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Sorry folks for the delay in announcing the winner for May's Photo Contest - we had an issue with the search function and needed to make sure all entries were considered. Without further ado, on to the results! Alex Savin has been submitting some excellent images from his European adventures for some time now, and his "Fontana di Trevi" is a wonderful example of stereo photography that just plain works. The composition is top notch and the image is sharp throughout, which...
James Cameron continues to pioneer 3D technology. With the first Avatar he showed what 3D could add to the film experience. After criticizing the fast conversions from 2D to 3D that many Hollywood studios have released since Avatar, Cameron oversaw a team that turned Titanic into a 3D blockbuster. That film has been a commercial and critical success, showing what a year of meticulous conversion and $18 million can add to a 15-year-old movie. The director talks about Avatar,...
Marvel Entertainment was one of the first major Hollywood companies to commit to 3D movies. Beginning last summer, every movie based on a Marvel comic property was to be either filmed in 3D or converted to 3D for theatrical and home entertainment releases. When this mandate came down, Ari Arad (Iron Man), producer of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, turned to NVIDIA to help with the production of the Sony Pictures sequel, which is now out on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD....
People are flocking to the theater to take in Pixar’s latest animated film, Brave, which we recommend seeing in 3D, of course. After seeing the movie you can relive the adventure by picking up the gorgeous Brave: The Video Game for PC. The third-person action/adventure game lets you play the role of Princess Merida—Pixar’s first female lead character—as you follow her adventures in a family-friendly storyline based on the film. Engage in bow-and-arrow and sword combat and...
At E3 Namco thrilled hip-hop loving fans of its Tekken series by announcing that none other than the “Doggfather” of hip-hip himself, Snoop Dogg, has recorded the title track for its upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Better still, for his myriad fans, a special Snoop-themed fighting stage will be featured in the game. And that’s not all… NVIDIA has partnered with Namco to produce an exclusive 3D version of the game’s title track, “Knock ‘Em Down”. The video made its national...

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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.

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