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January 23, 2013
Leonar3Do's Bird Soars into Third Dimension
While some creatures may dream of flying, Leonar3Do has made that possible for its own take on a computer mouse that they call a “bird.”
Instead of a mouse, which is bound to the two-dimensional planes of your mousepad and desktop, the bird, complete with wings and tail, moves around in the third plane of space above your desk, while its digital representation floats beyond the boundary of your computer monitor.
Obviously, a 3D mouse and pointer are pointless without an integrated 3D virtual reality system, which is where Leonar3Do's 3D glasses, peripheral sensors and specialized software come in. The result is an object that artists, designers or students can view and manipulate in the space in front of their screen.
“You could put this on any computer, any laptop and have a virtual workspace environment,” said Roland Manyai, director of marketing, sales and business development for Leonar3Do in an interview with TechNewsDaily's Jeremy Hsu.
This flexibility has paved the way for Leonar3Do's Vimensio brand of educational software, which aims to help students interactively learn anything from the planets in a solar system to the name and location of organs in the human body.
The Leonar3Do technology has applications that extend far beyond the elementary. One company has already used Vimensio software to develop a driving simulator, while a physician reported using the same technology to develop a facial reconstruction program to prepare for an upcoming live surgical procedure.
For its time, the technology is robust: the bird controller still features the two buttons of a traditional mouse, allowing for object rotation and even distortion, while the 3D glasses will alter the view of an object depending on the tilt and position of the wearer's head. However, for more advanced applications such as surgical practice, we are still years away from a realistic tactile feedback system.
Still, this technology could become essential for digital artists specializing in 3D media as well as designers. At $550 for hardware, the technology could even find its way into the hands of students. However along with the cost of software this bird may remain in the hands of select professionals, for now.
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During today’s visit to Raleigh, North Carolina, President Obama came to North Carolina State University to announce the next manufacturing innovation institute. The “Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute” will bring together six universities and 18 private-sector companies throughout the region to further drive research in next-generation power electronics. Read more...
As a part of President Obama's Material's Genome Initiative, many researchers have set their sights on developing materials the likes of which we've never seen. But engineers at Duke University are using supercomputers to back a materials project that aims to do just the opposite: find a metal that performs like platinum, but at a lower cost. Read more...
Jan 24, 2014 |
Local Motors, a vehicle innovator, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have announced a new partnership that they hope will bring change to the automotive industry. Read more...
Jan 22, 2014 |
A month ago, the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials (DRC) commenced. The main goal of the event was to aid in the development of robots that will someday respond to natural or even man-made disasters. At this year’s DRC, prototype robots from 16 teams were put through a series of trials in which they were to showcase their skills. Read more...
Jan 17, 2014 |
Engineers at the University of Texas at Arlington have developed a new technology that could come in handy when electronic devices run out of power. Their idea stems from a source of power generation that we are all familiar with; windmills. Read more...
Jan 15, 2014 |
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Jan 09, 2014 |
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada, NVIDIA announced that it’s Tegra K1 mobile processor will be used in autonomous cars of the future. Currently being utilized by the world’s top ten energy-efficient computers, the Tegra K1 has already gained attention in the HPC community. Read more...
07/30/2013 | IBM | This white paper examines various means of adapting technical computing tools to accelerate product and services innovation across a range of commercial industries such as manufacturing, financial services, energy, healthcare, entertainment and retail. No longer is technically advanced computing limited to the confines of big government labs and academic centers. Today it is available to a wide range of organizations seeking a competitive edge.
06/25/2013 | Intel | The UberCloud HPC Experiment has achieved the volunteer participation of 500 organizations and individuals from 48 countries with the aim of exploring the end-to-end process employed by digital manufacturing engineers to access and use remote computing resources in HPC centers and in the cloud. This Compendium of 25 case studies is an invaluable resource for engineers, managers and executives who believe in the strategic importance of applying advanced technologies to help drive their organization’s productivity to perceptible new levels.