iPhone + Photos + 3D Objects = Yum!

By Kate
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I know. The photo looks a little funky. But it was taken with an iPhone yesterday just after Brent Hoberman from mydeco.com spoke at #DSDEVCON09.

I realize you may be confused. What’s that 3D chair doing next to Brent?

Ah hahhhhhh!

Well you see . . . Gerald and Stéphane from our R&D department have been busy developing some 3D fun for iPhone.

Here’s the story behind the photo:

3DVIA CEO Lynn Wilson asked Brent to stay onstage after his presentation and sit in the groovy black chair you see in the photo. Then Gerald whipped out his iPhone and took a photo of the scene and, from 3dvia.com, imported the 3D model into the photo.

So what?

Well think about it. You’re at home and want to talk home deco with your spouse. There’s a sofa model that’s caught your eye, but you’re not sure how it will look in your living room. So you use your iPhone to take a picture of your living room and import through 3dvia.com various 3D models of REAL sofas, i.e., sofas sold on mydeco.com. This is the closest thing to having the real thing delivered to your home to try-then-buy. Yet no trips to the store, no credit card downpayments, no delivery men in your house.

Do you like it?

With the help of Gerald and Stéphane, I made a modest little video that shows how it works:

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Of course it can be used for frivolous means as well. Check out these snapshots Stéphane passed me:

Coming soon to App Store . . .



Join Us Virtually at #DEVCON09, Anytime

By Kate
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Hi everyone,

I’ve had a whopping cup of black coffee and am ready to roll for another day of Devcon. There are still many things I’d like to blog about from yesterday, but I’m waiting to see what happens today before I commit to any content.

Meanwhile . . . are you sitting somewhere other than the Devcon breakout sessions? Fred Vacher has told me the Devcon virtual conference spaces, like the Shanghai World Expo 2010, will be open for your leisurely browsing and playing for a long time.

Fred took me on a tour of the virtual spaces this morning, and here’s what I like best:

  • The 3D objects are smart objects, meaning you can listen to that radio you see, and even change the channel if you don’t like the song playing! Go ahead, try to open all the cabinets and play all the media!
  • You can replay your favorite keynotes
  • You can interact with partner content
  • Your avatar is a Virtools person, just like in the video games
  • All the environments are made with 3DVIA Virtools, no Flash

I’m working on getting a 1 minute video of the virtual space and will add it here once obtained.

You also may enjoy Al Dean’s notes from his live Devcon experience yesterday.

Instructions to connect virtually: let ‘er rip!

To enter the conference :

1. Register by clicking here.

2. Select your Persona.

3. Enter in one of the 4 virtual rooms tagged “virtualdevcon”





To run 3D Virtual DevCon, you will need the 3dvia plug-in. In most cases the plug-in will install and execute itself automatically without any problem. If you notice a yellow bar at the top of your Internet Explorer window stating that the download is blocked, click on it and choose “Authorize the content”.

Minimal system configuration for running 3DVIA Virtual Devcon Private Beta:

  • Microsoft Windows(XP or Vista)
  • Pentium 4 1GHz(or equivalent)-512MB of RAM
  • Internet Explorer (6.0+), Firefox (3.0+)
  • 128MB Video card
  • Pilot DirectX 9c or recent
  • Windows MediaPlayer 9
  • High speed Internet connection



Addendum: The number of spots for the registration link is limited.  If you try to enter after the limit is reached, use this URL instead.

Eye Tracking Super Power with Tobii

By Kate
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Antoine and Nicolas from Tobii

Antoine and Nicolas from Tobii

Have you ever tried moving objects with your . . . eyes?

If you’re at Devcon you can, just pop by the Tobii booth. Granted the objects you’ll move will be photos and words, but I promise you’ll feel as if you’ve been given a new super-power.

The market for eye tracking software and devices is interesting, and the proof, Tobii’s business is growing by gallops every year. Who’s using it? There are four main industries soaking up the stuff:

Market research and usability
This is interesting for website and software usability, online marketing . . . package design and shelf placement, and sponsoring and product placement. And although just starting to peep its head out of the egg (so to speak), Dassault Systèmes is now exploring using eye tracking with its 3DVIA Virtual Shopping solution. Lifelike baby!

Scientific research
If yours eyes are the windows to your soul, Tobii is going to get pretty intimate with your subconscious. Well, the psychologists will at least. Psychology and vision researchers are mixing eye tracking into their lab kits. There are some neat things happening in terms of infant research, for example. The babes can’t talk, but you can figure out what’s happening in there by studying their gazes. Other examples of research fields cracking for eye tracking include psycholinguistics and neuropsychology.

Assistance technology
Eye tracking allows disabled people to manage artificial intelligence interfaces with their gaze. They can browse the web, write messages, and in some cases “speak” for the first time. Unassisted.

OEM technology
This is where it gets interesting for traditional product innovation. What if you could integrate an eye tracking device into medical instruments and vehicles? Imagine the lives that could be saved if all cars contained an eye tracking device that would detect driver drowsiness and then set off some sort of alarm to jolt your system into alertedness . . .

The possibilities are endless, up to us to invent them. If you were to invent an eye tracking innovation, what would it be?

A demain!



P.S. Here’s a moving video about a professor with ALS using eye tracking to get his life back on track.

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