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Insights into product strategy, emerging technology with Mobile, 3D, Augmented Reality, VR, Visualization,CAD, PLM, AEC, BIM, and downstream 3D. Curated by Jed Fisher http://blog.4Dpipeline.com @4Dpipeline - Making digital products customers love.
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The 6 principles of design [infographic]

The 6 principles of design [infographic] | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
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Design. Off-topic.

Nice infographic summarizing some key elements of design.

Let's start a campaign - no more programmer UI's! 

Seeing potentially great Apps with poor UI/UX hurts so much!

At 4D Pipeline we help companies get it all right - Define | Design | Develop | Deploy! Ping me if you need a hand with any or all of these. #domore with 4D Pipeline


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These bionic suits are changing the lives of people who never thought they'd walk again

These bionic suits are changing the lives of people who never thought they'd walk again | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
VIDEO: "It was just so natural... all I had to do was lean left and right and shift my weight a little bit."
Jed Fisher's insight:

Off-topic post for me but i'm so excited about these wearable robotic exoskeleton suits which help people who are paralyzed walk. They have been making huge improvements and are now FDA approval.

Really exciting technology. The year/age of robotics is coming closer and closer, these are just one early example of the many great things we will see.

From a product point of view, it's interesting to hear that they are using big data for continuous improvement - i.e. they send back their usage data for the engineers to analyze and improve the devices further.

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Simplicity is much more than just the absences of clutter

Simplicity is much more than just the absences of clutter | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

“True simplicity is derived from so much more than just the absences of clutter or ornamentation. It’s about bringing order to complexity.”
- Jony Ive

Jed Fisher's insight:

My favorite Jony Ive quote.


And another this made me think of from Albert:

"Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein

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

Apple vs. Google: It's War, and Thank Goodness | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Let's face it: the tech world has been spoiling for a good, clean fight for years. And now we have one.
Jed Fisher's insight:

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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CENTR 360 Video Camera Will Hold

CENTR 360 Video Camera Will Hold | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
It’s an exciting time for video right now. Advances like Lytro are changing how we think about still photography, and the sudden proliferation of 4K means better videography and film are cheaper and easier. CENTR stands out, however, not least for what it delivers… namely 360-degree video in a small package. Central Station The CENTR …
Jed Fisher's insight:

Off topic.

I never expected to buy another camera (except for future phones) however this changes my mind. 360 photos and videos are not only great for 3D HDR environments but also for capturing a moment. Imagine being able to "look around" the photo/video/moment. 

Very cool.

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Dassault Systemes: The Evolution of the Business Presentation

Dassault Systemes: The Evolution of the Business Presentation | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Jed Fisher's insight:

Neat infographic by Dassault on presentations technologies.

I think many of the 3D technologies work great in showrooms/retails/entertainment. When it comes to business presentations - it's worth mentioned Prezi as well.

 

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cloudBoard: keep curiosity alive with hands-on gaming

A child of boardgames + videogames, cloudBoard teaches kids problem solving skills through hands-on play. You can also develop on it.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Off topic - a really great programming style game for kids. Physical puzzle plus software: cloudBoard.

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Steve Blank on "Play it forward" culture

Steve Blank on "Play it forward" culture | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Silicon Valley has a “pay-it-forward” culture where we try to help each other without asking for anything in return. It’s a culture that emerged in the 60’s semiconductor business when competitors would help each other solve bugs in their chip fabrication process. It continued in the 1970’s with the emergence of the Homebrew Computer Club, and it continues today. Since I teach, I tend to prioritize my list of meetings with first my current students, then ex-students, then referrals from VC firms I’ve invested in, and then others. But still with that list, and now with a thousand plus ex-students, I have more meeting requests than I possibly can handle. (One of the filters I thought would keep down the meetings is have meetings at the ranch; an hour from Stanford on the coast, but that hasn’t helped.)

Jed Fisher's insight:

Steve Blank is always fantastic, this article is actually titled "How to Get Meetings with People Too Busy to See You", however I've highlighted the part about "play it forward" culture. 

Play it forward, or "good karma" is something that I would like to think I've always done. It's only in recent years that I've come come across the term and heard it's history, Blank provided the best summary of it.

What amazes me is that this is not "standard practice" all over the world. Some people just don't get it!?! Thankfully though many people do get it and the movement is spreading. Let's spread the word, let's share the good Karma, and let's play it forward! Let's #domore

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Jed Fisher's comment, August 30, 2013 2:20 PM
A good friend uses the expression "Dont shit where you eat" ;-) i like this even more :)
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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)


Via Jed Fisher
Jed Fisher's insight:

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

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Jed Fisher's curator insight, June 9, 2013 1:22 PM

Repeat of one of my favorites

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Car Dashboard UI Collection

Car Dashboard UI Collection | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, 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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Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer

Disney rendered its new animated film on a 55,000-core supercomputer | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

"We've said it many, many times. We made the movie on a beta renderer," says Hank Driskill, technical supervisor for Big Hero 6. "It was very much in progress." Driskill is referring to Hyperion, the software Disney created from the ground up to handle the film's impressive lighting. It's just one of about three dozen tools the studio used to bring the robotics-friendly world of San Fransokyo to life.

... "In a way, Big Hero 6 is a love letter to technology"...

Jed Fisher's insight:

Like Pixar, Disney Animation makes great movies and is also pushing the limits of computer animation technology. Their latest movie Big Hero 6, uses 55,000 Cores! 1.1 million rendering hours per day!

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The Science Behind Why Jeff Bezos' 2-Pizza Rule Works

The Science Behind Why Jeff Bezos' 2-Pizza Rule Works | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Keeping team sizes small makes communication more effective. Here's why.
Jed Fisher's insight:

Very original article.
If you know me you know I'm a big fan of communicating, collaboration, and being as transparent and clear as possible.

At 4D Pipeline we take pride in the fact that the insight and transparency we provide is often better than that of what people have from their "own" core team. 

We are big advocates of lean cross functional dev teams, i.e. small fast teams that get sh!t done. Usually no more than 5-6 people (inline with article) and as a team they have all the expertise they need (eg Product Manager, Dev's, Usability Expert, ..), they have the right people and as required can get help and pull in info, roles are clear, fast and lean.

We use scrumboard religiously - at any point it's super clear what's being done, who's doing what, what's up next. And usually keep to our 16 minute scrums per day.

All these things help keep communication and transparency up but overhead down. Contact me to find out some of the other best practices we employ to get projects done right - on time, on budget.

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The Internet in Real-Time

The Internet in Real-Time | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
From tweets to likes, see how fast data is generated every second on the internet in this interactive visualization.
Jed Fisher's insight:

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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Whatever happened to Netscape?

Whatever happened to Netscape? | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Netscape's story reads like a proper fairy tale: takeovers, fierce and hostile competition, split-ups, a giant payout and even a dragon! While Netscape
Jed Fisher's insight:

The rise and fall of Netscape.

One of the first great successes and then failures of the internet.

A lesson to why Agile matters.

A lesson to why putting the customer first matters.

"Developers" like to build. Creating a great product is more than just this.

Creating a product requires a clear Definition (positioning, biz model, purpose, ...), Design (UX which a customer loves, ...), Development (fast, efficient, agile, customer driven), Deployment (goto market strategy, ...). Do your 4D's right.

Anyway - if you don't know the Netscape story this is well worth a read. Slightly off topic.

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The difficult art of a good brainstorm

The difficult art of a good brainstorm | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, and CAD. | Scoop.it

How can companies best come up with the good ideas needed to ensure their smooth running and further expansion? ...

Real creative thinking may better (and more realistically) emerge from quiet contemplation of a problem.

Jed Fisher's insight:

#off-topic

Many people ask me how the 4D Pipeline team works so well when often we generally quite distributed. There are many answers but in short - we try to replicate perhaps a similar setup to those gentlemen in the above photo.

On each project, we work closely (and personally) as an empowered cross functional team - we do daily scrums, we have a kanban board, we use timesheets and dev diaries, most importantly, we listen, learn, brainstorm, think, repeat, and iterate on designs and solutions that customers love.

I've found that for effective brainstorming (and problem solving in general) it helps to focus first on the problem or the pain/need we are trying to solve, understand this before jumping to the solution/how.  It may sound obvious but too often people get ahead of themselves.

Having a cross functional team available with great communication and a common understanding of the problem helps greatly, this to me is more important that any location or physical setup.

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Your most important skill: Empathy - Chad Fowler

Empathy is the most important skill you can practice. It will lead to greater success personally and professionally and will allow you to …

Jed Fisher's insight:

Off-topic. Empathy

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Vicki 's curator insight, January 23, 2014 5:14 AM

A great article - I totally agree with this, and try to practice empathy in my daily life, although putting principle into practice isn't always easy!

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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, Mobile, 3D, AR, VR, 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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The future of software developers

Joel On Software - thoughts on the new generation programmers.

Jed Fisher's insight:

Development Off-topic.

Recently I've worked with another (contracting) development group and must say that I've been thoroughly unimpressed. I remember when I started out as a programmer the "oldschool" programmers at that time probably thought that I wasnt hardcore enough, perhaps thinking that I should have had to have learnt punch card assembly programming. 

Now I tend to mostly agree with this article and think that the "new-school" programmers dont have enough grounding in the details of implementation but that said, I must remind myself that the new generation is not better or worse, simply adapted and grown by the current environment. It is fundamentally important for me and the other "oldschool" programmers to continue to learn and adapt and to mix the best of old with new. 

Good food for thought this article. The cycle of life continues :-)

 
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