Friday, July 22, 2016

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Developing for HoloLens on Windows 10

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 01:48 PM PDT

So yes, it does make sense to switch to Windows 10 if you're doing HoloLens development. As mentioned in a recent post, I'd previously not upgraded any of my work PCs to Windows 10, mainly due to lack of formal support from our IT department. Which isn't in itself a huge concern, but I do need to connect to certain pieces of corporate infrastructure, so this was enough of a deterrent in the absence of a compelling reason to upgrade. The two main potentially compelling reasons I hit while working on this HoloLens project were: Inability to run the...

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Reviewing the EVGA GTX 1070

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 07:00 AM PDT

Nvidia Pascal technology in the (literally) coolest board. By Robert Dow The Performance segment graphics add-in boards featuring Nvidia's new Pascal processor were released June 10. Nvidia has been promising a 3X performance boost from the GTX 970, a faster clock, and more memory, all while consuming less power. Our friends at EVGA provided us [...]

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Revolutionizing Smart Appliance Innovation through Collaboration

Revolutionizing Smart Appliance Innovation through Collaboration

Revolutionizing Smart Appliance Innovation through Collaboration

Posted: 21 Jul 2016 03:00 AM PDT

According to Berg Insight, in 2014, smart appliances made up one-third of the estimated 5.9 billion smart and connected products sold worldwide: that's 2 billion smart appliances. With that level of production, and a market growing at an estimated CAGR of 15.4% toward a value of $37.2 billion USD by 2020 (MarketsandMarkets), there's no doubt about it: customers love smart appliances.

Puremotion video washing machineIn the recent post "A New Spin on Washing Machine Design", we explained how customers today expect more than just a product when they do business with a company: they would rather spend money on an experience than a thing. The ability of smart appliances to deliver delightful, intuitive experiences that make daily life easier and more pleasurable is in large measure the key to the smart appliance market's success.

This is a theme we returned to in "The Secret to Creating Market-Winning Experiences", in which we explored the use of collaborative simulation and design exploration software to help craft these compelling experiences, enabling manufactures to simulate virtual product experiences while evaluating and analyzing hundreds of design options.

engineer-puremotionSuch advanced software is invaluable because at technical level, designing great smart appliance experiences can be a daunting challenge. It requires that companies have engineering proficiency in a wide array of areas such as software, mechanical, electrical, fluid, electronics, software, and other specialized areas.  What's more, success requires bringing all of these competencies together to collaboratively develop requirements, solve problems and optimize outcomes (see our post "How to Stay Competitive? Develop Smart Appliances in the Era of Experience").

This kind of collaboration is essential for success in systems engineering in general, but the need for collaboration in the fast-growing but intensely competitive smart appliance market requires expanding collaboration to an enterprise level. It requires establishing an ongoing dialogue between design, engineering, manufacturing, marketing and support.

We've developed a short video, Pure Motion, to introduce the ways in which these disciplines can revolutionize smart appliance innovation through collaboration on a single platform – the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, while leveraging common 3D system models and digital assets across optimized processes.

Watch the video now, or to learn more, visit our white goods webpage or download the V-ZUG case study today, which details how the Swiss High Tech appliance maker is innovating for perfect cooking and washing experiences with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.



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The Foundry ports Katana to Windows

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 07:00 AM PDT

The popular look-and-lighting tool also adds new support for Renderman, V-Ray, Arnold, and 3Delight.   The Foundry's popular professional look development and lighting tool Katana is now available on Windows. Until now only available on Linux RHEL Centos 6, Katana 2.5 will also support 64-bit Windows 7. Katana is used in VFX, broadcast, and animation as [...]

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Retailers juggle selection, convenience and speed

Retailers juggle selection, convenience and speed

Retailers juggle selection, convenience and speed

Posted: 20 Jul 2016 12:45 PM PDT


By Catherine Bolgar

Asian woman signing receipt of delivered package

The rise of e-commerce has left brick-and-mortar retailers struggling to catch up. In the latest escalation, the introduction of same-day delivery is further transforming online shoppers' expectations of serviceyet this development ultimately might be a boon for traditional retailers.

It's all about the customer. It's always about the customer, about being able to adapt to the marketplace to satisfy the customer," says Robert L. Williams, Jr., assistant professor of marketing at Susquehanna University, in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

Since 2005, when the U.S.'s biggest online retailer launched a membership scheme, with customers paying a monthly fee for services like streaming and for free two-day delivery—same-day delivery in certain markets—competitors have scrambled to keep up. Just between January 2014 and May 2016, shipping times fell 46% to 3.4 days from 6.3 days, according to an average of 238 merchants and online sellers surveyed by Slice Technologies Inc., a Palo Alto, California, shopping and package-tracking application. As a result of new technology making tracking easier, "Customers recognize they have that power, and they want to exercise it," Prof. Williams notes.

Woman shopping online on laptop computer with credit cardA key objective, says Kenneth Cassar, Slice's principal analyst, is "challenging consumers to think differently about the online channel. In the past, online was the place to go for low prices and broad selection. Increasingly, people are looking to the e-commerce channel for convenience. Convenience is creeping up on price and selection for importance."

Any retailers aiming for same-day delivery face the same problems, according to a white paper published by Quintiq, a supply-chain optimization firm owned by Dassault Systèmes. The usual methods of assigning slots are unable to satisfy both cost savings and customer satisfaction. With regular rounds, customers don't have enough choice for delivery time, but with dynamic slots, drivers waste time and fuel delivering a package at a certain time for one customer and then, hours later, a package next door for another customer. Quintiq uses forecasts to allocate delivery slots dynamically, updating in real time. That minimizes driving while giving customers maximum choice of delivery time.

Same-day delivery doesn't apply to all of the millions of items for sale by online retailers, meaning even e-commerce behemoths must juggle convenience vs. selection. They must also invest in warehouses in order to get goods close enough to population centers for quick delivery, notes Daphne Carmeli, chief executive of Deliv. The Menlo Park, California, company works with retailers and businesses to provide same-day delivery in 17 U.S. markets using crowd-sourced drivers.

However, brick-and-mortar retailers already have vast inventory that's conveniently close to customers—inside their stores. "Much of their inventory sits within a short drive of 90% of the population," Ms. Carmeli says. "How do you leverage your stores to be the forward-fulfillment centers? Drivers leverage their GPS-enabled smart phones to respond to delivery requests. These technologies that power the supply and demand were not available 10 years ago."

Retail chains and franchises are using "click and collect" or BOPIS (buy online, pick up in store) to give online shoppers the convenience of quick fulfillment from a store at no charge. Or they leverage the capabilities of BOPIS along with a service like Deliv to offer same-day delivery as an option at checkout. When customers select same-day delivery, Deliv is automatically notified of the order and dispatches a driver to pick up and deliver the order when it is ready, Ms. Carmeli says.

Retailers are "looking for opportunities to create a channel-integrated environment," says Lars M. Bollweg, researcher at the Competence Center E-Commerce at the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences in Soest, Germany.

Attractive woman checking bar code in shopping mallOriginally, retailers had a single channel, meaning a brick-and-mortar shop that people visited. That involved one database of customers in the background. With the arrival of the Internet, retailers had a physical shop and an online shop, each with a separate database. But both channels remained strictly separated. If someone ordered in the online shop, the sales clerks in the brick-and-mortar shop knew nothing about it, Mr. Bollweg says.

That improved with cross-channel management software, which let both databases talk to each other a little while remaining separated.

Then came omnichannel, or one big customer database. "Wherever the customer meets the company—by phone, online, in person—the retailer knows the whole history of shopping events," such as whether the customer purchased frequently, or recently encountered a problem with a purchase, Mr. Bollweg says. "Omnichannel offers more opportunity to deliver more advanced services, but it's tricky to do. It's expensive. And it's very challenging for small shops." With apps and location services, for example, a store can send you a coupon for a discount just at the moment you're in the neighborhood.

As a result, local shopping platforms sprang up to implement the strategy for groups of shops that would split the cost. Such shops, often run by individual entrepreneurs who lack technological skills, benefit from the platform's e-commerce know-how, Mr. Bollweg says.

For example, a public-private initiative in a German city gives local small retailers an omnichannel framework, including centralized delivery of goods and returns. These platforms are a big trend in Germany, and also exist in the U.S. and Switzerland. However, some are only a year old and haven't yet turned profitable, he says.

While more people are choosing same-day delivery for a bigger assortment of purchases, it's still "very, very early days," Mr. Cassar says. "I would be shocked if 20 years from now the majority of online sales were being delivered to consumers on the same day."

The market has "room for everybody," Dr. Williams concurs, "but with the customer in control, everybody has to step up their game. There's no room for being complacent."



Catherine Bolgar is a former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe, now working as a freelance writer and editor with WSJ. Custom Studios in EMEA. For more from Catherine Bolgar, along with other industry experts, join the Future Realities discussion on LinkedIn.

Photos courtesy of iStock

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Reviewing HP ZBook Studio G3 mobile workstation

Posted: 19 Jul 2016 07:00 AM PDT

An elite 15'-inch model designed to lure MacBook Pro users in media and entertainment. By Alex Herrera As 2015 came to a close, HP Inc. was busy following on the heels of Intel's Skylake launch with a broad product refresh of its own, both upgrading and expanding on its line of ZBook mobile workstations. When [...]

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Blocos FP 3D: Sala Estar 3D

Posted: 19 Jul 2016 11:06 AM PDT

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Adding voice commands and spatial mapping to our Unity model in HoloLens

Posted: 19 Jul 2016 05:26 AM PDT

In the last post we added a gaze cursor and some command support for our ABB industrial robot inside HoloLens. The next step I took was to add spatial mapping, allowing the user to select the base of the robot and move it around within the spatially mapped environs. The Holograms 101 tutorial provided very straightforward instructions on how to implement spatial mapping. I once again had to export the "wireframe" material asset from the provided project to get it across into my own, but that was a minor detail. Unfortunately when testing the capability – just as with...

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Headliners set for 43rd Siggraph Annual Computer Animation Festival

Posted: 18 Jul 2016 07:00 AM PDT

Always a highlight of Siggraph, the festival is an official entry way for Academy Award nomination. The 43rd Siggraph Computer Animation Festival has announced award winners for 2016. As always, the festival was adjudicated by professionals and experts from varying fields of computer graphics, animation, gaming, advertising, and education. The competition is recognized by Academy [...]

Monday, July 18, 2016

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Le Tour de France hits Switzerland

Posted: 18 Jul 2016 09:40 AM PDT

The 2016 Tour de France passed within a few hundred metres of my home, this afternoon. It comes to Switzerland every so often – I'm guessing at every 5-6 years, on average – but it's the first time I've had the chance to see it here. We made an afternoon of it: with some friends we headed over to a good spot in plenty of time for the kids to decorate the road with some pavement chalk. We then waited around for the bicycles to show up. The sponsors' caravan came first and the kids had plenty of fun...

Saturday, July 16, 2016

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NASA planetary engineer to keynote Siggraph 2016

Posted: 15 Jul 2016 06:50 AM PDT

Nagin Cox noted for her ability to energize listeners to the possibilities awaiting humanity. One of the lead engineers for some of NASA's recent spectacular planetary missions will be the keynote speaker for Siggraph 2016. Z. Nagin Cox is Spacecraft Operations Engineer with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL). For Siggraph, Cox will share [...]

Friday, July 15, 2016

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No more Dell Android tablets

Posted: 14 Jul 2016 07:00 AM PDT

The lure of a keyboard and a touch screen makes 2-in-1’s more popular for business. Dell recently announced it will stop producing Android-based tablets. The company says tablets have a long replacement cycle—something between a phone and a PC—and the arrival of phones with large screens has encouraged some users to forgo their tablets altogether. [...]

Thursday, July 14, 2016

“How one company reduced design errors by 50%” plus 1 more

“How one company reduced design errors by 50%” plus 1 more

How one company reduced design errors by 50%

Posted: 14 Jul 2016 04:37 PM PDT

Chongqing Yinhe Experimental Equipment Co. Ltd (CQYH) is China's leading research organization.  It develops and manufactures environmental and reliability testing equipment both in series and for specific customer requirements. Its equipment is used by companies in the military, high tech, aerospace and automotive sectors around the world. While it is among the top three environmental instrument manufacturers in the world market, CQYH was facing increasing pressure from competitors. To stay ahead, they set a goal to improve development efficiency and to create a better user experience by focusing on creating products that promote the sustainable growth of its customers.

To accomplish this, they needed to re-engineer their order fulfillment cycle to accelerate delivery of products tailored to customer requirements. CQYH chose Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform® and its Simple Solution Selection industry solution experience. One of the advantages to this new system is that they can input customer requirements and display them in a 3D model. The customer can review and validate the design then instantly confirm it for production. This has essentially eliminated the need for physical prototypes for customer review, which has accelerated order fulfillment by 50%.

The solution also facilities a better understanding of exactly with customers want, reducing design errors by 50%improving time to delivery and customer satisfaction.

To learn more about the benefits CQYH has seen through the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and Simple Solution Selection that have helped them more successfully compete on an international scale, read our recently-published case study.

To BIM or not to BIM?

Posted: 14 Jul 2016 05:00 AM PDT

The following article was originally published by Geoff Haines on the Desktop Engineering Blog and is reprinted with permission. 

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Geoffrey M. Haines, BSc(Eng), ACGI, C Eng, MIMechE, FRSA

I can't claim originality to this Shakespearean title which has suitable gravity for many companies in the construction industry. It was thought up by Dr Steve Lo of Bath University for a one-day conference I attended organised by the "Future Envelope" community of façade designers and manufacturers.

Drawing from members of the European Façade Networks, the Society of Façade Engineers and Centre for Window Cladding technology, the aim of the conference was to discuss how BIM can help or even hinder the design and construction process of building facades.

To start off, early presentations included how professionals and companies can gain accreditation to be BIM Level 2 compliant. This is a requirement for any building design and construction contract delivered to the UK government since April 2016. Hence it's a hot topic and the explanations given by BRE (Building Research Establishment) on their BIM Level 2 certification process were received well.

Certainly I see great opportunity for individual consultants to template the people, process and technology needs of BIM certification so smaller firms can overlay this on their business at minimum cost.

Other presentations discussed how both architects and engineers worked with different technologies to achieve the aim of clear communication of design intent.

Abdulmajid Karanouh of Ramboll gave a really thoughtful presentation discussing what architects really need to do to communicate to their supply chain.

What I really found interesting was the discussion on The Al-Bahr Towers, designed by Aedas of which Abdulmajid was part of the team. Aedas created a design specification that wasn't a model, but a set of geometrical formulae and process that would create the design.

This is the ultimate "CAD'nostic" design.

Any CAD package that could be driven by some sort of scripting or formula could create this geometry – giving the geometrical definition of a 1000-person tower.

I found this approach quite revolutionary, taking the architect’s idea into a form that could be expressed mathematically – something my engineer's brain could comprehend.

clicktotweetClick to Tweet: .@Aedas created not a model, but a set of formulas and processes to produce a design | #architecture #BIM @DesktopEng

Ultimately, when the selected suppliers all delivered their design information, this was all consolidated into the Dassault Systemes CATIA based technology to deliver a BIM model. This approach caused some real heated interchange about an architect's definition of form.

Overall, the conclusion to the day was mixed – the smaller firms seeing it as an overhead, the larger firms seeing it as a necessity – but one thought overriding all this discussion was 'who pays for it?'

In automotive and aerospace, we all know that that more upfront design activity delivers lower costs downstream.

In construction, these two activities are delivered by different bodies, with different earnings streams – extra costs in design delivers savings for contractors.

So I'll leave you with this – how do we square this circle?

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Adding gaze and gestures to control our Unity model in HoloLens

Posted: 14 Jul 2016 06:29 AM PDT

Now that our industrial robot is animated, I thought it a good time to head back on over and finish more of the Holograms 101 tutorial. The next section of the tutorial focuses on adding a gaze cursor to the application: you have a torus mesh that tracks against the geometry the user is looking at. The instructions were reasonably straightforward – even when retrofitting the approach for a different project – but there were a few "gotchas" that are worth documenting: The simplest way to get the cursor – and its dependent bits and pieces – across into...

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Redshift render engine update links with 3ds Max

Posted: 13 Jul 2016 07:00 AM PDT

GPU-based biased rendering is catching on as a more efficient path to an acceptable result. GPU-based render Redshift is out with an update that integrates with Autodesk 3ds Max, the popular 3D design and visualization software. Other features in Redshift 2.0 include realistic volumetrics, enhanced subsurface scattering and new materials. Existing named Redshift customers include [...]

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

“The Power of ENOVIA User Group Meetings” plus 1 more

“The Power of ENOVIA User Group Meetings” plus 1 more

The Power of ENOVIA User Group Meetings

Posted: 13 Jul 2016 12:31 PM PDT

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These are some of the benefits of attending an ‎ENOVIA‬ user group meeting.

Did you attend the 2016 North American event this last June? If you did and are looking to get hold of the presentations, or simply want to learn more about our meetings, head over to our Collaborative Innovation community on 3DSwYm today to get the content and continue the dialogue in the comments section or if you have any questions, ask away in the iQuestions section of the community.
While there you will see that our event in South Carolina is NOT the only event we have held. We have had similar, corresponding events in France and Italy in addition to the events held earlier this year. They are all documented in the community on a dedicated page to make it easy for you to find.
Keep track of our Calendar of Events to see where an event that you are interested in will be happening and plan to attend.
Why? Check out the video for a whole host of great reasons!
Looking forward to seeing you soon at one of our events. Have your voice heard!

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How is IoT shifting industrial equipment business models and profits online?

Posted: 13 Jul 2016 06:26 AM PDT


The era of the Internet of Things (IoT) is opening new business opportunities for industrial equipment (IE) companies. As profit margins are declining at the same time machine efficiency is increasing, manufacturers are seeking alternatives ways to reduce waste and costs. IoT is offering one path to this, by networking objects, adding sensors and capturing data that can be analyzed to improve machine productivity and reliability and reduce downtime.  It is allowing IE companies to create ‘pay as you go’ services, opening new paths for competition and profitability.

clicktotweetClick to Tweet: "IE companies that don’t rethink business models risk jeopardizing business." – Dominik Wee @mckinsey

An article in the new issue of Compass magazine examines this trend of IE companies investing in IoT to develop new revenue streams through new business models.  Examples from 3 companies – GE, FANUC and SKF – are explored.  GE, for example, has invested nearly $1 billion in IoT, essentially changing the company's business from selling machinery to selling outcomes, including efficiency and uptime.  FANUC can monitor over 6000 robots in 26 GM factories to see if there's any abnormal wear that could lead to a failure. If a potential failure is identified, parts can be proactively sent to address the issue before any downtime occurs.  Given that each minute of factory downtime costs GM upwards of $20,000, this can lead to a tremendous savings.

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To learn more about what these 3 companies and others are doing with IoT as a means to get closer to their customers and improve uptime and efficiency, read the article “From Equipment to Outcomes” now.