Design Visualization Contest

By Xavier

RCcar

Post your visuals and …

 

… win an Apple iPod Touch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create and convince, the two obsessions of creative designers.

 

 

 

Yes, creation has always been the key mission and challenge for designers. It’s a difficult exercise to work on future products, trying to anticipate and visualize future consumer trends. And it is even more difficult to sell this vision to decide whether it will be developed or not.

Recently one of my designer friends told me that he has to spend almost half of his time to convince people about his design proposals. This means that any tool that can help him to present, explain and convince decision makers about his design intent is critical to his success.

 

 

As you know designers also have a strong visual culture and way of communication. This is the reason why industrial design software like CATIA for Design offers photorealistic real-time and rendering visualization tools. To help designers communicate their Designs.

ENSCI Minivan

Strate College - Concept Autolib

Not too long ago designers used to communicate their design intent with only sketches and sometimes with physical clay prototypes. Today’s new generation designers express and communicate their ideas and creations with sketches as do painters, but also with 3D visualization as do sculptors.

 

ENSCI – Agathe Fournis

ENSCI – Agathe Fournis

With this design visualization contest we would like to give you the opportunity to share your visuals and rendering made with Dassault Systèmes CATIA software solutions. To participate, just post in the comments section of this blog article your rendering or screen-shot of realtime visualization. Feel free to add any comments or details about your visuals and the story of the product or the image.

 

 

 

 

Share your passion, blow away the DS community,

and win an Apple iPod touch.

Post your visuals until the July 12, 2009. On July 25, 2009 a Dassault Systemes jury will publish the 5 best visuals on the Design Studio community website and the top 3 winners will receive an Apple iPod Touch.

Can you ‘shake the pepper’ with Natal?

By Kate

Wouldn’t you know that just as I was about to start translating/transcribing another VR interview about, I came across a video of Microsoft’s Natal project.

Launched yesterday, the project’s already generating buzz. I’ve read some critical speculation in the blogosphere about whether the scenarios shown in the video are feasible or not. What do you think?

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Time.com journalist Lev Grossman explains how Natal works:

What they came up with is a kind of self-contained module that you add onto your Xbox 360. It has a video camera in it that tracks where your body is and what you’re doing with it. It also has a monochrome camera (it works with infrared) that reads depth — how far away your body and its component parts are — and a highly specialized microphone that can pick up voice commands. Along with all this hardware, it’s got a ton of software that tells the Xbox how to find your body’s various joints (it tracks 48 of them), how to keep track of multiple players at the same time, how to tell your Hawaiian shirt apart from the colorful wallpaper behind you, and so on. Microsoft even did an acoustic study of living rooms, so Project Natal can tell when you’re talking, when your buddies are talking and when somebody in the game is talking, so it knows whom to take voice commands from.

I can’t help but think about my chat with Christophe Chartier published in Equipping Our VR Future. He said:

If we want the development of VR equipment to be really mainstream the technology must be transparent. So forget set-ups including specialized gloves and headsets, which are today’s emblems of virtual reality equipment. In my opinion they won’t permit the mass deployment of VR technology. The set-up should integrate with the home environment, and for this we need equipment that’s more and more intelligent.

I think Natal will bring us a step closer. Yet it’s not quite in line with David Nahon’s description that VR is about,

Sensing and acting, perceiving and acting in the virtual world with your body.

After all, you’re sensing and perceiving in your living room, no matter how large the screen.

I’d certainly like to try it out though. ‘Beats my Intellivision days! Although I’m not sure I could play BurgerTime on Natal. Shake that pepper!

Best,

Kate

The New General Motors

By Kate


It’s all over the news. I saw a TV report about it last night, and listened to more today while driving into work.

This morning General Motors is filing for bankruptcy!

According to a Detroit News article:

GM, the storied 100-year-old Detroit automaker that once was the world’s largest company, was forced into bankruptcy by the administration after losing $88 billion since 2005. The company ran out of money in late 2008 before being rescued by $13.4 billion in government loans in the waning days of the Bush administration.

“Today will rank as another historic day for the company — the end of an old General Motors and the beginning of a new one,” the White House said in a fact sheet.

I’m intrigued. What will this new General Motors look like?

What innovations will bridge the new General Motors into our future?

Best,

Kate

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