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Autodesk finally brings real-time 3D to the AEC Indutry
Autodesk recently released Showcase, a real-time 3D presentation and rendering software for the AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) Industry. Showcase allows architects, designers, engineers, and managers the ability to import 3D CAD data (mainly Autodesk formats) into an virtual environment for creating 2D image renderings, movies, and real-time navigation of the 3D model.
Showcase has been in the Autodesk Labs for some time now (previously called Project Newport). I remember seeing this video from 2009 where they used a much cooler interface to show it off.
Although I feel that Autodesk is a tad late to the real-time 3D party, Showcase will help those in the AEC Industry become more familiar with real-time 3D for architectural visualization. I would still recommend other tools and technologies to those that want interactive 3D environments, but this is a step in the right direction for Autodesk. I am sure my friend Jon Brouchoud at ARCH Virtual is happy to see more tools that will bring architects into the digital 3D space.
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con·nec·tion (kəˈnekSH(ə)n/) noun - a relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else
A major component to my work over the years has been creating
connections. Connections between various industries and immersive
technologies, the flat web with 3D, and connections between people. In
retrospect I know this was a major variable for why when the opportunity
to organize a web developer conference for Samsung came up earlier this
year I jumped on the chance. Given this realization came later, I’m
labeling it reason #3 for why I had to participate in making a web developer conference happen.
So let’s warp right past light speed and look at some exciting things
happening on the web right now. E-commerce, a major use of web traffic,
now makes up 11.9% of all retail sales and will be responsible for about
$2.4 trillion in B2C sales globally
this year. Yet even with its growth, a majority of shopping carts are
abandoned due to the steps nee…
It has finally happened, virtual reality is getting religion! It started yesterday when I read a post on UploadVR (a great resource for VR and related news) about a Bible app for Google Cardboard called Bible VRX. Bible VRX, developed by Derek Ham, puts users in different scenes from the Bible with, "a mission to use advanced technology to communicate the stories of the Bible, stories of faith, hope, and love”.
One can see in the video below some of the scenes it is possible to visit. According to the article this app is just a prototype that Derek hopes to build out with other scenes that have music, narration, and animated effects.
So this got me thinking. Religion is such a integral part of humanity and this is probably the first virtual reality application I have heard of anyone doing. There were plenty of digital religious experiences back in the heyday of virtual worlds so surely this cannot be the case I thought. To Google I went to find other religious VR experiences …