3D Perspectives on your iPhone!

By Richard

My colleagues say I’m a geek. To cope, my wife has been considering registering on http://www.copinedegeek.com/ (in English, it would read GeekGirlfriend.com). Does this ring a bell? ;-)

I must admit I like electronic gizmos. And among them, I cherish my iPhone as one of the most exciting devices ever.

If you’ve owned one for awhile, this post may not interest you. However, if you’re an iPhone newbie, I’ll tell you how to take 3D Perspectives with you everywhere (on your iPhone). It’s all about RSS feeds.

The embedded mobile Safari browser does read RSS feeds. You can find several iPhone optimized RSS readers at the App Store. I tested several of them and propose that you stick with the most popular one: Free RSS Reader. It’s simple to use, has a slick interface and is available in several languages.

Once you’ve installed it, you get something like this (sorry, I own a French iPhone, the screen captures are in French) :

My own feeds list is featured here, of course you’ll only have one or two Apple news feeds to start with. To add a new feed, just click on the plus sign on the upper left corner. You will get this screen :

Sorry again for the French interface, but it’s so straightforward that it it’s easy to understand. RSS Reader will let use three methods to subscribe to a RSS feed:

  1. Enter the feed URL in the first field
  2. Or navigate the web. Just enter the starting address in the second field. RSS Reader will navigate to that page, automatically detect the linked RSS feeds and will let you add them with a simple tap
  3. Or retrieve your already subscribed feeds if you’re using Google Reader, Bloglines or Newsgator on your computer. Isnt’ it cool?

If you wish to add the 3D Perspectives feed, the address is http://feeds2.feedburner.com/3dPerspectives

As soon as you have tapped “Validate” on the upper right corner, the new feed will open :

You have a full blue disc before an unread entry, a half one before an already read one. Just tap on an entry to expand it :

You can use Safari to jump to the page on the blog (tap on Safari), but the posts nicely display in Free RSS Reader as you can see above. You can even take our polls from here (and please, do not forget to do so!)

Of course, you can edit your feeds: change their names, the update frequency etc. I personnally update all feeds whenever I start RSS Reader. As with phone calls, emails and SMS, the number of unread entries is displayed on a red badge on the RSS Reader icon on your Springboard.

Simple and neat. Have fun with your “Precious”!

Keep 3D-ing,

Rich

Meet Oleg Shilovitsky: 7 Questions

By Kate

Have you ever thought about what folksonomy, mashups and robotic swarms have to do with . . . product lifecycle management?

Oleg Shilovitsky has. He churns out regular think tank-like thoughts and chats on such matters in his blog PLM Twine. Word’s getting out in the blogosphere about this goodness, yet we know little about the man behind it. I thought you might like to meet him.

Oleg and I both work for Dassault Systèmes, but we’ve never met in real-life. He’s in Boston on the ENOVIA side and I’m in France at headquarters. Since everyone’s traveling less these days, I organized a visio conference with Oleg so I could “meet” and interview him for 3D Perspectives.

Here’s what I asked:

1. How’d he get involved in PDM/PLM?
2. What does he do at work (besides blogging)?
3. Which blog topic does he prefer?
4. What’s PLM’s biggest challenge?
5. What’s the solution?
6. What does Innovation mean?
7. What inspires him?

Watch the video interview below and find out what Oleg has to say:

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Best,

Kate

P.S. Here’s another Oleg interview you might enjoy, this time focusing on ENOVIA SmarTeam.

Real Virtuality – Beyond Hollywood

By Michael

Here I am at Dassault Systèmes, the company spezializing in 3D and lifelike experiences. Dare I ask:

  • How useful is a virtual experience?
  • How real is a computer generated environment?

Virtual reality has come a long way. In Hollywood for example. Think of “You’ve got mail” as a first step, a film made in 1998 with Meg Ryan getting all excited about receiving a virtual letter on her computer screen.

In “Matrix ” also made in ‘98, where Keanu Reeves is torn between the real world (not cozy) and a virtual world (the matrix), which is revealed as being the false reality.

Further back and quite visionary, Stanly Kubrick’s 1968 film “A Space Odyssey 2001” (note that we have already passed this year) presents Computer HAL with virtual intelligence and in charge of almost everything in the space ship, starts to misbehave and needs to be shut down .

Finally in “Disclosure ”, a movie from 1994 (not really a good one I think), where Michael Douglas solves the story’s mystery by means of entering a virtual library in full VR gear with data gloves and head set.

Where are we TODAY really – with virtual reality ?

To highlight this, let’s look at a recent example from the aircraft industry. Airbus’ manufacturing site for aircraft wings in the UK, Broughton, needed an immersive virtuality environment to validate methods and process improvements in manufacturing for their new A350XWB aircraft – before any physical model was built.

Their requirements included:

  • Working directly with their CATIA and DELMIA PLM data and turn them into a 3D immersive virtuality model (without any need for translation)
  • Utilizing head and hand tracking for full immersion
  • Linking into a high-end haptic system, i.e. to have force feedback in reaction to manipulations on the model
  • Making this an integral day-to-day tool for their manufacturing engineers

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Airbus got all this from Virtalis, a UK-based system integrator specializing in immersive virtuality turnkey installations and a Dassault Systèmes cooperation partner in the virtual experience domain around 3DVIA Virtools, CATIA and DELMIA software. Virtalis was capable of putting this together to meet Airbus’ needs , based on the Dassault Systèmes PLM environment, all while incorporating key solution components from Haption, another member of the DS software partner community.

So this seems pretty real and useful, doesn’t it?

Meanwhile back in Hollywood: they don’t stop getting inspired and borrowing technology for their movie plots. This time they shopped at Creaform based in Quebec, a specialist in 3D scanning and reverse engineering and a solution partner of Dassault Systèmes as well.

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Have fun with this detective crime-buster clip on Creaform’s website. Here’s a screenshot from it to entice you:

I’ll talk to you again soon with more cool stuff …

Best,
Michael



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