Turning Icebergs into Drinking Water?

By Cedric

This post was published in honor of Blog Action Day 2010 and its theme: water.

It’s a common mistake to confuse ice fields, which are composed of frozen seawater and populated with polar bears, with icebergs, our floating mountains composed of frozen drinking water.

And did you know that, each year, the equivalent of the world’s supply in drinking water melts away into the ocean?

Why should just sit by and let this happen?  Why not use icebergs as an alternative source for drinking water?

This is French Arts & Métiers Engineer Georges Mougin’s dream since 40 years!

At first this idea may seem too outlandish, but perhaps Mougin is a visionary?  Today while the most pessimist prospectors predict a worldwide conflict based on ‘blue gold’ in 2050, Dassault Systèmes has decided to help Mougin reexamine his project with the help of 21st Century technology.

And what if 3D scientific simulation and virtual worlds can give life to an idea that died down last century? Perhaps this was due to technology-linked obstacles and limited knowledge of our oceans and weather.  Perhaps Mougin was ahead of his times . . .

A documentary under the direction of Jean-Michel Corillion is being made to tell this story.  It’s called Ice Dream and in a few months will be broadcast in various countries.  We’ll keep you posted as the details unfold.  But for now, enjoy the sneak preview below!

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Best,

Cédric

Cédric Simard is Dassault Systèmes Project Director for Ice Dream

P.S. For more information about our water challenges, watch this video made especially for Blog Action Day 2010.

HOW TO: VR Your 3D TV

By Kate

So by now I hope you’ve heard about how seemingly innocent cereal boxes have become 3D game consoles and VR headsets.  Yippee, 3D for all, VR for all!

But wait.  What about The Supergeeks?

We can get picky and say,

“Hey, the red-blue cereal-box glasses are ok for a stereoscopic view, but they mess up my colors!”

Well thank goodness for the 3D  TV and its glasses.

This little video will show you how to VR-a-fy your 3D TV in just a few simple steps.  Check it out:

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This VR-cereal-box gameplay is like Kinect, only it’s easier on your budget and you get to eat breakfast too!  ;-)

What do you think about this?

Best,

Kate

P.S. The game link is:  www.arthurcourse.com

DraftSight Halloween Trick and Treat

By Kate

Copyright: Don Scarborough

It’s not often that I get to link Dassault Systèmes software to fun holidays like Halloween, but today I’ve got a trick AND treat in store for you.

The Trick
Use DraftSight to design your Halloween pumpkin!  The software is available online and FREE.  The pumpkin design activity would be a fun, engaging educational/family activity.  Who knows, it may even inspire some professional choices for your kids?

The Treat
Your pumpkin will look dynamite and make all your neighbors jealous!

Here’s a video showing exactly how you can do this at home:

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If you do end up DraftSighting your Halloween pumpkin, please let us know by uploading a photo of your masterpiece to this post’s comment section.  We’d love to see your results!

Have a nice weekend,

Kate



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