3D Interactive Simulation Tool For Civil Engineers

November 20, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com came across an article on MarketWatch.com about an Israeli company that has developed a 3D simulation tool targeting civil engineers.

Sivan Design, a leading provider of Civil Engineering CAD products and GIS-ERP integrated software solutions, announced December 1, 2008 as the official launch date for Civil Simulate, the powerful 3D interactive simulation tool providing an effective solution to the challenge of turning civil engineering design into 3D simulation.

The software is unique due to its ability to merge the design with an orthophoto and bring an accurate virtual reality 3D vision of complex structures like: junctions, roundabouts, parking lots, bridges, canals, etc. In addition, the designer can utilize the software to demonstrate aerial views while conducting interactive drive-through simulations in different settings, perform distance measurement and making visibility safety checks a breeze.

Image and Content Source: Sivan Design Website

I am sure members of our creative team will be amongst the first to test drive this new 3D application once it launches.


New Version of Google Sketchup To Help Do It Yourself 3D Modelers

November 18, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com just came across an announcement on Cnet News about Google’s launch of an upgraded version of their 3D modeling software Sketchup. Like previous iterations of the software, SketchUp 7 will enable you to model just about anything you’d like as long as you start with a predesigned template.

The new version, released Monday, offers simple templates that help you gauge size through feet or meters, but it also includes architectural design, Google Earth, and a product design template to aid you in your modeling endeavors.

Source: CNET News

The new version of the software also integrates with Google Warehouse which provides 3D modelers with a large selction of pre-designed 3D models.

The pro version of the software definitely creates a final product that is more appropriate for professional presentations but the free version is good for hashing out concepts and giving beginners a good head start.

I will definitely be downloading the upgraded version of the software so we can determine how long before everybody is capable of designing high end 3D presentations…seems like the days are numbered:)


CyberExtruder – Generate a 3D Image of Yourself From a 2D Photograph

November 15, 2008


3Dwalkthroughs.com came across a press release from CyberExtruder announcing that they have just received patents from both the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The patents, entitled “Apparatus and Method for generating a three-dimensional representation from a two-dimensional image,” protect the company’s process for automatically creating a 3D model of a person’s head from just a single 2D image.

The technology covered by the patents is used in the biometric security and animation and entertainment industries. In biometric security applications CyberExtruder’s system enhances facial recognition matching scores (particularly in surveillance applications) and mitigates the effects of facial expressions, a key degrader of facial recognition systems. A pilot program administered by the US Army with an eye towards developing a better lie detector demonstrated that the company’s system can also be used in automating expression recognition.

In addition to providing this system to the biometric and entertainment industries, the company is also leverage innovations in rapid prototyping technology to create hard goods, like cameos, personalized action figures and even individualized candy molds, which will be marketed directly to consumers via the internet.

Source: Pr-canada.net

CyberExtruders automated system renders the unique 3D shape of any individual from just a single photograph. Their technology is currently being used to create photorealistic 3D avatars to be used in 3D virtual worlds such as Second Life and There.com.

Image Source: CyberExtruder Website


CyberExtruder – Generate a 3D Image of Yourself From a 2D Photograph

November 15, 2008


3Dwalkthroughs.com came across a press release from CyberExtruder announcing that they have just received patents from both the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The patents, entitled “Apparatus and Method for generating a three-dimensional representation from a two-dimensional image,” protect the company’s process for automatically creating a 3D model of a person’s head from just a single 2D image.

The technology covered by the patents is used in the biometric security and animation and entertainment industries. In biometric security applications CyberExtruder’s system enhances facial recognition matching scores (particularly in surveillance applications) and mitigates the effects of facial expressions, a key degrader of facial recognition systems. A pilot program administered by the US Army with an eye towards developing a better lie detector demonstrated that the company’s system can also be used in automating expression recognition.

In addition to providing this system to the biometric and entertainment industries, the company is also leverage innovations in rapid prototyping technology to create hard goods, like cameos, personalized action figures and even individualized candy molds, which will be marketed directly to consumers via the internet.

Source: Pr-canada.net

CyberExtruders automated system renders the unique 3D shape of any individual from just a single photograph. Their technology is currently being used to create photorealistic 3D avatars to be used in 3D virtual worlds such as Second Life and There.com.

Image Source: CyberExtruder Website


What Is The Right Marketing Strategy in These Tough Times

November 13, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com is constantly reading stories of new development projects coming to a halt due to the current economic situation. For those projects that are already underway, there is a growing divide regarding the right marketing strategy to employ in this market.

It is our belief that the right strategy is to find a company that is able to devise a solution based on understandably tighter marketing budgets.

There are many ways to skin a cat and creating a marketing strategy that includes 3D walkthroughs, 3D floor plans, and 3D renderings is no exception.

In many cases utilizing actual photography, or existing models from our 3D library can help to significantly reduce the price of our end product. In other cases, simply becoming a little more conscious about the length of a presentation can also help to keep a project fit into a tighter budget.

If you are in need of marketing materials with that WOW factor but are concerned that your budget will not make you a candidate for our serivces, give us a shout and lets chat…you might be very suprised.


Rabbitholes – 3D Motion Holograms

November 10, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com came across a story on wired.com about an interesting company from Canada with a technology called Rabbitholes.

A RabbitHole is a 3D Motion Hologram printed into a 2-dimensional film surface, which displays full-color 3D and action visible without special eyewear. More technically, a RabbitHole is a next-generation digital hologram that contains up to 1280 digital frames of CGI or video imagery.

Source: rabbitholes website

According to the article on wired.com, rabbithole is using its technology to create photo-realistic 3D holographic posters to promote movies. Last week, 10 U.S. theaters rolled out full-color 3D posters with motion and photorealistic detail to promote the movie How She Move.

To produce the imagery, RabbitHoles creates a 3D computer model of the object that will be turned into a hologram. A virtual camera takes snapshots at different angles, and a software algorithm developed by RabbitHoles calculates how light would bounce off each angle in the scene. The result is up to 1,280 different snapshots, or frames, that not only hold color, distance and angle info, but light patterns as well.

Source: wired.com

There are some very cool samples on the rabbitholes website. It is worth taking a look.


Rabbitholes – 3D Motion Holograms

November 10, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com came across a story on wired.com about an interesting company from Canada with a technology called Rabbitholes.

A RabbitHole is a 3D Motion Hologram printed into a 2-dimensional film surface, which displays full-color 3D and action visible without special eyewear. More technically, a RabbitHole is a next-generation digital hologram that contains up to 1280 digital frames of CGI or video imagery.

Source: rabbitholes website

According to the article on wired.com, rabbithole is using its technology to create photo-realistic 3D holographic posters to promote movies. Last week, 10 U.S. theaters rolled out full-color 3D posters with motion and photorealistic detail to promote the movie How She Move.

To produce the imagery, RabbitHoles creates a 3D computer model of the object that will be turned into a hologram. A virtual camera takes snapshots at different angles, and a software algorithm developed by RabbitHoles calculates how light would bounce off each angle in the scene. The result is up to 1,280 different snapshots, or frames, that not only hold color, distance and angle info, but light patterns as well.

Source: wired.com

There are some very cool samples on the rabbitholes website. It is worth taking a look.