How we can search and tag rich media and 3D?

By Oleg

Search is entering our life everywhere. Remember how we looked for information pre-Google and during the early Internet era? I think you’ve probably forgotten how far we’ve come with search technologies since just a decade ago (1998). Take a look at this short video about Search Engines Commercials from 1998.

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After you experiment with search for some time, you probably understand that to find something is only the beginning. The second part of the search experience is to store or be able use the specific part of information you found. In the early days we stored favorite links, but this is really not that useful these days. In one of my blog posts on plmtwine, I’ve been discussing how it’s possible to use tagging to easy classify various types of information.

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Now, you probably will ask me- what next? I was very impressed to see the public technological preview by Exalead presenting speech-to-text, phonetic search and named entity recognition technology in their product Voxalead. What was interesting is that this technology combined rich media (video and voice) search with the ability to point and mark on a specific place in these media. So, we can combine search media and tagging. This is really cool!

To show more specific examples, I created two cases. One of them is a video search for “Google”. As you can see, a specific point in this video shows place and text transcription of place where the name “Google” was mentioned. So you don’t need to spend your time and watch the whole video, you can go directly to specific place.

Another example is search in an audio stream that contains the name “Bernard Charles”. The same cool result! I can go directly to the place where Bernard’s name is mentioned and listen exactly to this portion of the audio stream.

So, I hope you enjoyed these examples. I’m sure, in the future, we will find additional ways to explore information and media and 3D. I’m expecting more Search, Tagging and 3D technologies to provide a great adventure for people looking for new products, information and media.

Best, Oleg

Tiger Woods and my dad have something in common

By Tim

No, it’s not below-par rounds of golf. My dad’s sport was basketball. But both golf and b-ball contributed to their common link – bad knees.  Tiger’s knee injury ended his 2008 season prematurely. Tiger had arthroscopic surgery and physical therapy and is winning at his sport once again.

My dad also had arthroscopic surgery. It helped him for a while. But in his late 50’s he underwent complete knee replacement surgery on his right knee. A few years later, he had his left knee replaced. Then about 10 years after that, he underwent a second replacement on his right knee. Though he never got back on the basketball court, the implants definitely helped him maintain his quality of life by keeping him mobile and eliminating his knee pain.

Both Tiger and my dad have been helped thanks to ongoing research of knee mechanics and orthopedic implants. Researchers at Scripps Clinic have recently published a study on patients with knee replacements.

 At the time of surgery, they implanted tiny computer chips in the patient’s knees. These chips sent data to receivers that recorded the stresses on the knee joint during various activities. They then used the data, in combination with Abaqus FEA software from SIMULIA, to make increasingly complex 3D computer models of human knees. With these realistic models they can now perform accurate virtual tests on a variety of potential knee replacement parts and surgical techniques. Check out the case study on Scripp’s research published at Design World Magazine’s website.

Other researchers, such as the team at the University of Aberdeen  in the UK, have also published a study on using realistic simulation to understand the effect of ACL reconstructive surgery. Check out their paper published at the 2009 SIMULIA Customer Conference.

Engineers at Zimmer  and the University of Wisconsin-Madison collaborated on research published at the 2008 Abaqus Users’ Conference on material modeling of a virtual biomechanical knee.

Knee biomechanics and orthopedic implants is just one area of bioengineering research that is being performed with Abaqus. In the coming weeks, I will report on many other engineering groups who are creating virtual 3D models and realistic simulations of the human body to develop innovative products and medical treatments that are significantly enhancing the quality and longevity of our lives.




Have you had knee surgery, a knee replacement, or other type of implant? Feel free to leave a comment about your experience or your view of using realistic simulation for bioengineering research.

Announcing 3DVIA TV: Dedicated Video Content for

By Cliff

The launch of 3DVIA.TV is one step in 3DVIA’s effort to improve how users discover and learn the benefits of 3DVIA technologies. Consider 3DVIA.TV your own personal video tutor for anything and everything 3DVIA.

3DVIA.TV Will be Your One Stop Shop for 3DVIA Video Content Including:

· Trailers

· Software tutorials

· Interviews

· Cliff’s Clips

· Podcasts

· Live streaming

· & more

To kick-off 3DVIA.TV, we have an exciting episode of 3DVIA People with Bernard Charlès, the CEO of Dassault Systèmes, and the visionary behind 3DVIA. This is a must-watch episode.

3DVIA.TV will also be broadcasting a live video feed from SIGGRAPH 2009 from August 4th-7th.

We will be posting at least one video every week so tune into 3DVIA.TV often.

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