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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.
At this year’s Supercomputing conference, Ohio made its mark with a $6.4 million public-private initiative designed to bring high performance computing (HPC) to manufacturers of all sizes—particularly to those small-to-medium-sized companies for which the technologies are cost-prohibitive. Read more...
A consortium of 45 partners have assembled in Europe with the hope of fortifying the international manufacturing marketplace through modeling and simulation tools. After an initial phase of closed testing led by the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), the new HPC cloud project is opening its doors. Read more...
It’s no secret that going virtual to engineer and test new cars, planes or even consumer products saves money, particularly if it means going through multiple versions of a single design. But at October’s Matlab Expo, software engineers and scientists came together to paint a new image of software as something beyond a mere sandbox: a playground. Read more...
Dec 05, 2013 |
Back in July, Curiosity, NASA’s Mars rover, began a 5.3 mile journey to Mount Sharp, a 3.4 mile-high mountain in the Gale Crater. However, in late October, the rover completed a two-day drive all on its own thanks to Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute and their autonomous navigation software. Read more...
Dec 04, 2013 |
On September 2, 2013, the EU project titled “LIAA” was set in motion. With the project, scientists will help to develop robotic systems and applications that will be used for assembly in manufacturing, and in doing so help humans and robots to better work together. Read more...
Nov 26, 2013 |
Siemens Industry Software India (SISW) has signed an agreement with the Government of Gujarat’s Ministry of Industries and Mines to launch five Centers of Excellence (COEs) in the state. These centers will specifically be aimed at skill development in higher education. Read more...
Nov 14, 2013 |
At a time when finding a job is first on the minds of many, companies continue to outsource positions overseas. However, at the National Retail Federation’s annual convention back in January 2013... 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.