Mydeco Eyedeco Buydeco

By Kate

You heard it here first folks! 

Remember my sneak prevue post?  iPhone + Photos + 3D Objects = Yum! 

Ok, look again (or for the first time) and notice the lead photo. 

Nah, not the 3D object superimposed on the 2D photo.  Look at the person sitting in the chair. 

Yeah, yeah, Brent Hoberman from  Who cares? 

Ahhh, well read this from Retail Technology news! launches the ‘Furnish Your Photo’ app

I’d seen some buzz about this recently on Twitter, but then Fred sent me the link to the Retail Technology article and I thought twas time to share with you 3DP people. 

According to the article:

The interior design retail website said although the app already includes more interior design themed 3D models than any other iPhone app, it plans to expand the range to include approx 75,000 3D models from the catalogue of over 5 million furniture items already available on

So what are you waiting for, iPhone users?  Grab the mydeco app and start making your interior design fantasies reality!  Just take your photos then you mydeco, eyedeco and if you like what you see, buydeco. 



P.S. It’s not only the little white rabbit that’s running out of time.  Time’s running out on mydeco’s Alice in Wonderland 3D room contest as well.  Closing date is THIS Friday!

The Ergonomics of Clumsiness

By Therese

433px-Schweizerhaus18 wikiA funny thing happened last weekend when my husband and I were out, sans kids, enjoying a nice dinner. A very obnoxious patron was seated nearby, demanding faster service by the already efficient waiter. I watched as the waiter skillfully weaved in and out of tables, taking fast turns around corners, all-the-while balancing a huge try full of plates and water glasses, in order to meet the patron at the table quickly. I’m by nature a clumsy person so his ability to move fluidly without dropping anything off the tray amazed me.

Then it happened.

An unexpected obstacle appeared: another customer, unaware, stretched his legs right in the way of the approaching waiter. I gasped when I realized he was milliseconds away from imminent disaster. I obviously didn’t give the waiter enough credit because he must have caught sight of the foot, stepped over it and appeared at the obnoxious patron’s table with everything intact. “Incredible,” I remarked to my husband, adding that it wouldn’t have been horrible if food landed on that annoying guy.

Then we got talking about how good the waiter was. His structured movement, ability to weave around tables and avoid collisions, keeping all obstacles and people away from any accidents was truly impressive! It got me thinking about how similar a waiter is to a production worker in manufacturing.

Seriously, there are commonalities. Think about it.

In both instances people (industry workers and waiters) move objects, both often use the same muscles (arms) through repetitive use, work directly with physical objects (machinery or dinner plates), need to time their movements (with equipment versus a waiter bringing food to the table).

We then chatted about simulating the waiter’s movements ahead of time. Okay maybe that part is a little out there, but there is no doubt that accidents can be avoided if you simulate a pattern and movements ahead of time.

Our waiter got lucky, but worker safety is indeed an important topic in manufacturing. That thought brings me back to a statistic I heard on a conference call recently where more than 1 million accidents occur each year in the Energy sector alone. How much safer can manufacturing environments be if human movements and machine interactions are simulated ahead of time? 

Worker safety and Virtual Ergonomic in general will be one of the topics my friend and colleague Julie Charland will discuss at an upcoming conference– the AEC (Applied Ergonomics Conference) the week of March 22.

I can’t wait to find out how it goes and will be sure to blog about. Now, if only I could bring Virtual Ergonomics into my own life. Maybe that would make me less clumsy!

Meanwhile, check out this Virtual Ergo showing worker movements.

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What do you think about this?



Therese SnowTherese Snow works for Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA brand.

The Creepy Side of 3D Indoor Mapping

By Kate
Photo by Andrew Balet

Photo by Andrew Balet

Last night I read an article about Nokia’s plans to develop 3D indoor mapping for Ovi.  Creeperific!

Ok not fair, let me think through this a bit . . .

The Outside

We’re already pretty good at 3D outdoor mapping.  I remember a few years back when Stephen Lawler presented Microsoft Virtual Earth at ECF.  How Microsoft was droning major cities around the planet to record real 3D topographies for digital use.  Here’s where they are today.

There also exist industry applications/mutations of 3D “outdoor mapping”.  For example with handheld devices such as Noomeo’s Optinum you can scan a 3D map of your head.  Such 3D scanner devices enable you to record 3D maps of large structures like ships.  This is useful in the worlds of 3D CAD and PLM.

None of these outdoor categories seem creepy to me.

Now let’s take 3D indoor mapping first from an industry perspective.

The Inside

Think medical devices and life sciences.  3D ultrasounds.  Building a mechanically accurate 3D model of the human foot .  I’m sure you can think of other examples.

What about 3D virtual events?  We’ve 3D indoor mapped the French Virtual Pavillion that will be for-real shown at the Shanghai World Expo.

How about inside your home?  With 3DVIA Shape you can 3D indoor map your kitchen, which as Cliff explains is pretty handy for making decisions with your dearest.

Not creepy.  This stuff is helpful.

So what would be some advantages to Nokia’s 3D indoor mapping offer?

1) It’s a step towards democratizing indoor 3D mapping (not everyone has an iPhone).

2) You can get familiar with public places like museums before you visit and build smarter, more precise itineraries.

3) 3D-savvy bank robbers can get a better feel for theft scenarios (if you have an evil, greedy side, forget I said this) ;-)

4) Fill in the blank.  ___________________ What benefits do you see?  3D indoor mapping is good for what purpose?



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