Digital Trends #1: 3D-printed Steel Bridge, Virtual Reality journey and Sustainable smartphone

Posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Marina

What is “Digital Trends”? It is a compendium of the best technology news. Aerys finds for you the top innovations of the moment.

MX3D engineers introduce the first 3D-printed Steel Bridge

 

The team has been able to overcome the shape and size restrictions of conventional 3D printing. MX3D engineers spent a lot time perfecting the robotic printer, which they say first started off as “worm-like blobs.” A few things did go wrong along the way, “a welding machine exploded, nozzles got stuck and the robot got destroyed.” Eventually—after “endless testing”—MX3D engineers were able draw complex sculptures in mid-air and then speed up the process.

3D printing is firstly used for manufacturing. Moreover, it can create 3D food, build 3D houses and it can save lives by printing artificial heart cells and caring for injured animals. This is truly crazy to see how far we can go with this technology! We’re convinced that 3D printing will create jobs in the Factory of the Future.

Source: iflscience.com/technology/robot-going-3d-print-steel-bridge / MX3D website

The Void is a virtual reality experience in a maze

At THE VOID you will walk into new dimensions and experience worlds without limits. From fighting intergalactic wars on alien planets, to casting spells in the darkest of dungeons, THE VOID presents the Future of Entertainment. Only limited by imagination […] Virtual-Reality technologies allow you to see, move, and feel our digital worlds in a completely immersive and realistic way. We are coming to major cities throughout North and South America, Asia, Europe and Australia. More than watching a movie or playing a game … in THE VOID you will live an adventure.

Enter the maze and let the virtual reality game begin. To provide the most immersive experience, The Void used its Rapture devices: HMD (Head Mounted Display), vest and gloves. The player knows he comes in contact with every virtual reality object thanks to environnemental effects felt from multiple points within the vest. Virtual reality is about to grow to the next level with The Void. Will gamers prefer the digital world to the real world? Maybe one day we will wear the Iron Man Suit in VR.

Source: The Void website

Fairphone, a sustainable smartphone which lasts longer

We want to integrate materials in our supply chain that support local economies, not armed militias. We’re starting with conflict-free minerals from the DRC to stimulate alternative solutions. We’re using design to change the relationship between people and their phones. We’re focusing on longevity and repairability to extend the phone’s usable life and give buyers more control over their products More Help. Factory workers deserve safe conditions, fair wages and worker representation. We work closely with manufacturers that want to invest in employee wellbeing.We’re addressing the full lifespan of mobile phones, including use, reuse and safe recycling. We believe that our responsibility doesn’t end with sales.

We discovered Fairphone at Futur en Seine 2015. New technologies are not only about creating the best Sci-Fi gadgets as the hoverboard from Back to the future or flying cars. It is also being conscious that we need to preserve our resources thanks to sustainable projects. Planned obsolescence on smartphones is an issue for environment. Fairphone could change our point of view to not throw our smartphone too easily.

Source: Fairphone website

Laval Virtual 2015 Tech Reviews

Posted on May 27th, 2015 by Marina

5.000 professional visitors, 9.100 visitors on general public days… We were at the seventeenth International Exhibition of Laval Virtual and it was a successful event!

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The presentation we made

Following BIM World 2015, our Minko platform allows users to:

■ Visualize 50+ 3D formats in real-time and on all screens (Web, smartphones and tablets),

■ Share their 3D models up to 200x faster: 0 download/install required,

■ Collaborate with their team or the rest of the world with 3D annotations (texts, links, audio, videos, PDFs…),

(+1) ■ Filter the 3D models according to metadata and add clipping planes.

These new features are available very soon. You can now create your free account and test the platform with your 3D models here!

The experiences we loved testing

■ OSVR by Razer (http://osvr.com/) is a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers. They were here to introduce the OSVR kit, an open-source virtual reality headset for pushing the VR gaming experience forward. Thanks to a partnership with Razer, we may update our Minko solution so as to be compatible with OSVR!

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■ Dive by Durovis (http://durovis.com) is the world’s first and original hands-free smarthphone holder that allows you to get immersed into virtual reality. Made from high quality flexible nylon plastic, it is lighweight and comfortable. Two sizes : Tablets (7-inch) and mobiles, with Leap Motion support.

 

■ MiddleVR (http://middlevr.com/middlevr-sdk/)  is a software company providing immersive virtual reality applications, tools and services. For engeneering, marketing, training, education and architecture/real estate/urban planning…

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■ Birdly by Zurich University of Arts (http://birdly.zhdk.ch/about/) is an installation which explores the experience of bird in flight. It tries to capture the mediated flying experience, with several methods. The participant can control the simulator with his hands and arms, which directly correlates to the wings and the primary feathers of the bird.

 

■ Childhood (http://childhoodproject.web.fc2.com/) a japanese project which allows users to put themself into a child’s shoes. It proposes a novel wearable suit that virtually realizes a child’s embodiment and experience while preserving the user’s interactions and perceptions.

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Source photo: 20minutes

AND MORE…

Here’s the videos from Laval Virtual 2015

More videos

 

Thank you for meeting us at our booth!

Stay tuned for more events! We’ll be back next year.

Aerys and Firefox unveil the future of VR on the Web at GDC2015

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 by Marina

The Game Developers Conference will take place in San Francisco from March 2nd to 6th, 2015. It will absolutely be full of surprises because we are pleased to inform you that we are partner on virtual reality with Mozilla Firefox.

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According to Vladimir Vukicevic, the Engineering Director at Mozilla, “Mozilla is not building a virtual reality headset. We are currently exploring the potential of virtual reality on the open Web, and are shipping VR-enabled builds of Firefox Nightly. At GDC this year, we will be showcasing the latest Web VR demos from the Web development community.” – UploadVR

 

As an awesome partner, Mozilla Firefox will introduce Oculus Rex, the first 100% web virtual reality application. The demo will launch directly on the Web thanks to the new standard WebVR: no plugin required! It is powered by the Minko engine, our open-source cross-platform 3D engine, and uses the latest modern Web standards such as WebGL, WebAudio and of course WebVR. Please come to the Mozilla Firefox booth (#2110) to test-drive Oculus Rex!

[AT GDC TOO!] To succeed further, our IronMan VR display will be demonstrated on the Leap Motion booth (#1024 South). Imagine how amazing it will be to see you facing a hologram in a virtual room! Go to the Leap Motion booth to see for yourself.

 

We are delighted to share our virtual reality experiences developed with Minko at GDC! Will you be there to explore the future of 3D?

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Oculus Rex released: virtual reality and a T-Rex take their first step on the Web

Posted on October 27th, 2014 by Jean-Marc Le Roux

Virtual reality is more than a new concept; it is a science which settles down in your living rooms. After winning a Golden lion at Cannes and experimenting with holograms inspired by Iron Man at Futur en Seine, Aerys releases Oculus Rex: the very first full-web virtual reality experience powered by WebVR, the wannabe standard for VR on the web.

 

Aerys and Ogilvy win an “innovation” Gold Award at Cannes

Posted on August 28th, 2014 by Jean-Marc Le Roux

Babolat Play is the world first connected tennis racket! Presented at the 2014 Cannes Lions international advertising competition, the project won a gold award in the “innovation” category you could check here. And that’s also a victory for Minko, the technology behind Babolat Play’s innovative and sexy data-visualization experience.

Designed by the Ogilvy Lab Paris and implemented by Aerys using Minko, the biggest challenge was to deliver the same meaningful, sexy and vibrant data-visualization experience on all devices. Using Minko, the team has successfully built a native (C++/OpenGL) 3D hardware-accelerated app that would run on mobiles (OpenGL ES), web browsers (HTML5/WebGL) and even cloud servers with the exact same source code.

To support older web browsers the native app is also running server-side, leveraging the power of the cloud to generate stills that can be shared on social media on the fly with uncompromised performances.

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Babolat Play is a brilliant example of how hardware accelerated graphics can help creating meaningful data-visualization experiences. With the new power brought by modern web browsers and Minko’s ubiquity, those experiences have the biggest reach ever. It’s also the definitive proof that the collaboration between advertising agencies, such as Ogilvy France, and startups, such as Aerys, can lead to great success stories.