An Italian’s Take on French VR Cereal Gameplay

By Kate
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The following blogpost is by Matteo Mannuci, one of the lucky not-in-France recipients of a VR Chocapic cereal box.  Matteo is a practicing architect in Florence, Italy.  I’ve translated his French post to English, and the artwork and photos are his.  Molte grazie, Matteo!

10 p.m.:  Tonight I spent time with one of my best friends and adventure buddies, Luca Aluffi, who also wore his own famous 3D glasses, sent to us by Kate!

Once we cut out and assembled our glasses, we threw ourselves into the game.  My super MacBook Pro had a problem with the plug-in, but with a bit of patience everything worked fine on Windows.  Luca’s little computer beat my powerful MacBook.

The game was excellent!!!! Blam, zam, bling!  The game is so well made and fun, it hypnotized us.  We laughed like children; while the game is very fun to play, it’s also fun to watch Luca playing . . .  Ah! Ah! Ah !

We tried all the levels, and I like the second one the best!!  Thanks again Kate.  We’re ready for the next 3D adventure!


P.S.  Next time will you send us the cereal inside the box too ?  Ah! Ah! Ah ! :p

Harvard Gets Immersive VR with Giza 3D

By Kate
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Peter Der Manuelian tells me that Giza 3D at Harvard’s immersive virtual reality Viz Center is up and running, and the 170 undergraduate students in his “Pyramid Schemes” Egyptian archaeology class are loving it!

Here’s a 30 second sneak into the classroom:

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And for a more in depth idea of the content being shared and discussed in the Viz Center, here’s a Peter-guided video though and early version of Giza 3D. 

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I’d love to hear from any of you Harvard students or faculty who’ve tested the experience.  In real life, how is it?


P.S. For more information about Giza 3D, you may enjoy this blogpost.

Dymola Libraries in Action:CATIA V6

By Caroline
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Hey there! My name is Caroline Heleu and I’m an intern with the CATIA Product Introduction team.  Over the coming weeks I’ll be sharing some of my top product demo videos and interviews with their makers.  I’d like to begin with Dymola and what I learned by speaking with Fabrice Pinot, one of our systems engineers.

The video by Roberto Licata is about CATIA V6R2011 SYSTEMS New Dymola Libraries

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This is a feature-based video we posted on YouTube to illustrate what the new release of CATIA is bringing. In this example, we are delivering new goodness for systems engineering. It mostly shows the additional libraries that contain behaviors you can apply on your geometry. Thanks to this you can simulate these behaviors in 3D.

Of course you can mix different physical aspects in your 3D.  All this is based on complex mathematical equations; physical phenomena are described using equations to conveniently model complex physical systems containing for example mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic, etc.

What you see in this video is not a simple animation; this is a true simulation, based on these mathematical equations.

We have been able to model an ABS system on one of the 2 SUV’s. You can clearly see in 3D how each SUVs reacts.  The one with ABS simply stops but the other one skids, loses control and rolls over. And the video shows the user modeling and actually “putting” the behaviors on the different part of the breaking system down to the suspension, then simulating these SUVs in a specific environment, here on a slippery road.

I’d like to highlight another point Fabrice made.  Thanks to Dymola, you don’t need to use additional systems engineering software to test scenarios like before.  Staying within the CATIA V6 environment you can do achieve this process.

That’s all folks!


Caroline Heleu is interning with CATIA.

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