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Contest closed - stay tuned to for details about upcoming contests. is excited to unveil the latest in a series of photo contests aimed at giving you a platform to show off your images and potentially win some cool prizes. Like our most recent Spring Contest, this one will span three months - October, November, and December - and is themed: Your image must be something that captures or shows the essence of "nature" and what...
With sincere apologies for the delay, NVIDIA is pleased to announce the results of the Spring Photo Contest. We received more than 80 submissions from 3DVisionLive members and, for the first time, invited the membership to select the winner. The only criteria for the contest was the photos had to represent the meaning of Spring in some fashion, and be an original image created by the member that submitted it. All submitted photos were put in a gallery and ample time was...
For the third year in a row, NVIDIA worked with the National Stereoscopic Association to sponsor a 3D digital image competition called the Digital Image Showcase, which is shown at the NSA convention - held this past June in Michigan. This year, the 3D Digital Image Showcase competition consisted of 294 images, submitted by 50 different makers. Entrants spanned the range from casual snapshooters to both commercial and fine art photographers. The competition was judged by...
  VOTING IS NOW CLOSED - Thanks to all that participated. Results coming soon!   The submission period for the Spring Photo Contest is now closed, and we are happy to report we’ve received 80 images from our members for consideration. And, for the first time, we’re opening the judging process to our community as well to help us determine the winners. So, between now and the end of June (11:59 PST, June 30st), please view all of the images in the gallery and place...
Okay, we've gone over all the submissions for our first Winter Photo Contest and debated at length over our favorites. And, we've finally come to a consensus, which will introduce our second, second-time contest winner: ZZ3D.   First Prize: Snow Fight   ZZ3D's a long-time contributor to 3DVisionLive and has shared some amazing work with us. Snow Fight is certainly no exception! We felt this image captured the essence of the contest's Winter theme very well, and...

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During a medical crisis, time lost can mean lives lost.

The problem can be acute in developing nations, where the latest medical equipment, personnel and expertise may be scarce.

Bridging that gap is the goal of AlemHealth, a diagnostic telemedicine-services provider based in Dubai. Its GPU-powered AlemBox is advancing patient care by allowing physicians in nine hospitals and diagnostic clinics in Kabul, Afghanistan, to tap into a global network of radiologists and other specialists to get accurate diagnoses quickly.

The strife-torn city’s limited electricity and connectivity infrastructure make traditional, costly health IT systems impractical. But the AlemBox, developed with the Jetson TK1 devkit and powered by the NVIDIA Tegra K1 chipset, leapfrogs these limitations by providing high-quality, low-cost health IT services over a 3G mobile connection.

Filling the Gap

Kabul’s conflict-battered population swelled fourfold in the past dozen years to an estimated 6 million, making the Afghan capital one of the world’s fastest-growing cities. Jobs, education and services — including health care — aren’t keeping up with such fast-paced urbanization.

There are scores of hospitals in Kabul, many with full radiology departments. However, the shortage lies in radiologists to read the images and quality control measures to ensure consistency. AlemHealth’s mission is to offer diagnostic services at the initial point of care, wherever that may be. In a developing nation like Afghanistan, that can mean clinics without modern health IT infrastructure, or reliable utility services to support it.

Small enough to fit 10 to a backpack, the Tegra K1-powered AlemBox makes quick work of digital files, connecting clinics to a global network of specialists.

“CT images, X-rays and clinical-level data are critical to patient care,” said Aschkan Abdul Malek, AlemHealth’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “We’re giving doctors access to that information wherever they are.”

Instead of operating its own clinics, AlemHealth taps into a global network of radiologists, expert in interpreting X-ray, MRI and CT scans, as well as specialists in areas such as mammography.

Images taken at a local facility are uploaded to the AlemBox. The Tegra K1 chip inside quickly processes these often huge digital files. They’re then sent to a specialist in the U.S., Europe or India over a mobile connection using AlemHealth’s low-bandwidth protocols. They assess the images and return a diagnosis in as little as 90 minutes. AlemHealth is also applying machine learning algorithms to bring new intelligence to the data sets they are building from images, patient histories and treatment plans.

Changing the Delivery of Health Care

AlemBoxes include onboard GPS and 3G connectivity and cost around $200 each, far less than a traditional radiology set-up. “We want to serve 900 hundred clinics, not just the nine we serve today,” Malek said.

It hired former game designers to create the device’s interface because “they had great imaging skills,” he said. “We wanted to make our interface intuitive and easy to use for patients, facilities and physicians.”

As the AlemBox “can fit 10 to a backpack,” their mobility means diagnostic services can be deployed in refugee camps and in emergencies, Malek said. “We are changing how health care is delivered.”

In addition to digital imaging, pathology and laboratory services, AlemHealth offers ultrasound and maternal care for expectant women in remote regions. It plans to distribute the AlemBox further into the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia in the coming year.

The post How AlemHealth Uses GPUs to Transform Health Care Delivery in Developing World appeared first on The Official NVIDIA Blog.

Digital technology is transforming more than the once dowdy dashboard.

It’s changing the way carmakers like Mercedes-Benz — the first to establish an outpost in Silicon Valley — design, build and sell automobiles. It’s a trend that’s making the Valley synonymous with automotive innovation.

This month marks the 20-year anniversary for the Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America office. What started with just 20 employees working out of a small space in Palo Alto has boomed into a powerhouse with a workforce approaching 250.

The modern, open office acts as a think tank for the mobility of the future, and houses a garage for customizing cars with new tech. This lab is composed of engineers, designers and visionaries looking at the future of automotive design, user experience and deep learning for autonomous driving.

One-quarter scale concept car models are on display throughout Mercedes-Benz’ Silicon Valley R&D facility.

One of the prime demonstrations at the facility involves the new Concept IAA vehicle unveiled in Frankfurt, Germany, earlier this month.

Together Mercedes-Benz, NVIDIA and The Foundry — a company that develops creative software for visual effects, games and design artists — demonstrated how their joint efforts dramatically accelerate the process of creating a next-generation digital cockpit experience.

Previously, designers first made renderings and then sent the assets to the engineers to program into the car. With NVIDIA’s automotive solutions and The Foundry’s “Project Dash” software, designers can create high-quality user interfaces and test them immediately inside the car. What originally took one or two months to build and test can be done in real time.

NVIDIA technology helps Mercedes-Benz with everything from car design to the creation of next-gen digital dashboards.

To showcase this, Mercedes-Benz displayed the instrument panel from the Concept IAA vehicle, which can physically transform from a design mode to an aerodynamic mode. Using the NVIDIA automotive development platform, this vehicle cockpit highlights Mercedes’ next-gen, high-resolution, high frame rate, user interface concept, offering a glimpse into Mercedes-Benz’ car of the future.

Powered by NVIDIA, the Concept IAA vehicle offers a glimpse into the future of digital dashboards.

The post Visual Computing a Highlight as Mercedes-Benz Celebrates 20 Years in Silicon Valley appeared first on The Official NVIDIA Blog.