Entries tagged as: Just Plain Cool

Winner of the Da Vinci 3D Competition designs 3D Flying Pack; wins HP ZBook w/ AMD FirePro graphics

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 29, 2014

Leonardo Da Vinci had a real passion for complex machine concepts.  During his life back in the Italian Renaissance (1452 – 1519)  he designed flying machines, helicopters, lens grinding machines, hydraulic machines and many advanced weapons. The Da Vinci 3D Competition was intended to bring these strange machine design to virtual life and simulate their behavior!

Thibault Waltzer, a student at UTBM, Montbéliard France, specializing in mechanical engineering, ergonomics and design was voted as the 1st place winner.  He will take home an HP ZBook 14 with AMD FirePro M graphics. The second and third place winners will receive an AMD FirePro W7000 and AMD FirePro W5000, respectively.

Thibault combined together 2 Da Vinci concepts: the Helix system with the Flying Machine, in order to create the “Flying Pack”.  Not only did he reconstruct the original manuscripts drawings in 3D, but he also invented a new machine and designed it!
image

Interactive holographic presentation of Shell products using AMD FirePro W9000 + Ventuz

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 25, 2014

Everyone is fascinated and immersed by holograms. Russian agency Inty took advantage of this to create an interactive, animated holographic presentation for Shell to present their product line to Russian distributors and partners.

An AMD FirePro W9000 drove a Panasonic 20K lm projector and lighting to create a 6 x 3.4 meters image on a Freeformat holographic screen by Vizoo. Foreground, middle and background lighting merge together to create a realistic holographic-type image. Ventuz software combined with radarTouch was used to create the multi-touch interactivity.

What if you could get the power of the new AMD FirePro W9100 at half the price?

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 21, 2014

Everyone is excited about the AMD FirePro W9100. Everyone wants one. The only caveat I have seen is the price ($3,999 list).

Jon Peddie Research ended their review saying:  The bottom line is this: if price is one of your major criteria, this isn’t a card to consider. But if you’re a high-demand user dealing with large, complex datasets, supporting projects with huge dollars in the balance, you’ll want to take a long, hard look at the FirePro W9100.

So what is you could get the AMD FirePro W9100 for half the price?
Well from now until July 18th 2014, you can via the “Experience AMD FIrePro” Promotion. It’s pretty simple:  Get a pre-approval code, buy a card, complete the cashback claim form.The cashback amount is equal to 50% of the purchase price, excluding taxes up to $1,995.

If you are in the US or Canda, this promotion is available at http://www.fireprographics.com/experience/us.

If you are in the EU or UK, this promotion is available at http://www.fireprographics.com/experience/uk.


image

Projection Mapping for launch of new De Grisogono jewelry collection using AMD FirePro and Ventuz

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 11, 2014

For BaselWorld 2014, AV Professional used AMD FirePro GPUs and Ventuz software to present the new projection mapped display stand for De Grisogono jewlery and watches. A Ventuz workstation with AMD FirePro graphics framelocked and synched three Panasonic HD projectors to projection map videos and imagery around three sides of a sculpture made up of cubical elements. Warping and edge blending was handled by Ventuz software.

image

image

image

image

40 displays, 19200 X 1080 resolution video wall driven by AMD FirePro W9000s, S400 + Ventuz softwar

Posted by Tony DeYoung on February 25, 2014

Check out this massive video wall at the luxury shopping center Les Trois Quartiers in Paris! The 40 LED displays behind a mirrored wall, combine to form a single 25 meter screen with a resolution of 19200 X 1080 pixels. The display wall is driven by multiple AMD FirePro W9000 cards synched using the FirePro S400 synchronization module. Ventuz software real-time renders and dynamically updates local events, weather and news.

Famed designer Ora Ito drove the creative vision. French agency emenco created the multimedia real-time Ventuz content.

image

AMD FirePro in the Cloud - Custom Wills Wing hang glider in action

Posted by Tony DeYoung on February 24, 2014

SolidWorks World 2014 begins with a custom hang glider over the AMD FirePro Booth #201. The Wills Wing hang glider was designed in SolidWorks for 3D mechanical, electrical and FEA simulation, as well as finite element analysis simulation using AMD FirePro W7000 cards.

After the show, the Wills Wing crew took it out for a spin.  These pictures are phenomenal !  (They are so good that I included 7 despite the hit to page load time).

Also check out the SolidWorks screenshots (images 5-7) of the renderings using RealView and OIT (order independent transparency for rendering semi-transparent objects) enabled by AMD FirePro graphics.

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

Notice the similarity between the Holodeck and the new Microsoft showroom?

Posted by Tony DeYoung on February 12, 2014

I couldn’t help but notice the similarity between this image of the new Microsoft showroom in Berlin and the Holodeck on Star Trek NG.

image

The new showroom is an elliptical, lounge-like space. A 360° projection turns the entire room into a presentation surface with the viewer immersed in the 3D content. A cluster of four machines are each equipped with an AMD FirePro W7000 graphic card.  Each card drives two HD projectors. Synchronization is controlled using the AMD FirePro S400 synchronization module.

Ventuz software was used to create the modular, interactive presentation content that gets projected.  Using a PC or a Surface tablet, the speaker can create his/her own rundown consisting of a welcome screen, an introduction animation, and one of many 3D worlds that serve as a backdrop. The actual presentation content can be fed into the Ventuz world via a USB stick and can range from images and movie clips to entire PowerPoint presentations.

Interactive X-ray viewer for new Caterpillar excavator using AMD FirePro W9000 and Ventuz software

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 29, 2014

To give visitors an insight into the inner workings of the new Caterpillar Cat 336E Hybrid excavator, LK-AG developed a 4 meter high interactive X-ray viewer.  A user could touch the display to get information on any aspect of the excavator as they used their fingertips (and a custom kinetic rail system) to move the viewing wall to “x-ray” different parts of the excavator. 

AMD FirePro W9000 drove the six 1366X768 HD displays of the X-ray viewer.  Multi-touch touchfoil on glass technology was driven by Ventuz software with a custom converter for size and rotation.  Check out the video below. This is impressive.

Hang glider at SolidWorks World 2014 - AMD FirePro in the Cloud

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 27, 2014

SolidWorks World 2014 begins with a custom hang glider over the AMD FirePro Booth #201. The Wills Wing hang glider was designed in SolidWorks for 3D mechanical, electrical and FEA simulation, as well as finite element analysis simulation using AMD FirePro W7000 cards

image

Demos and Presentations in Booth 201 at SolidWorks World 2014

  • Preview models and spot design flaws instantly with RealView and OIT
    Advanced visualization in SolidWorks using RealView and OIT (order independent transparency for rendering semi-transparent objects) enabled by AMD FirePro graphics.
  • SolidWorks & CAMWorks in the Cloud
    Cloud-based solutions for SolidWorks and CAMWorks powered by AMD FirePro R5000 certified remote graphics solution with reliable and secure PCoIP protocol via Teradici technology - all on a single graphics card
  • eDrawings with active 3D stereo support for collaboration
    High performing FirePro graphics optimizes active 3D stereo allowing departments without access to SolidWorks to collaborate on designs with the same sense of depth and realism within the designs
  • Consumer vs. professional cards
    Why use AMD FirePro w/ tested and certified drivers as opposed to consumer Radeon or GTX cards in SolidWorks? Greater performance and stability, RealView, OIT.
  • Creating immersive virtual scenes in 3DVIA
    Use 3DVIA with AMD FirePro advanced graphic + compute power and multi-display support for an immersive and fluid 3D experience.
  • Dell certified workstations w/ FirePro solutions
    Enable stable, reliable high performance in SolidWorks using AMD FirePro GPUs paired with certified Dell Precision server blades, towers, and mobile workstations.

Enter for a chance to win an AMD FirePro graphics card

Visit booth 201, complete a short survey and you are entered to win a high-end AMD FirePro professional graphics card.

Leonardo Da Vinci - themed 3D design competition - Win an AMD FirePro W series

Posted by Tony DeYoung on January 24, 2014

Dassault Systèmes has launched a Da Vinci-themed 3D design competition that is intended to bring the machine concept drawings of Leonardo Davinci to virtual life.

Leonardo Da Vinci had a real passion for complex machine concepts. During his life back in the Italian Renaissance (1452 – 1519) he designed flying machines, helicopters (see image below), lens grinding machines, hydraulic machines and many advanced weapons (See examples). Many of these drawings are collected in a series of manuscripts (Codex or Codici in Italian).

The 'From Codex to 3D Design' competition is intended to bring these strange machine design to virtual life and simulate their behavior! Contest begins now and ends April 18, 2014.

  • Choose one codex among those provided in the community by Scala Publishers. Most of those codex are rarely found on internet and make the participation even more challenging!
  • Design in 3D the machine based on the codex they chose. Depending on the clarity of the codex and the complexity of the machine, some interpretation will sometimes be required!
  • Post your creation and tag it "DaVinci3D", along with a description of the machine. Additional information, visuals can only enrich the submission.

Prizes include: HP ZBook 14 with AMD FirePro M graphics, AMD FirePro W7000 and AMD FirePro W5000.

image

Page 2 of 9 pages  <  1 2 3 4 >  Last »

Close