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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...
The votes have all been cast and we can now, finally, bring you the results of our First Annual Summer Photo Contest. Dozen's of excellent images were submitted and it was a challenge to whittle all the entries down and select the prize winners. Without further ado we get to the results - drumroll please!   First Prize: "Soap Bubble" Zoran Zelic (ZZ3D)'s "Soap Bubble 1" takes the top prize. We like the spontaneity the image implies along with the overall composition...
Sometimes it’s just great “when a plan comes together.” An avid warbird photographer, I’d been familiar with Christian Kieffer’s outstanding pinup photography for years – his company produces some truly amazing nostalgic calendars featuring vintage WWII aircraft and models done up to mimic the pinups from the same era that helped to keep many an airman’s spirits high. Thinking the subject matter would lend itself well to 3D, I approached Christian a few months ago about...
The 2004 release of id Software’s Doom 3 spurred many PC gamers to upgrade their rigs – with many building completely new machines with the sole intent of driving this game at its ultimate eye-candy settings. And many gamers still came up a bit short, which is just one reason why they are looking forward to jumping into the corridor-crawling fray again with the release of Doom 3 BFG Edition.Silverlight.createObject("http://d2q1944p6r21t1.cloudfront.net/files/...
We’ve rolled out a new look for the Photo page that updates the page to have a similar look and feel to the home and video pages. We’ve added a pane of larger thumbnails across the top that is user-navigable. Just click the right or left arrows to cycle. (We will be adding an auto-scroll mechanism to this soon.) And these are viewable in 3D - just click the 2D/3D toggle button at the top right of the page. Make sure to upgrade to the most recent drivers for best performance...

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Whether across the room or across the ocean, collaboration just got a whole lot easier with today’s launch of the Cisco Spark Board, a 55-inch, 4K, all-in-1 device that enables screen sharing, interactive whiteboarding and video conferencing.

The Cisco Spark Board allows teams to get things done fast, in deeper ways than ever imagined, regardless of where they’re located.

Its broad capabilities are powered by the NVIDIA Jetson TX1 visual and AI computing platform, which is also used for sophisticated robots and drones. Jetson includes the latest technology for deep learning, computer vision, GPU computing, graphics and image processing, making it ideal for AI computing on embedded devices.

Collaboration Made Easy

When a presenter using the Cisco Spark Board writes or draws, that information instantaneously appears on any connected Cisco Spark Board, PC or mobile device, including tablets and phones. The experience looks and feels natural, thanks to NVIDIA DirectStylus technology. Its extremely low pen-to-ink latency means there’s virtually no lag between what’s written on the Cisco Spark Board and what viewers see on their remote screens or mobile devices.

Jetson also drives the advanced graphics that allow for content sharing on the Cisco Spark Board’s 4K display. Its image-processing capabilities deliver high-definition video from the device’s built-in camera to enable great video conferencing.

“Cisco Spark Board brings people, communication and information together,” said Tormod Ree, senior director at Cisco. “NVIDIA’s Jetson platform plays a key role in the Cisco Spark Board’s ability to engage people, enabling them to both create and get things done.”

Small but powerful: the Jetson TX 1 Worldwide Connections

Jetson on Spark Board creates unprecedented opportunities for collaboration in a wide variety of fields. Businesses can design products with input from colleagues in offices across the globe. Teachers can interact with multiple classrooms to enrich learning. Film crews can simultaneously edit footage on location and from production studios. Fashion designers in New York can collaborate with peers in Paris and Milan to create new clothing lines.

“We’ve worked with Cisco to bring new dimensions to the experience of collaboration,” said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of the Tegra business at NVIDIA. “Built with the Jetson TX1 AI computing platform, the Cisco Spark Board is a world-class tool for connecting teams around the world.”

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The storytelling pioneers behind Giant — a first-of-its-kind VR narrative that blew away audiences at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — are heading back to the festival’s New Frontier program with another remarkable production.

Giant let viewers experience what it’s like to be trapped in a war zone — and its interactive elements left audiences stunned.

With the debut of Tree on Jan. 20 at the storied festival, held each year in Park City, Utah, Winslow Turner Porter III and Milica Zec have used Pascal-based Quadro GPUs to reveal in an unforgettable and unprecedented way the atrocities that mankind brings upon Mother Nature and her non-human inhabitants. It’s the second installment in a VR/AR trilogy that examines our collective life on this planet.

“Experiences impact attitudes in a powerful way. The more real the experience, the more likely we are to influence the audience to act,” says Porter. “We used NVIDIA Quadro professional GPUs to achieve the highest level of visual fidelity with near-zero latency for the most immersive and believable experience.”

Be the Rainforest

Upon securing their VR headsets, audience members find themselves in complete darkness, revealed to be soil, and then realize they are a virtual seed. Using their VR controllers, they begin to rise from the soil and grow. Sounds of the rainforest can be heard, while pollinating bees and fluttering birds flit by them and monkeys swing from their branches.

As the audience takes in the breathtaking view, all the surrounding animals become alert to a rising threat in the distance. Soon, plumes of smoke appear on the horizon, coming closer and closer before clouding the entire sky. As viewers regain their vision, they realize they’re watching the ecosystem fall prey to forest fire.

Experiencing this kind of interactive VR environment in real time is paramount.

“We make sure that we’re hitting well above 90 frames per second in the Epic Unreal video game engine, ensuring a comfortable, captivating experience for everyone who embarks on the journey of this rainforest tree,” says Porter. “The new Pascal-based Quadro GPUs push many more pixels than any other card on the planet, allowing us to create a stunning, photorealistic jungle setting, full of lush sights and sounds that really pull the viewer in.”

The Tree VR installation at Sundance is running on HP Z840 workstations, each equipped with a Quadro P6000 GPU and Oculus HMD. Visit the New Frontier VR installations at Sundance starting January 20 to experience it for yourself. Learn more about creating compelling VR narratives and the making of Tree during a fireside chat (register here) on January 27 at 10 a.m. at the Oculus House, 201 Heber Ave.

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