First Solar-Powered Flight Across America Lands in New York

By Elena

Giving people the power to imagine sustainable innovations is the core purpose behind Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, and nothing embodies that spirit more than Solar Impulse.  New York City was the final stop in the solar plane’s cross-country tour, and if you are lucky enough to be in the area this weekend, you can see the airplane for yourself on Sunday (July 14) at John F. Kennedy Airport! Just sign up here: http://solarimpulseatnyconsunday.eventbrite.com/

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg spent the last decade envisioning and building the solar powered airplane that could fly long distances, and last weekend it completed one of its first major tests.  The team landed at JFK after a two month journey that started in San Francisco, and included stops in Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Washington, D.C.

Making the Solar Impulse plane was no small feat – it includes nearly 12,000 silicon solar cells and 880 pounds of batteries to store electricity that powers four electric motors.  Being an experimental plane also made it subject to Federal Aviation Administration regulations that stipulate it must take off in the early morning hours, before other air traffic.  As a result, the solar-powered aircraft flew day and night to complete its historic journey.

This is truly a milestone in the aerospace industry and a precursor to what the future holds for us all – clean and sustainable aircraft.  Dassault Systèmes is proud to be a specialty partner in the endeavor to make it a reality!

What’s next for the Solar Impulse team?  They’re taking the lessons learned from their cross country journey and planning an around-the-world flight for 2015.

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I love my Austin Mini and Wacky Races!

By Jonathan

I’m a big fan of classic cars and motorbikes, I’ve got three altogether. My 1987 Austin Mini is my daily runner and I love it. It’s a bit sick at the moment, so I’ve got to look after it! Luckily for sick Minis there are lots of parts available on numerous websites and always so many friendly people to give you advice.

But don’t worry, I do hire big “modern” cars for holidays; my family appreciates the comfort, luggage capacity and above all the safety…and of course, the geek in me likes the gadgets! But there’s something I do in modern cars that I never do in my old “bangers”… I nearly fall asleep at the wheel!

I’m not saying that modern cars should break down and make squeaky noises like old cars, but what about the emotional experience?

Take, for example, the cool commercial for the Peugeot 208. It’s the Wacky Races!

He even gets Penelope at the end, I can’t believe it!

I loved the Wacky Races as a child (and secretly still do), and knew that Transportation & Mobility was where I wanted to work when I grew up. Peugeot’s commercial is so well done, but it got me thinking, which car would I rather be in? The 208 or one of the Wacky racing cars, well I know for sure which would be more fun!

And that’s just it; modern cars are just not fun anymore (except of course expensive thoroughbred sports cars). Modern cars are much safer, they’re quieter, have better music systems, they are an engineering miracle! But, I feel we’ve lost the pleasure of being mobile. I have more fun being mobile when jogging than driving a modern car down a country lane at 100kph!

Peugeot’s purpose “Motion & Emotion” really speaks to me, it really is that. Jump up and down with joy or sit like a sac when you’re sad. We cannot disconnect our emotions with our motions.

What do you think should happen? Should future mobility be more emotional no matter if we take the train, a car, a bicycle or a tram?

In the mean time I’ll still be keeping my 1987 Austin Mini :wink:

Mobilely yours,
Jonathan

Have you ever wondered how your cat or dog sees?

By Fred

You will now get your answers with AllEyes! The AllEyes experiment is a social 3DExperience offering everyone the ability to see through the eyes of animals you are familiar with. Watch this:

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Based on actual scientific data, the objective is to teach both children & adults about animal vision by immersing oneself into a 3D visual interactive simulation. Beyond individual differences (nearsightedness, color-blindness, etc), all human eyes see the same. However, our binocular vision is very different from that of most animals: indeed, eyes are not always even placed in the same way in the animal kingdom – or even designed to see the same things humans see. You will be able to experience what they see, what they feel, and what are their constraints in a real time 3D evnironment, moving around Place Vendôme (coming from our Paris3D experience :wink: ), one of the most prestigious square in Paris.

This 3D Experience comes with two modes:

  • A simulation part, where adults and teachers can learn and explain better, switching back and forth from animal to human vision
  • Mini-games for each animal, where players have to circumvent the constraints of animal vision to get the best scores

A Scientific committee led by Dr. Didier Schmidt-Morand, Veterinary Ophthalmologist, is behind this project to provide data and studies enabling a scientific simulation and validate the real life conformity. To learn more and answer all your questions, we invite you to join the dedicated social community to discuss and interact with the subject matter experts.

Play now the AllEyesOnParis 3D Experience. It’s online, fun, and free! Enjoy! :D



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