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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. [...]

Dassault adds Simpack to its Simulia line of tools

Dassault adds Simpack to its Simulia line of tools

With the acquisition of Simpack Dassault adds better integration of hardware and software for vehicle design.

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 [...]

Geomerics to target movies with real-time rendering

Geomerics to target movies with real-time rendering

The ARM subsidiary gets a £1 million grant from the UK government. Real-time graphics rendering will come to movies if Geomerics has its way. The UK-based company, acquired late last year by ARM, has been given a £1 million ($1.7 million) grant from the UK government to bring its video game graphics to the movie [...]

Hexagon acquires CAM consolidator Vero Software

Hexagon acquires CAM consolidator Vero Software

The goal is to tie metrology more closely to machining and manufacturing planning. Swedish software conglomerate Hexagon AB has acquired Vero Software, a leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. In recent years Vero had acquired a number of CAM products, starting the consolidation of a highly fragmented market.  The purchase price was not announced. [...]

Siggraph teams up with indie game showcase The MIX

Siggraph teams up with indie game showcase The MIX

Successful indie game developers will be available to discuss cutting-edge graphics and gameplay technology. Siggraph 2014 has teamed up with Media Indie Exchange (The MIX) to bring the first-ever Siggraph indie game showcase to its Exhibition, August 12-14, at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. As part of this special collaboration with The [...]

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 [...]

KeyCreator update adds animations

KeyCreator update adds animations

The direct editor is often used in manufacturing settings to modify existing drawings and models. KeyCreator, a 2D/3D CAD direct editing tool for manufacturing from German developer K2D, has added the ability to animate solids in its latest release. Selected solids-based entities can be assigned a motion speed along or around an axis. Animation temporarily [...]

3D projection mapping short film wins Siggraph Best In Show

3D projection mapping short film wins Siggraph Best In Show

As usual, European entries took most of the awards. An American short film that combines 3D projection mapping on moving surfaces with live synchronized performance from both robots and humans has been named Best in Show at the 2014 Siggraph Computer Animation Festival. Box by Tarik Abdel-Gawad and the production house Bot & Dolly, explores [...]

New CAD technologies among Siggraph 2014 technical papers presentations

New CAD technologies among Siggraph 2014 technical papers presentations

A new push-pull rapid modeling architecture highlights the session on Interactive Modeling. Computer graphics conference Siggraph started as a venue for academic researchers to share papers. In recent years Siggraph research presentations have veered strongly toward the interests of the entertainment industry. This year’s Technical Papers track at Siggraph is true to form, but that [...]