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Lenovo adds virtual reality certification to budget workstation

Lenovo adds virtual reality certification to budget workstation

ThinkStation P320 seeks to strike a balance between performance and price. Lenovo today launches what it says is a budget-savvy, virtual reality-ready workstation, the ThinkStation P320. The refreshed workstation will be available in both full-size tower and small form factor (SFF). Options include the latest generation of both Intel Xeon processors and Intel Core i7 […]

By March 28, 2017 Read More →
HP Z2 Mini shakes up workstation market

HP Z2 Mini shakes up workstation market

Alex Herrera calls this newest small form factor workstation capable and ridiculously small.   Last quarter, HP unveiled the Z2 Mini, a workstation computer that takes the small form factor (SFF) trend to the extreme. Measuring just 2.3″ x 8.5″ x 8.5″, the Z2 Mini is dramatically smaller (an HP-disclosed 90% smaller) than a traditional […]

By March 21, 2017 Read More →
Boxx introduces new compact CAD workstation

Boxx introduces new compact CAD workstation

The new Apexx 1 1402 packs the latest i7 processing power into a surprisingly bite-sized package. Boxx Technologies recently introduced a new small workstation, the Apexx 1 1402. The company claims it is the world’s smallest workstation to feature an overclocked Intel Core i7 “Kaby Lake” processor. The Kaby Lake processor is Intel’s 7th generation […]

By March 16, 2017 Read More →

Digital Reality

Oculus unveils new virtual reality art software

Oculus unveils new virtual reality art software

Medium for sculpting and Quill for illustrative storytelling will be bundled with new hand-held controllers for use with the Rift VR headset. Oculus, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset recently released its new Oculus Touch controllers with two new VR art applications. The applications, Oculus Medium and Oculus Quill will allow […]

By March 3, 2017 Read More →
DotProduct unveils Handheld 3D imaging anywhere, anytime, anyplace

DotProduct unveils Handheld 3D imaging anywhere, anytime, anyplace

The new DPI-8X works with an Android tablet to offer a more portable option for project scanning. DotProduct recently released its new DPI-8X handheld 3D scanner, a device aiming to put portable, durable, and easy-to-use 3D imaging tools directly into your hands, literally. The DPI-8X works in tandem with an Android tablet and DotProduct’s proprietary […]

By March 2, 2017 Read More →
Jon Peddie Research launches new Visual Processing Unit market report

Jon Peddie Research launches new Visual Processing Unit market report

Tiny new processors are driving innovation in a wide variety of industries. Jon Peddie Research (JPR) today launched a new quarterly report covering the fast-growing Visual Processing Unit (VPU) market. VPUs are specialized processors currently capable of running 10-bit or 12-bit datasets of tens of megapixels at rates of up to 60 or 120 frames […]

By February 7, 2017 Read More →

MFG & PLM

High-end CAD features have migrated to low-price CAD

High-end CAD features have migrated to low-price CAD

TurboCAD and BricsCAD are rewriting the notion that it takes a $5,000 CAD program to do specialized tasks.   By Ralph Grabowski Can we still call CAD “low-end” when it does sheet metal design and direct editing of 3D solids? Programs in the past have been considered low-end CAD when they cost a few hundred […]

By March 14, 2017 Read More →
Intel places $15 billion bet on computer vision

Intel places $15 billion bet on computer vision

Jerusalem-based Mobileye has emerged as a leader in computer vision for transportation; now it will be part of Intel. Intel and computer vision specialist Mobileye today announced Intel will acquire Mobileye in an all-cash offer for approximately $15.3 billion. An Intel subsidiary will make an offer for all outstanding ordinary shares of Mobileye stock for […]

By March 13, 2017 Read More →
The magic of design on display at SolidWorks World 2017

The magic of design on display at SolidWorks World 2017

The maker of the most popular 3D mechanical design software believes design automation will move from “design and validate” to “optimize and manufacture.” By Tony Glockler SolidWorks World is where the magic happens. This year, that magic was literal as the conference kicked off in Los Angeles with death-defying illusions. The magic continued throughout the […]

By March 9, 2017 Read More →

DCC

NASA and Unreal develop VR astronaut training

NASA and Unreal develop VR astronaut training

New mixed reality training methods cut costs and improve the astronaut training process. By Johan Keyter Space exploration and human spaceflight in particular remains one of the most challenging technological hurdles that we face as a species. It may seem like we’ve gotten the hang of things thanks to efforts such as the International Space […]

By March 27, 2017 Read More →
Virtual Reality through the screen door

Virtual Reality through the screen door

Overhyped and under-performing, consumer VR still suffers from latency and gaps in the display. By Jon Peddie I’m seeing more than I want to, or maybe not enough. Our eyes are just too good. Too good for the VR and AR displays we can afford and are able to build today. VR has a taxonomy […]

By March 24, 2017 Read More →
X-Rite Pantone introduces Virtual Light Booth

X-Rite Pantone introduces Virtual Light Booth

Designers can create digital renderings of real-world objects with precise capture of lighting and color. X-Rite Pantone recently introduced its new Virtual Light Booth (VLB), designed to simulate and compare the appearance of physical and virtual materials. As part of the company’s Total Appearance Capture (TAC) suite, the VLB allows for the precise capturing of […]

By March 22, 2017 Read More →

BIZ

Intel places $15 billion bet on computer vision

Intel places $15 billion bet on computer vision

Jerusalem-based Mobileye has emerged as a leader in computer vision for transportation; now it will be part of Intel. Intel and computer vision specialist Mobileye today announced Intel will acquire Mobileye in an all-cash offer for approximately $15.3 billion. An Intel subsidiary will make an offer for all outstanding ordinary shares of Mobileye stock for […]

By March 13, 2017 Read More →
Workstation market shipment increased 20% in fourth quarter

Workstation market shipment increased 20% in fourth quarter

HP pulls ahead in market share, but all players saw increased sales. The workstation market is thriving. In 2Q16, Jon Peddie Research reported results as inspiring. 3Q16 results were even better, record-setting. 4Q16 results require a new level of superlatives. If a mature market like this one can be said to have a “blowout” quarter, […]

By March 7, 2017 Read More →
Complex systems expert to deliver COFES keynote

Complex systems expert to deliver COFES keynote

Melanie Mitchell will explore the “sciences of complexity,” a multi-discipline approach to adaptive behavior in complex systems. An expert in complex systems will deliver the keynote address at COFES 2017, the annual think tank event for the engineering software industry.   Melanie Mitchell is “an intellectual leader in the field of complex adaptive systems and […]

By March 6, 2017 Read More →