When real and virtual merge

By Richard

As promised here, Quentin, our Virtual Race Contest Winner, shares his thoughts about the Offhore Racing with Michel Desjoyeaux 3D Serious Game compared to the real thing.

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Staying Alive, keep the beat in 3D

By Victorien

Do you recall one of Saturday Night Fever’s best songs called “Stayin’ Alive” and performed by the Bee Gees?

Under most circumstances, you would not keep the beat of this song in your head, but heart specialists have come up with one good reason to remember it: It could save someone’s life. Turns out the hit is very close to 100 beats per minute, a perfect number to maintain the best rhythm for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, when faced with a person suffering a cardiac arrest.

In order to learn the right reflexes and techniques, Dassault Systèmes and Ilumens have created the Staying Alive 3D Lifelike experience, available at www.stayingalive.fr/en. Playing the witness (in your office, the street or even during a soccer game), you have 4 minutes to react, call emergency services, perform CPR and use a defibrillator. Staying Alive 3D online experience was launched to support the World Heart Day organized by the World Health Organization

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Children already spend a huge amount of time playing games and the trend is not expected to slow down anytime soon. Therefore, why not create a serious experience that still generates emotion, fun and entertainment, and use it to educate, train and inform the general public?

In fact, could games actually make us better? The gamification of extremely serious experiences can enhance the learning curve: learning by doing in a virtual environment involves the process by which game mechanics are added into work or social processes in order to drive user engagement and hook them into further participation.

While only 3% to 4% of people survive from cardiac arrest in France, they are 30% in Seattle, thanks to basic training taught at school and defibrillators being setup in public places, at work or simply in the street next to homes. Indeed, heart attacks mainly happen at home or in the office and in 80% of cases with no medical staff around, which means everyone (including children) need to be trained.

Then, will children teach Adults? With Staying Alive, they will play, save lives in 3D and hopefully, back from school, will teach parents to do the same. By training all of you, we can improve the surviving rate!


Fred Vacher @ fvr(at)3ds.com

IRL (In Real Life ;-) Sailing with Michel Desjoyeaux!

By Richard


When we welcomed Michel Desjoyeaux and his team in the Passion for Innovation Program, we had two challenges. The first one was to help Michel to design a new 60 feet monohull for La Route du Rhum-La Banque Postale and the Barcelona World Race in record time. Michel’s team succeeded with the help of our solutions and our experts.

The second one was to produce a 3D experience because Michel was willing to share his life on board with the general public. We produced a 3D visit of the virtual boat and a serious game with an online contest. You can read more about it here.

The time had come for our two winners, Quentin and Thomas, to get on board with Michel Desjoyeaux and his crew. After the virtual experience, they had to taste “the real thing”, and the Dassault Systèmes project team as well.

We enjoyed perfect conditions, with a sunny weather and just enough wind to get fantastic sensations on Michel’s new MOD 70 multi-hull. We also had a chance to sail on the new MACIF monohull, a sister-ship of the FONCIA IMOCA boat and compare the virtual boat we made to reality. Although we found them pretty close,  nothing can replace the wind in the sails and the thrilling sensation of speed when those sea-Formula 1 accelerate!

Our two winners had a chance to steer the MOD 70 and enjoy a private Deluxe Masterclass with Michel Desjoyeaux providing them with advice in person. An unforgettable experience, as you can see in the gallery below. Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos.

Stay tuned for an exclusive Quentin’s interview as well!

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