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For the last few years we’ve worked with the National Stereoscopic Association to support the 3D Digital Showcase photo competition featured at the NSA’s annual conventions. The images from this past year’s showcase are now live for everyone to view. We really enjoy the diversity of images submitted by 3D artists and enthusiasts to this event, and this gallery is certainly no different. You’ll see everything from close ups of insects to people juggling fire. Simply put,...
In driver 334.89 NVIDIA introduced a new proprietary rendering mode for 3D Vision that enables us to improve the 3D experience for many key DirectX 10 and 11 games. This mode is now called “3D Compatibility Mode”. We have continued to iterate on this feature in driver 344.11, increasing game support and adding some new interface elements. You can get the new driver at www.geforce.com/drivers or via the update option in Geforce Experience. With the release of 344.11, new 3D...
We’re fortunate enough to have another fine 3D video from New Media Film Festival to share with you here on 3DVisionLive—a pop music video from Italy called “The Way,” which you can view here. Even better, New Media Film Festival has provided an interview with one of the co-directors of the video, Edoardo Ballanti, which provides insights on how the video was created and the vision behind it. Enjoy! (Alice Corsi also co-directed the video.) What was the Inspiration behind “...
The Fall Photo Contest received nearly 100 images – thanks to all that entered! The contest called for your best “nature” shots with the only other requirement being that they had to be true stereo images. Submissions ranged from shots of spiders in gardens to artistic approaches to tasteful nudes. As before, members were invited to vote for the winner by tagging images in the contest gallery as favorites. Without further ado, the winner is: Autumn Goodbye to Summer This...
In driver 334.89 NVIDIA introduced a new proprietary rendering mode for 3D Vision that enables us to improve the 3D experience for many key DirectX 10 and 11 games. This mode is now called “3D Compatibility Mode”. We have continued to iterate on this feature in beta driver 337, increasing game support and adding a toggle key to enable/disable the mode. Games with 3D Compatibility Mode will launch in this mode by default. To change the render mode back to standard 3D Vision...

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While Austria’s alpine roads have long been famous for hairpin turns and spectacular views, its tamer streets are now in the spotlight, too, thanks to autonomous cars.

Last month, Virtual Vehicle — an R&D center working on vehicles of the future — became the first organization to test an autonomous car on public roads in the central European country. Its car, powered by NVIDIA DRIVE PX, hit the streets for testing and validation — a vital step before taking on the twists and turns of mountain passes.

“In addition to testing in simulated environments, it’s also critical to test on real roads,” said Daniel Watzenig, head of the electronics department at Virtual Vehicle. “Simulation gives you answers to the questions you’ve asked. The real world gives you answers to questions you never thought to ask.”

Open Research Platform

The goal of Virtual Vehicle’s autonomous driving project is to create an open platform for partners, who can add their own sensors and driving algorithms to customize a vehicle’s capabilities.

To integrate the newest research into its platform, Virtual Vehicle works as a bridge between academia and the automotive industry. It employs Ph.D. students, who work with professors and other staff members, to advance autonomous driving research, focusing on sensing and planning.

With these aspects of autonomous driving addressed, automakers can bring self-driving solutions to market faster. Close collaboration with partners is essential to the development process.

“The traditional value chain in the automotive industry has shifted to a digital value chain. It is important for us to work closely with our partners, like NVIDIA, to ensure we collectively build this new value chain in the best possible way,” said Watzenig.

Testing On and Off the Track

Partnerships also help establish robust testing opportunities for autonomous driving. Virtual Vehicle is a shareholder in ALP.Lab — Austrian Light Vehicle Proving Region for Automated Driving — Europe’s most diverse test environment for self-driving cars. A broad consortium of members, including NVIDIA, are participating in this effort.

ALP.Lab features varied test environments for autonomous vehicles, from simulated driving to test tracks to public roads. Highway testing is already underway. Next year, Virtual Vehicle and other ALP.Lab participants will complete test drives through the city of Graz, the second largest city in Austria.

Testing will take full advantage of the country’s unique driving conditions. Planned routes include mountain roads, tunnels and toll stations. The climate also offers varied testing opportunities, with snow in the winter and high temperatures in the summer.

By bringing academic, industry and government partners together, Virtual Vehicle is expediting autonomous vehicle development. Their open platform offers partners a solid foundation for customized development. And their investment in robust testing environments benefits the entire self-driving industry.

Join us at the GPU Technology Conference in Munich, Oct. 10 to 12, to see the Virtual Vehicle autonomous car and meet the team.

Photos courtesy of Virtual Vehicle.

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As part of our first GPU Technology Conference in Israel, we’ve launched a competition to find the best young companies in AI in a country known as “startup nation.” Ten finalists will compete in the Inception Awards Israel event at GTC, taking place in Tel Aviv on Oct. 18.

The prize: an NVIDIA DGX Station, a personal AI supercomputer worth $69,000.

Calling Israel’s AI Startups

To be eligible, startups must be based in Israel, use AI, have been founded within the last two years and have raised no more than $5 million in funding.

Applications for the Inception Awards Israel close on Sept. 16.

Finalists will be selected based on a range of criteria, including their innovative application of AI, commercial potential and social impact. The five companies will present in front of an audience of venture capitalists, press, industry analysts and business decision makers for the chance to be named Israel’s Best AI Startup.

The awards judging panel will comprise:

  • Mor Barak, general manager of The Junction, F2 Capital
  • Eli David, co-founder and CTO, Deep Instinct
  • Eyal Niv, managing general partner, Pitango
  • Jeff Herbst, vice president of business development, NVIDIA
Previous Inception Awards winners include Tel Aviv-based Deep Instinct. Deep Learning, Big Impact

Boasting over 3,000 startups in a country of just 9 million people, Israel has earned its reputation as the “startup nation.” Young Israeli companies have already made their mark on NVIDIA’s Inception program, our virtual incubator for nurturing AI startups.

In May, at our inaugural Inception awards in Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv-based Deep Instinct walked away with the top prize of Most Disruptive Startup. The company went on to raise $32 million in Series B funding.

By bringing the Inception awards to Israel, our goal is to shine a spotlight on the next generation of rising AI stars.

Enter the Inception Awards Israel here.

Learn more about what’s on offer for startups and VCs at GTC Israel.

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