Entries tagged as: Just Plain Cool

‘Best of’ video from Da Vinci Contest brings strange machines to 3D virtual life

Posted by Tony DeYoung on May 07, 2014

This video shows some of the winning entries from the Da Vinci 3D Competition organized by Dassault Systèmes, Chateau du Clos Lucé, Scala Archives, AMD FirePro and HP.

Leonardo Da Vinci designed flying machines, helicopters, lens grinding machines, hydraulic machines and many advanced weapons. Even though most of these were visionary creations, some would not actually function if they had been built. By complimenting Da Vinci’s vision with modern software and hardware tools, contest entrants could bring these strange machines to virtual life and simulate their behavior!

This video illustrates the best 3D models of the contest.

Sochi Winter Olympics medal count display wall powered by AMD FirePro + Ventuz + Dancers

Posted by Tony DeYoung on April 30, 2014

The medal count at the Winter Olympics is a highlight of the daily events. At the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the medal count combined a live data feed with dynamic real-time content and a live dance performance with up to sixty dancers on five floor levels in front of the LED.

Luxoom in cooperation with Avantgarde, used an AMD FirePro W5000 to design the graphics for the event using Ventuz software. The 3-times-daily, real-time play out used multiple AMD FirePro synched with an S400 to drive a 540 square meter LCD wall! Check out the video - this is impressive.

When not in use for medal counts, the giant multi-display screen displayed the names of medal-winning athletes, live tickers and facebook comments.


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!

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.


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.





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.


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.








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.


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.

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