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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.
As the cloud becomes an increasingly attractive option for manufacturers with big needs in IT, scalable options such as outsourced data centers have become a must-have for many companies. But General Motors has taken a step in the opposite direction when its $130 million datacenter went online Monday in the suburb of Warren, Michigan. Read more...
When we talk to manufacturers of any size, one concern across the board has been finding engineers with sufficient education and training to do their job. Taking one step toward alleviating this issue is Siemens, who have launched a U.S. job training initiative for veterans, hoping to round out the training of engineers throughout the country. Read more...
The National Engineering Forum (NEF) has developed a three-pronged approached in keeping the US engineering workforce competitive, for which it hopes to help spread awareness through a series of regional dialogue events held throughout the country. Read more...
May 17, 2013 |
This week, Airbus towed its newest airliner, the A350 XWB, out of its hangar and is poised to roll it into the spotlight of the upcoming Paris Air Show. The A350 XWB has been designed with the goal of surpassing the 787 in fuel efficiency and comfort, and has forgone metal for composite materials to make it happen. Read more...
May 16, 2013 |
Sander Veenhof and Joris van Tubergen, of the Netherlands, joined their skills in media art and design to merge 3D printing with augmented reality. They call the result "UltimARker" and like the 3D printer it works with it's been designed for the open source community to give consumers more detailed information about their 3D printer. Read more...
May 16, 2013 |
A recent survey by Cisco Systems found that 57 percent of consumers worldwide are in favor of using driverless cars, with 60 percent approval in the United States, suggesting that the world might be more ready for autonomous vehicles to hit the road than previously thought. Read more...
May 10, 2013 |
We've known since Obama's State of the Union address this year that 3D printing is a key pillar in the president's plan for America's future in manufacturing, but on Thursday this was made even more clear with the announcement of a competition to create three manufacturing innovation institutes, to be modeled after a government-funded 3D printing center. Read more...
May 09, 2013 |
Finally, we have someone to look to when we have to assemble our IKEA furniture--or at least something. This week, this solution was showcased at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, proving that robots might soon be surpassing humans at yet another task. At least we can gladly hand this one over. Read more...
03/20/2013 | SAS | This white paper examines how an enterprise-wide quality platform can turn existing data into substantial and sustainable revenue growth and cost savings for global manufacturers. The paper is based on the findings of the IW/SAS Enterprise Quality Survey completed by more than 400 manufacturing executives. The objectives of the survey were to determine concerns about quality among manufacturers; investigate the tools used to measure quality; and examine how using enterprise-wide analysis on quality data improves performance.
07/19/2011 | Univa | TATA Steel Automotive Engineering’s concern grew when open source Grid Engine support and development was discontinued by Oracle. Grid Engine is a business critical application in their environment. They recognized the likelihood that product enhancements and innovations would cease. Read how TATA Steel Automotive Engineering moved from a self-support solution to Univa Grid Engine. You can get more out of your environment and your budget with Univa Grid Engine.