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Taking the HP Omen virtual reality backpack for a test walk

Taking the HP Omen virtual reality backpack for a test walk

Jon Peddie is “genuinely delighted” by the possibilities this wearable PC offers. By Jon Peddie When HP announced the Omen X VR backpack computer in May, I said, “Wow! — I bet they’ll sell hundreds of them.” I may have to eat those words, and it would delight me if I do. The problem with […]

By August 22, 2016 Read More →
Nvidia enables OpenAI with 170 TFLOPS

Nvidia enables OpenAI with 170 TFLOPS

CEO hand-delivers an artificial intelligence supercomputer to non-profit researchers.   At the GPU Technology Conference in April, Nvidia introduced its supercomputer in a box, the DGX-1. Now Nvidia has delivered one to OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research company based in San Francisco. The OpenAI website says the group goal is to “advance digital intelligence […]

By August 18, 2016 Read More →
Intel buys Nervana for the intelligence

Intel buys Nervana for the intelligence

Intel buys Nervana and gets a new business making Nervana chips and a development team well-versed in AI, deep learning, and accelerating those algorithms.

By August 12, 2016 Read More →

Digital Reality

Intel focuses on IoT for day 1 of IDF

Intel focuses on IoT for day 1 of IDF

Intel is making major shifts in its focus. Careful not to rattle investors or confuse developers and attendees, the opening keynote from Intel CEO Brian Krzanich offered few surprises, but rather served as a statement of position.

By August 23, 2016 Read More →
Taking the HP Omen virtual reality backpack for a test walk

Taking the HP Omen virtual reality backpack for a test walk

Jon Peddie is “genuinely delighted” by the possibilities this wearable PC offers. By Jon Peddie When HP announced the Omen X VR backpack computer in May, I said, “Wow! — I bet they’ll sell hundreds of them.” I may have to eat those words, and it would delight me if I do. The problem with […]

By August 22, 2016 Read More →
VRLA bigger than ever

VRLA bigger than ever

One of the first commercial VR conferences, VRLA is a leading forum for new ideas and applications. VR LA started as a meetup in 2013 held in supportive companies’ conference rooms to where it is today: a twice-yearly affair occupying the west hall of the LA Convention center. VRLA Summer Expo drew over 3,000 attendees, and 120 […]

By August 11, 2016 Read More →

MFG & PLM

CADfix contributes to UK study of high-end mesh geometry use

CADfix contributes to UK study of high-end mesh geometry use

Automated generation of high quality meshes will aid CFD simulation for aerospace and other demanding engineering tasks. The UK government, working with private software companies, recently finished a three-year study of advanced geometry handling and integration for industrial use. The study, known as GHandI (Geometry Handling and Integration), resulted in new capabilities in the automatic […]

By August 23, 2016 Read More →
Datakit updates SolidWorks export plug-ins

Datakit updates SolidWorks export plug-ins

A license of the export target is not required to create a new version of the 3D model. Datakit has updated its line of SolidWorks conversion plug-ins. Each converter works as a SolidWorks plug-in, but does not require a license of the software in the format being exported. Updated modules include: SolidWorks 3D to Siemens […]

By August 12, 2016 Read More →
Shapr3D offers iPad Pro-only 3D CAD

Shapr3D offers iPad Pro-only 3D CAD

Intended for early design work, Shapr3D supports common 3D export formats. Don’t expect Android anytime soon. Shapr3D is gaining attention as a 3D CAD app made specifically for the Apple iPad and the Apple Pencil. Developer Istvan Csanady saw developing 3D CAD specifically for the iPad Pro as an opportunity to re-invent the 3D modeling […]

By August 11, 2016 Read More →

DCC

Versus is quite possibly the best video introduction for a software update this year

Versus is quite possibly the best video introduction for a software update this year

In 1:28 the main new features of Cinema 4D Release 18 are presented without a word. I was gobsmacked by the new short video (below) that introduces Maxon Cinema 4D Release 18. The trained eye will recognize the new technology, while the rest of us will just appreciate how clever and visually appealing “Versus” is, introducing […]

By August 24, 2016 Read More →
Disney Animation’s Matterhorn advances particle graphics

Disney Animation’s Matterhorn advances particle graphics

Initially creating snow for Frozen, it now works with mud, foam, sand and more. By Amina Saeed Disney graphics scientists have recently published a paper on Matterhorn, the physics-based graphics simulator behind the 2013 Disney hit Frozen. Matterhorn uses Material Point Method (MPM), which it says is “highly efficient at simulating large amounts of snow […]

By August 19, 2016 Read More →
Disney harnesses GPUs for real-time content creation

Disney harnesses GPUs for real-time content creation

Hyperion, Universal Description Language and more are moving content creation in a open direction. By Kathleen Maher We’re still crawling from the wreckage after Siggraph, and we’re finding interesting stuff in the rubble. A lot of brilliant realizations have come after repeated bludgeoning from digital content creation (DCC) companies and semiconductor vendors. One thing for […]

By August 16, 2016 Read More →

BIZ

Nvidia enables OpenAI with 170 TFLOPS

Nvidia enables OpenAI with 170 TFLOPS

CEO hand-delivers an artificial intelligence supercomputer to non-profit researchers.   At the GPU Technology Conference in April, Nvidia introduced its supercomputer in a box, the DGX-1. Now Nvidia has delivered one to OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research company based in San Francisco. The OpenAI website says the group goal is to “advance digital intelligence […]

By August 18, 2016 Read More →
HP Enterprise buying SGI marks end of an era

HP Enterprise buying SGI marks end of an era

No longer synonymous with cutting edge cool, but still relevant in high performance computing. By Jon Peddie The recent news that SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), the company once known as Silicon Graphics, will be acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, marks the end of an era. There was a time when SGI was synonymous with cool and […]

By August 17, 2016 Read More →
Autodesk moves from Suites to Collections

Autodesk moves from Suites to Collections

A complicated go-to-market strategy is replaced by a single set of primary products for each industry Autodesk serves. Autodesk has introduced the next generation of product portfolio subscriptions, dubbed Autodesk Collections. The new plan replaces Autodesk Suites, a complicated three-tier set of related products. “Autodesk has transitioned fully to a subscription business, and our subscribers […]

By August 5, 2016 Read More →