Elpub buttonVirtual Reality News: 15th March 2002

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Users, Applications & Projects
01 Rear-projected, Curved-screen VR for Army in USA
02 EC Support for VR/i3D in FP6
Products & Services
03 Plug-in for Rhino Users
04 Boost for USAnimation Users
05 New Release of Geomagic Studio
06 Collaborative Product Development

Companies & Markets
07 The End for bluxxun?
08 Alias|Wavefront Shrinks
09 Creative Technology Takes Over 3Dlabs
10 Brilliant Raises Finance
11 Certified Select Status for 33 Solid Edge Solutions
12 Raindrop Geomagic and Open Technologies in OEM Deal

Events & Calls for Papers
13 VR World Congress V - Paris in September
14 Immersive Projection Technologies Symposium
15 2002 European Simulation Interoperability Workshop
16 More Events

185.01 Rear-projected, Curved-screen VR for Army in USA

Mechdyne has completed a large-scale visualization system for the United States Army Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey. This system, which will be used for small-arms design and development, is among the world's first commercial installations of a rear-projected, curved-screen configuration, a design developed and marketed by Mechdyne. The arsenal will use the system's 3D imaging to create virtual prototypes of new small arms. The system's wraparound screen can also immerse users in virtual environments, enabling simulation applications for product evaluation purposes. This evaluation is carried out early in the design cycle, eliminating the need for costly physical fabrications and resulting in more effective and sustainable designs.

The system is also capable of supporting design eye-point applications in which the graphical perspective is optimized for the user's viewpoint. This capability provides the fidelity needed for applications such as target acquisition and tracking. The main display is powered by an SGI Onyx2â visualization supercomputer and features a high-fidelity surround-sound audio system to effectively recreate weapons simulations. A secondary display utilizing an ultra-bright projection system enables flat-screen business presentations.

URL: http://www.mechdyne.com

185.02 EC Support for VR/i3D in FP6

VR project reports and demonstrations will form a significant element of VR World Congress V. Organizations planning to participate in projects supported by the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) will welcome the opportunity to identify prospective partners. They will also welcome an EC speaking note that says that the Commission wishes to simplify procedures under FP6. It has proposed a 'radical shift' in the current management model, with "more flexible rules and contracts and a substantive reduction of administrative red tape." This will include the abolishment of ex-ante financial controls and an end to the Commission requesting bank guarantees.

185.03 Plug-in for Rhino Users

Deep Paint 3D With Texture Weapons will ship with integration for Rhinoceros from Robert McNeel & Associates. The new plug-in for Rhino, developed by Right Hemisphere, allows a direct connection to be established between Deep Paint 3D and Rhino software. This provides a new level of UV mapping, texturing and artistic control for users working with Rhino.

URL: http://www.righthemisphere.com
URL: http://www.rhino3d.com

185.04 Boost for USAnimation Users

Electric Rain has released an edition of their Swift 3D plug-in line, which includes Swift 3D MAX and Swift 3D LW. The edition offers an additional rendering format allowing users of Discreet's 3ds max and NewTek's LightWave 3D to export their scenes to a format that imports natively into USAnimation, a Toon Boom Technologies' product.

URL: http://www.erain.com
URL: http://www.toonboom.com

185.05 New Release of Geomagic Studio

Raindrop Geomagic has released Geomagic Studio 4.1 to speed processing of large, ordered data files for scan registration and provide support for additional scanners. The upgrades improve the functionality of Geomagic Studio, the software for 3D photography, the process of rapidly turning a physical part into an accurate 3D digital model.

URL: http://www.geomagic.com

185.06 Collaborative Product Development

Geometric Software Solutions Co Ltd, a provider of PLM software for the mechanical design, manufacturing, and industrial markets, has announced availability of its CollabView 2.0 framework. CollabView is for the rapid development of collaborative product development for the extended enterprise. CollabView was developed from the ground-up on Java, supports a wide variety of 3D and 2D CAD formats and ships with an API that can be used to develop custom CPD solutions. The framework has applications in automotive, aerospace, industrial equipment, medical, and consumer goods markets.

URL: http://www.geometricssoftware.com

185.07 The End for bluxxun?

Rumours abound that blaxxun has ceased trading. The company, headquartered in Munich, Germany, was founded in 1995. The blaxxun platform has been used to build interactive communities and commercial users have included BMW, Canal+, IBM, Intel and Lycos Bertelsmann. blaxxun partnered with hardware and software providers including Computer Associates, Einsteinet, Elsa, Intershop, Oracle, Sun and wapme Systems.

185.08 Alias|Wavefront Shrinks

Alias|Wavefront, is to close its offices in Santa Barbara and Seattle in the USA and eliminate 40 jobs in the area as part of a restructuring move. Some reports suggest 150 jobs have been lost. Efforts are being made to relocate as many employees as possible to Toronto, Canada. Mark Sylvester, a co-founder of Wavefront Technologies, has resigned. This company merged with Silicon Graphics and Alias Research in 1995 to form Alias|Wavefront.

185.09 Creative Technology Takes Over 3Dlabs

Creative Technology Ltd plans to re-enter the graphics market by taking over 3Dlabs Inc for $103.7m after reducing its exposure in the sector barely two years ago. Singapore-based Creative, known for its Sound Blaster sound cards, plans to pay one third of the acquisition cost in cash and the rest through stock. 3Dlabs' latest graphics chips are to be included in workstations of Hewlett-Packard and Compaq computers this year.

185.10 Brilliant Raises Finance

Brilliant Digital Entertainment Inc has completed a financing round and have raised $750,000 in a private placement transaction. The Company sold 5,673,222 shares of its common stock at a price per share equal to $0.1322. Parties to the transaction were Harris Toibb, a current investor, and MarKev Services, LLC, an entity co-owned by the Company's Chairman and the Company's CEO and President. Brilliant Digital Entertainment Inc is a developer of real-time 3D technology for rich media content creation, distribution and ad serving for the Internet. It sells its b3d Studio content creation and authoring toolset to enable the creation and delivery of interactive, streaming, real-time 3D graphics over the Internet, and licenses its ad serving technology to the content and advertising communities.

URL: http://www.brilliantdigital.com

185.11 Certified Select Status for 33 Solid Edge Solutions

EDS has awarded "Certified Select" status to 33 complementary CAD/CAM/CAE software solutions on Solid Edge Version 11.
Solid Edge, in combination with Certified Select products, provides complete engineering solutions for development of products such as machinery, electro-mechanical equipment and automotive tooling. Currently there are more than 150 complementary solutions available from the Voyager Program that cover disciplines such as finite element analysis, computer-aided manufacturing, product data management, kinematics, standard parts, and more.

Program members that have already passed the product testing and integration measurement standards: Alamar Systems with ASAP, ALGOR with InCAD Designer/Solid Edge and InCAD/Solid Edge Extender, Ansys with DesignSpace, BCT Technology with 3D Pool for Solid Edge, CADENAS with PARTsolutions, CADExtend with MD/Fasteners for Solid Edge, CAD-Partner with SMAP parts and organizer, CN Industries with Goelan, DP Technology with Espirit, Eigner and Partner with axalant for Solid Edge, EMT Software with SE PartsXL, Feature Recognizer, gedas with SAP and Matrix Integrations, Gibbs and Associates with GibbsCAM, Immersive Design with IPA and Web Publisher, ISAP with CAD Manager, Part Manager, and Solid Manager, Mechanical Dynamics with Dynamic Designer, MechSoft.com with Engineering Handbook and Intelligent Parts, MSC Software with MSC.visualNastran 4D and MSC.visualNastran Motion, Pathtrace with EdgeCAM, SmarTeam with SmartEdge, Structural Research & Analysis With COSMOS/DesignSTAR, Theorem Solutions with Cadverter, TLD with PCBto3D, and Varatech with SigmundEdge.

URL: http://www.eds.com

185.12 Raindrop Geomagic and Open Technologies in OEM Deal

Raindrop Geomagic and Open Technologies s.r.l. of Brescia, Italy, have signed an OEM agreement to provide new integrated 3D technologies to scanning customers worldwide. Raindrop Geomagic will support Open Technologies scanner drivers in its Geomagic Studio software, and Open Technologies will bundle Geomagic software with its 3D scanners.

URL: http://www.geomagic.com

185.00 Events & Calls for Papers

185.13 VR World Congress V

VR World Congress V is being planned. Paris, France is favourite to host the event in September 2002. Details will be announced shortly, but a draft programme is available now.

Email: mailto:roger_frampton@cyber-wizard.com

185.14 Immersive Projection Technologies Symposium

Immersive Projection Technologies Workshop (IPT) is being held jointly with IEEE VR and has changed names to the IPT symposium. It will be held March 24-25 in Orlando, USA.

URL: http://www.vr2002.org
URL: http://www.vrac.iastate.edu/~carolina
URL: http://www.glasshousestudio.com

185.15 2002 European Simulation Interoperability Workshop

The 2002 European Simulation Interoperability Workshop (Euro SIW) is sponsored by the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) in cooperation with The Society for Computer Simulation - Europe International Training Equipment Conference (ITEC, Ltd.). The 2002 Euro SIW will be held 24-26 June 2002 at the University of Westminster, UK.

URL: http://www.sisostds.org/siw/02euro/index.htm

For extensive information about events relevant to the European VR/i3D community, see the events pages on El.pub: for Europe: base05.htm, for the rest of the world: connone.htm

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