Hardware

Google acquires mobile 3D graphics expert drawElements

Google acquires mobile 3D graphics expert drawElements

Android gains a way to standardize 3D graphics, testing for OpenGL/OpenCL compliance.  Google has purchased drawElements, a Finnish software company with tools for testing the accuracy of OpenGL ES and OpenCL GPUs running on mobile devices. Terms were not disclosed, but various sites reporting on the deal speculate Google may have paid an eight-figure sum. [...]

PC gaming market holds lead over consoles

PC gaming market holds lead over consoles

Consoles can’t keep up with high-end gaming PCs running 4K resolution at acceptable frame rates, says new report from Jon Peddie Research. New data from Jon Peddie Research says the PC gaming market continues to hold its long-time lead over console gaming, giving a lift to the otherwise declining PC market. JPR defines the PC [...]

HP ships new $99 Android tablet

HP ships new $99 Android tablet

The Allwinner quadcore CPU and no Bluetooth helps keep the cost low. HP this week started shipping in the US a new low-cost Android tablet. The HP 7 Plus Tablet uses an Allwinner A31 ARM-based CPU and ships without Bluetooth connectivity to keep costs down to $99 retail.  The A31 is based on an older [...]

Digital Reality

Minko + Oculus + Leap = Everyman as Tony Stark

Minko + Oculus + Leap = Everyman as Tony Stark

Aerys debuts its 3D world editor and supporting 3D engine, and shows off applications in both engineering and game development. Thousands of engineers and game developers overheated when the first Iron Man movie debuted in 2008. It wasn’t about the action scenes or the characters; it was about the holographic design technology, an interface to [...]

Matterport brings 3D cloud tools to the masses soon

Matterport brings 3D cloud tools to the masses soon

Cloud-based point cloud camera to shrink in size and price. As the Matterport Pro 3D camera gently spins, it captures the colors and contours of a space—and calculates dimensions and spatial relationships between objects. Unlike more expensive laser-based systems that require significant hours of work to create a single 3D model, Matterport claims their Matterport [...]

Art and technology come together at the Whitney Jeff Koons retrospective

Art and technology come together at the Whitney Jeff Koons retrospective

Jeff Koons worked with Direct Dimensions and spent 8 years creating a version of the Liberty Bell. The piece was first shown at the Koons Retrospective at the Whitney.

MFG & PLM

Daimler certifies SolidThinking Inspire for company-wide use

Daimler certifies SolidThinking Inspire for company-wide use

Organic inspiration at the earliest stages for automotive design engineers. Auto manufacturer Daimler AG has officially certified SolidThinking Inspire for company-wide use. Part of the HyperWorks engineering suite from Altair, SolidThinking Inspire enables design engineers to quickly create and investigate structurally efficient concepts. With the Daimler certification, all design engineers within the car and truck [...]

Autodesk releases PLM 360 Mobile apps

Autodesk releases PLM 360 Mobile apps

Android and iOS versions connect to the cloud-based PLM. Autodesk has released mobile apps for its PLM 360 suite, extending the capabilities of its cloud-based system beyond the desktop. The Android and iOS versions are identical, taking a dashboard approach to connecting to the workgroup’s PLM installation. Autodesk says PLM 360 is in “active use” at [...]

Virtalis building new business with Visionary Render Software

Virtalis building new business with Visionary Render Software

The pioneer in visualization/simulation has a new deal with ZSpace. Virtalis has been very busy over the past 90 days, most recently showing its technology at PTC Live, where it demonstrated its new plug-in for Creo View and an­nounced a strategic partnership with ZSpace. The company has seen consid­erable expansion in the past few years. [...]

DCC

JPR Siggraph Press Luncheon takes on virtualization in entertainment

JPR Siggraph Press Luncheon takes on virtualization in entertainment

The 14th annual event allows industry leaders to discuss technical topics with other insiders. The 14th annual Jon Peddie Research Siggraph Press Luncheon will bring together entertainment CG experts and the press to explore “Virtualization Comes to the Entertainment Industry … or Not.” The popular event will be Wednesday, August 13 at the Pan Pacific [...]

Behind the CG scenes at Siggraph 2014 Dailies

Behind the CG scenes at Siggraph 2014 Dailies

Rapid-fire two-minute clips from blockbusters and indies alike showcase what it takes to bring excellence in computer graphics to the screen. Siggraph 2014 will showcase the work of more than 40 computer graphics veterans in the annual Siggraph Dallies next month in Vancouver. Always one of the best-attended events at Siggraph every year, the Dailies [...]

Encoded puppets for 3D animation modeling

Encoded puppets for 3D animation modeling

The Interactive Geometry Lab at ETH Zurich designs a new way to move and post virtual characters. By Jon Peddie Trying to ma­nipulate and move a model, or an idea, that’s in 3D while dealing with a 2D screen has never been easy. Various at­tempts have been made to give design­ers a 3D control or [...]

BIZ

JPR Siggraph Press Luncheon takes on virtualization in entertainment

JPR Siggraph Press Luncheon takes on virtualization in entertainment

The 14th annual event allows industry leaders to discuss technical topics with other insiders. The 14th annual Jon Peddie Research Siggraph Press Luncheon will bring together entertainment CG experts and the press to explore “Virtualization Comes to the Entertainment Industry … or Not.” The popular event will be Wednesday, August 13 at the Pan Pacific [...]

“Other” revenue uptick helps Dassault Systèmes second quarter

“Other” revenue uptick helps Dassault Systèmes second quarter

Revenue from primary brands posted single-digit growth. Net income was down 18% due to aggressive acquisitions.   By Randall S. Newton Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: DSY.PA) posted modest year-over-year growth in the second quarter, buoyed by revenue from new acquisitions and a big spike in services revenue. Total revenue for the quarter (ending June 30, [...]

PTC revenue up 6% in third quarter

PTC revenue up 6% in third quarter

The CAD/PLM vendor makes another acquisition in the Internet of Things. Customers are finally buying into Creo with gusto.  By Randall S. Newton PTC (Nasdaq: PTC) today reported third quarter results at the high end of its previous guidance, with revenue of $336.6 million, up 6.66% from the year-ago quarter. Growth was strong in its [...]