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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...
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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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At an event that spanned everything from robots to the software and semiconductors that power them, our team in charge of autonomous machines hosted Thursday the first public meetup at NVIDIA’s new headquarters building.

The evening event drew hundreds of developers to the heart of Silicon Valley to nosh on tacos, network and listen to talks on NVIDIA’s Jetson embedded computing platform, our new TensoRT 3 inferencing software and the Redtail AI framework for autonomous mobile robotics.

NVIDIA’s Jesse Clayton explained how AI at the edge will be key to building autonomous machines that can tackle a vast range of challenges.

The gathering comes amidst an AI boom — unleashed by the parallel processing power of NVIDIA GPUs. Welcoming developers to the event, NVIDIA’s Jesse Clayton explained how this revolution has given vast numbers of people access to image recognition, voice recognition and real-time translation services that can go beyond what humans are capable of.

The next phase: bringing the power of NVIDIA’s parallel computing platform to devices with a limited power budget. That’s where Jetson comes in. “Deep learning is very computationally intensive; it’s a parallel computing problem, that’s why researchers turn to GPUs,” Clayton said.

Spreading parallel computing power to what technologists call the “edge” — or the world outside of data centers and desktops — is key to building devices with the intelligence to tackle last-mile delivery challenges, manage crops to feed a hungry planet, inspect infrastructure such as roads and bridges, and even perform surgery, Clayton explained.

Slightech’s Mynt Sdeno was one of the meetup’s highlights.

The attendees at Thursday’s gathering were eager to get started. Alvise Memo, a software engineer at Palo Alto-based startup Aquifi, explained he already relies on NVIDIA GPUs for machine learning — and is eager to put that knowledge to work on Jetson.

A few highlights from the meet-up:

  • A robot that understands you — The Mynt Sdeno Robot is more than just a machine that can find its way around. The curvy, diminutive robot relies on the Jetson TX1 embedded processor — which boasts 256 GPU cores — and offers processing power equivalent to 32,000 PCs running 1997-era Pentium Pros. That turns it into a kind of smart mobile assistant that can recognize your voice, follow you around and not just respond to your commands, but recognize your moods.
  • A rough and ready autonomous roverAion Robotics’ ArduRover R1 is both tough and tiny, with nobby 6-inch wheels and a heavy-gauge aluminum chassis. Inside, this rover takes advantage of our Jetson platform — and four powerful DC motors — to tackle a wide range of outdoor autonomous missions.
  • Software that helps drones find their way through forests — Our NVIDIA Redtail project includes deep neural networks, computer vision and control code, hardware instructions and more so users can build a drone or a ground vehicle that can autonomously navigate through challenging environments ranging from forest trails to urban sidewalks.

For more details see our NVIDIA embedded computing page, and sign up for our Jetson Developer Challenge.

The post AI Devices that Walk, Roll and Fly — and Tacos — Draw Developers to NVIDIA HQ appeared first on The Official NVIDIA Blog.

Highlighting NVIDIA’s accomplishments — and its extraordinary culture — Fortune magazine Thursday named NVIDIA’s Jensen Huang its 2017 businessperson of the year.

“The co-founder and CEO of semiconductor and software maker NVIDIA saw the future of computing more than a decade ago and began developing products that could power the Artificial Intelligence era,” Fortune’s Andrew Nusca writes in a story featured on the cover of the triweekly magazine’s latest issue.

Huang joins a select group of business leaders who have been so honored by one of the world’s most storied business magazines.

They include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Nike CEO Mark Parker, Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

It’s a list that’s as much about highlighting the work of the world’s most iconic companies as the names who lead them.

‘Muscular Mystery Stuff’

“[NVIDIA] doesn’t make a chat app or a search service or another kind of technology meant to appeal to the average smartphone-toting consumer,” Nusca wrote. “No, NVIDIA makes the muscular mystery stuff that powers all of it.”

The story Fortune tells about NVIDIA may be the closest look yet at the culture of the company that’s put itself at the center of the AI revolution sweeping the globe.

‘Surprisingly Tight-Knit’

“The company’s secret sauce? Its culture,” Nusca writes. “For a publicly traded technology company with more than 11,000 employees, Nvidia is surprisingly tight-knit.”

“It’s a credit to the many long-serving staffers who remain at the company (badge numbers are issued in serial; the lower the number, the longer the tenure) and the business battles they’ve endured together,” Nusca writes.

“It’s also the product of a founder CEO who embraces community, strategic alignment, and a core value system that promotes the pursuit of excellence through intellectual honesty,” Nusca adds.

Read the entire story here.

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