Netvibes Live Dashboard: South By Southwest (#SXSW) 2013

By Aurelien

This blog entry is a repost from Netvibes’ blog.

If you’re a fan of music, indie films and emerging technologies, Austin will definitely be the place to be in the forthcoming days. Between March 8 and 17, 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.

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, Google+ 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 through the Giza3D project demonstrating jointly with Harvard University how 3D Experiences are pushing their way into the classroom as a new kind of learning medium. If you will be attending SXSW, here is more details about the time and venue.

Dassault Systèmes will also cover SXSWi (Interactive), follow @Dassault3DS and upcoming blog posts on 3D Perspectives for more! And of course, follow @netvibes on Twitter too! ;)

Check out the SXSW Live Dashboard now! http://sxsw.netvibesbusiness.com/

 

Our Holidays Program: Experience Ancient Egypt!

By Remi

Khufu Reborn Pyramid Egypt Djedi

We already talked about it: we love pyramids! And actually we love them so much we thought you’d like to experience them as well… in 3D (and even on your 3D TV!). So Dassault Systèmes developed an application to truly go back in time and visit old Egypt.

Still skeptical? Let me tell you, you’ve never seen a lecture this fascinating: the topic’s hot, the technology to showcase it kicks ass and whenever you have a question, just stop and hang around to explore the pyramid and get your questions answered! And to quote our friends from the BBC:

we may be on the very edge of uncovering some of our past’s greatest secrets.

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So if you feel like going on holidays, discovering pyramids and ancient Egypt just like they were 4,500 years ago, just click here! Otherwise, if you don’t have time to browse through the whole adventure, I thought I’d split it so that you can pick your choice! ;-)

First part is called “the two enigmas of the Great Pyramid” and talks about how the pyramid was built, especially regarding other pyramids. So if you want to have an overview of what’s so mysterious about Khufu’s pyramid, I’d recommend you take a look at this part.

Second part is about “the genius of the builders”. Basically, if you want to learn about the architectural side of the pyramid construction, head there! Plus, it’s divided in three parts so you can understand the whole construction process (it’s my favorite part!).

Third part is named “seventy days to be reborn” and explains the whole process behind Khufu’s preparation before being put inside the pyramid. You’d like to see the rituals? That’s over here!

Fourth part is called “the paths to eternity” and gives you Jean Pierre Houdin’s point of view about the King’s chamber and its construction secret! (My second favorite part… The architects back then were truly geniuses!)

The final part “simply” allows you to travel completely freely around the pyramid and its construction site.

Enjoy the ride and tell us what you thought about that! :wink:

Best,

Rémi

PS: just an advice, during the loading process, be sure to say “no” if your browser asks if you want to stop the 3Dvia plug-in. It happens sometimes but always loads afterwards… I’m guessing this is ancient Gods testing if you’re worth seeing their land! ;-)

PPS: if you want to share the adventure, feel free to do so! Here’s the link: www.3ds.com/khufu

Exclusive 3D Reconstruction of the Djedi Robot Findings in the Great Pyramid

By Mehdi
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As part of our Passion for Innovation sponsorship program, Dassault Systèmes partnered with Scoutek and Leeds University, UK, in 2009, supporting the Djedi Robot Mission to explore the mysterious shafts in the Great Pyramid.

If the Passion for Innovation initiative allows us to provide financial support for this innovative project our strength lies, above all, in our ability to add our 3D engineering competency and cutting-edge 3D technology to such missions.

My team and I are proud to be a part of this cross-disciplinary and innovative team, selected by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities to send a robot probe named Djedi into the Queen’s Chamber shafts and explore parts of the Great Pyramid hidden from human eyes for 4,500 years.

Last week stories from New Scientist, Discovery, CNN and others broke the news that the Djedi robot had revealed some previously undiscovered hieroglyphs in one of the shafts and relayed these never seen before images.

These images and mission reports were published in the 84th edition of Annales du Service Des Antiquités de l’Egypte (ASAE), the official publication of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.

The robot has been designed and simulated in 3D to make sure it would work on the field right from the start and would be easily maintained in operations.

But 3D is not only a tool for engineers and we believe that the best way to experience this adventure for yourself is through 3D experiences we are able to deliver. We spent this weekend capturing images in real-time, in a virtual 3D world, to help the public -all publics- understand what the robot has seen.

You’ll see the robot and its environment in full context.  Without need for words, you’ll understand the technical challenge as you’ll see Djedi navigate itself through a 20cmx20cm tunnel in the pyramid.

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We would like to remind the public that, as exciting as this work is, it is a work in progress.  We still have much to learn from Djedi, and Egyptologists still must interpret the meaning and significance of the hieroglyphs.

“Red-painted numbers and graffiti are very common around Giza,” says Peter Der Manuelian, an Egyptologist at Harvard University and a Passion for Innovation partner. “They are often masons’ or work-gangs’ marks, denoting numbers, dates or even the names of the gangs.”

3D has a way of turning question marks into exclamation points, and we enjoy sharing this with you.

Best,

Mehdi

Dassault Systemes 3DS Giza Pyramid Djedi Mehdi is the Interactive Strategy Director at Dassault Systèmes.



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