Live Dashboard: South By Southwest (#SXSW) 2014

By Aurelien

This entry is the repost originally posted on Netvibes’ blog.

Whether you’re a fan of music, indie films or emerging technologies, Austin will definitely be the place to be in the forthcoming days. Between March 7 and 16, the capital of Texas will hold the famous South by Southwest (SXSW) conferences & festival. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery.

SXSW 2014 Live Dashboard

Can’t make it to Austin? Not a problem: we’ve got you covered. To make sure you won’t miss a thing, we’ve set up a comprehensive Live Dashboard gathering all the relevant info in one single place, including:

  • social networks monitoring (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • blogs
  • movies & pictures
  • agenda
  • exhibitors and sponsors profiles
  • and more…

Like with every Live Dashboard, Netvibes will give you access to the advanced tools only available with our Premium Dashboards, like SmartFilters and Analytics. With our latest apps (like Social Search), easily keep up with all the news and announcements and don’t miss a single bit of info about SXSW. Follow the event from your desktop, on your mobile phone or in your couch.

Also featured on the Live Dashboard, you will find Dassault Systèmes’ contribution to SXSW: “Mr & Mrs Dream”, a virtual unreality show co-produced with choreographer and dancer Marie-Claude Pietragalla. Learn more at: http://reve.3ds.com/en

And check out the SXSW 2014 Live Dashboard now! :D

American Bobsled Team and Dassault Systemes’ SolidWorks Partner To Win Medal at Sochi Olympics

By Suzanne

Congratulations to the United States 4-Man Bobsled team who won the Bronze Medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics with a sled, NightTrain II, that was designed using Dassault Systemes’ SolidWorks. The Bo-Dyn Bobsled company founded by engineer Bob Cuneo and NASCAR legend Geoff Bodine turned to SolidWorks to help them build a sled that was ready for the challenging course in Sochi.

In an interview with Fast Company, Bodine spoke about the how “technical” the track was:

“All the corners are difficult.” In particular, there is a section of the track where a series of corners lead to a stretch of track that goes uphill. All of which makes it especially important to build a bobsled that is highly navigable, since to come off those corners with any lost momentum can impair the team’s ability to plow through that uphill stretch. “That’s where they can lose those thousandths of a second.”

American Bobsled

The challenge, according to Bodine, was to find a way design a winning sled for Sochi without building multiple prototypes.

“We knew we needed an accurate and precise 3D design that could give us a realistic and cost-effective way to test and tweak Night Train 2® prototypes. The solution was SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS helped us design using a lighter material and creating multiple 3D prototypes of the bobsled on the computer so we could get it just the way we wanted it before we began building and manufacturing it.

SOLIDWORKS was incredible for allowing us to experiment with the weight of the sled and how that impacts the handling of the bobsled. You win in these races by a very small amount of time and the key to winning is very small changes in design. SOLIDWORKS lets us quickly make those crucial changes.”

Bodine and Cuneo took the stage at SolidWorks World in San Diego last month to discuss how SolidWorks assisted them and brought along some taped messages from the team headed by Steve Holcomb.

American Bobsled at SWW14

Watch coverage of the story by 7news:

American Bobsled on 7news

This is not the first time Dassault Systemes’ 3DExperience been used to create high-speed vehicles; we’ve helped our customers break land speed records, race in Formula One, follow the Sun across Australia and round the track in NASCAR.

We’re proud to add the Bronze Medal winning run of Team USA’s NightTrain II to the list!  :-)

American Bobsled Team in Sochi

 

Smart is Beautiful, or the Aesthetics of a Connected Vehicle Experience

By Neno

At this year’s Festival de l’Automobile International (FAI), the contenders for the “Creativ’ Experience” award showed impressive new ways to bring harmony, style and passion to the interfaces of the connected, intelligent vehicle.

Scene

Festival de l'Automobile International

In the 29th edition of the renowned FAI many of today´s automotive design leaders had their latest innovations on the catwalk – in front of the magnificent scenery of the Hôtel National des Invalides in the heart of Paris.

As every year, prestigious awards were waiting to honour outstanding design achievements in categories like the most beautiful car, the most beautiful interior or for achievements for the environment.

Scope

2014 Festival de l'Automobile International - all winners on stage

Dassault Systèmes, a many-year partner of this venue, last year introduced a second “Grand Prix” award for companies doing significant research optimizing the user experience of driving an intelligent car, including the user experience of connecting with its surrounding world. Industry professionals call this approach “creative experience”.

Solutions

Anne Asensio and Pierre Marchadier on FAI 2014 stage

It should be no surprise that most contenders presented solutions around the Human-Machine-Interface. While it looks simple to get information to the car and back to the external world, we find that many user concepts today overstrain drivers who – in contrast to a smartphone user – must not be distracted from driving at any time. In that respect, all present OEMs showed impressive achievements that make functional complexity more simple and safe to use. At the same time, the user interfaces become more intuitive, aesthetic and compelling to explore. Here are some examples we saw at the FAI:

BMW i App

BMW has designed an amazing digital navigation environment integrating the smartphone and cockpit interfaces that invite drivers to discover the many new benefits from electric mobility, and at the same time master the range limitation with multi-modal mobility solutions – that’s cool!

Nissan NISMO watch

NISSAN brings “lifeblood into the driving experience”: NISMO, a beautifully designed arm-watch integrates body data like blood pressure with vehicle information to generate entirely new statistics about driving behaviour.

Amongst such a fabulous competition, it was not an easy win for AUDI, who took the award of the “Creativ’ Experience”, yet a well deserved one for sure: Their “eKurzinfo”, which is a dynamic electronic user manual for the new A3 model, creates an unprecedented user experience: Augmented Reality is helping to discover vehicle functions with handheld devices. Users are provided with an instant and intuitive way to get to know their A3, simply using a marvelously designed app for mobile devices. The jury was impressed how AUDI realised such a smart and seamless digital continuity to ignite emotion and comfort in discovering vehicle functions. Audi A3 users for sure will appreciate this experience too.

AUDI eKurzinfo 01AUDI eKurzinfo 02
AUDI eKurzinfo 03
AUDI eKurzinfo 04

Seeking perfection

These are all brilliant achievements in a moment of time. But how can designers keep up with the ever-increasing complexity and speed of innovation? How can they match with continuously changing tastes and styles, with societal and technological influences all over the globe?

Virtualisation is a key enabler to cope with these challenges. Creating innovation by means of an immersive digital model allows designers to imagine a holistic user experience. Dynamic, three-dimensional views very close to reality help them conceive the physical and emotional outcome of their designs. Moreover, they can even invite the future users to validate the experience at very early stages, and they can incorporate the feedback from these “virtual clinic” multitudes faster than in a physical design environment.

Dassault Systemes My Car Experience - Industry Solution Experience

Dassault Systèmes has recently launched “My Car Experience”, a digital platform for designers on which they can imagine vehicles and “virtual universes” for creating mobility innovation. Along with the 3D-environment, process and data management, this collaborative platform provides capability for “social listening and collaboration”.

Seeking perfection by means of virtual universes will certainly be a key enabler for creating the future of mobility, but in my view nothing can replace some key events in the real world – like the FAI is one – when designers, their creations and the judging client meet for a unique and unrepeatable moment in life.

  • What do you think about designing the future of mobility?
  • How do you think virtual universes can help on this endeavour?

I am looking forward to your comments!  :-)

Neno HorvatNeno Horvat is a member of the Transportation&Mobility Industry team.



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