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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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On a PC, a phone or from TV, people want information. They want it at home, at work and on the move. And they want it 24/7. They also want, but seldom get, their privacy along with it.

The upstart search engine Qwant is using AI, powered by NVIDIA technology, to change that game.

The Franco-German startup, which launched in 2013, doesn’t collect users’ personal data. And it doesn’t use cookies to identify people through their browsing activity. This means users won’t have their private browsing information sold to advertising companies.

AI is at the heart of Qwant’s business model.

For most search engine users, remaining anonymous online is near impossible. Search activity and personal data are collected and compiled to tell a comprehensive history of everything people have ever searched for. This can create a detailed timeline that stretches back years.

Advertisers can use this data to target the ads people see, with sometimes disconcerting effect. Shopping for shoes online can result in footwear ads stomping across every page you visit weeks later. And search engines can use the data to adjust search results, potentially changing how a person views the world.

Qwant takes a different approach, making its money using a pay-per-click model. This means it needs highly accurate, relevant search results. And this is why AI, accelerated by the NVIDIA DGX-1 AI supercomputer, has found itself at the heart of Qwant’s search engine.

Qwant uses the DGX-1 to supercharge its deep learning applications, which require very fast analysis and processing of enormous amounts of data, and to make sure its users get highly relevant results. With deep learning, Qwant indexes and ranks what it finds on internet pages, and can better automate its understanding and classification of the content.

This lets Qwant, for example, more efficiently detect and remove spam from search results. And it can detect mature or inappropriate content, whether text, images or video, and remove it from results when the “Safe Search” feature is selected. With a single unit offering the equivalent of 250 conventional servers, the DGX-1 can speed these automated filters across vast datasets.

“Because it combines both powerful hardware and optimized software that we can build upon, the DGX-1 allows us to truly unlock our R&D efforts,” says Eric Leandri, president of Qwant.

Take the Qwant search engine for a spin at https://www.qwant.com/, and leave your ID in your wallet.

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They’re coming by air, land and sea.

Drones, robots, underwater submersibles — even an AI city, or at least the applications that power it — will all be under one roof at our GPU Technology Conference, at the San Jose Convention Center from May 8-11.

Lots to Do with a GPU

At the eighth annual GTC, you’ll hear from the movers, shakers and makers in the Internet of Things space. Amazon, Boeing, Bosch, GE, MIT and SoftBank are just some of the headliners leading 30-plus sessions in the Intelligent Machines and IoT track.

Additional highlights:

  • Out-of-this-world technology. Hear examples and demonstrations from SCISYS on how its Mars Rover development systems use GPUs to advance R&D work.
  • Getting into the weeds. Learn how Blue River Technology builds “See & Spray” robots for agriculture and the importance of creating computer vision systems for our food supply.
  • Taking robotics to a new dimension. Hear how Autodesk is applying deep learning to AI-assisted 3D design and robotic assembly in manufacturing.
  • Safety in numbers. Avigilon will discuss how its new architecture and search engine for video data relies on deep learning and GPUs to boost public safety.

Also, be on the lookout for our 20-plus demos in the GTC exhibition hall and concourse. They’ll transform the show into a tech wonderland of smart machines and applications.

Get Hands-On with Jetson

For those who prefer something a little more interactive, we’ll be hosting a variety of NVIDIA Jetson TX2 labs. Training levels range from introductory to advanced, with topics that include:

  • Jetson TX2 developer tools
  • Image classification and object detection using Jetson TX2
  • Creating a simple object detection pipeline with NVIDIA CUDA EGLStreams and TensorRT

There’s even a lab for high school students to apply deep learning to robots using Jetson through FIRST Day. This STEM initiative, meant to inspire the next-generation of innovators, takes place on May 11 from 12-5pm.

FIRST student participating in last year’s lab. Make Your Own 3D Rendering

Before you leave, swing by the Artec3D Shapify booth to get a full body 3D scan. In about 10 seconds, it will create a high-quality model that’s ready for 3D printing. You’ll be emailed a video of your 3D scan. Perfect for sharing on Twitter and Facebook!

Every body should try Artec3D’s body-scanning demo.

Register for GTC today.

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