminars during the annual Nvidia GPU Technology Conference, Honda and Audi discussed new automotive technologies that could change the way we drive. Read this article by Wayne Cunningham on CNET.
Jed Fisher's insight:

This is a example of just one of the many brilliant talks at this years NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC). 

If you havent done it already pencil in March 24th-27th for the 2014 event. 

BTW, if you happen to work in the automotive or manufacturing sector and use the GPU or products that use the GPU then get in touch with me as there are still some speaker slots open (4D Pipeline is again helping with the organization of it) jed(at)4Dpipeline.com

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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...

Via João Greno Brogueira
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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Nissan shows off Teana with AR

Nissan shows off Teana with AR | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, 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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BMW Driving Simulator.

"Before BMW´s driving assistance systems become reality in the various models, they have to be tested. With the dynamic driving simulator experts can create virtual situations in daily life to check the functionality of these systems. This high-tech testing is necessary to guarantee the passenger´s safety on the road."


Via João Greno Brogueira
Jed Fisher's insight:

Thanks for link João,

The last Ford I rented had terrible visibility with the window reinforcement bar blocking much of my driver side view sight. Nice to see how BMW is trying catch potential design problems like this earlier.

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Ford Moves Ahead with Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing

Ford Moves Ahead with Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Ford has pulled back the curtain on some details of how it is using AM to speed up production in the design and prototype stages.
Jed Fisher's insight:

I'm looking forward to the day a 3D printer can print a 3D printer :-)

So, I've held back on talking about 3D Printing for a while but it's now unavoidable. It's clearly past a fad stage and people are now using 3D printing for new workflows and significant process improvements. Be it a dentist who can now more economically make molds for tooth fillings, or a design engineers who can experiement and better communicate automotive designs, 3D printing is significantly helping.

It's also changing where manufacturing is done, moving manufacturing back to being closer to the customer ( http://www.futureworld.org/PublicZone/MindBullets/MindBulletsDetails.aspx?MindBulletID=637)

This scoop link is good example to how Ford is using it (Additive Manufacturing).

 

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Ford's Letting Anyone Write Apps for Cars with Its New Developer Program

Ford's Letting Anyone Write Apps for Cars with Its New Developer Program | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Starting today, Ford will be rolling out the Ford Developer Program which will let developers anywhere specialize their apps for use with Ford's Sync functionality using Ford AppLink.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Apps, Apps, and Apps.  Will there be an App Marketplace for the car?

Let's think about it. For a marketplace to be successful you need a combination of suppliers + consumers + focused content. 

If this goes into all Ford cars then you certainly have a huge potential consumer base; and it looks like Ford is opening this up to developers (suppliers and content providers), so it could be very good, with many potential Apps which would specialize in improving the vehicle experience.

The key to me is finding content and suppliers that really do this, rather than just taking the mobile Apps and porting them to the Ford App world (why not just connect my phone via bluetooth, etc). 

That said, there are ton of exciting Apps ideas that could do amazing things for the in-vehicle experience.

(Could also create some great liability cases :-) For example, an App distracts the driver, who's fault?) 

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