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Showing posts with label 3d. Show all posts
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Thursday, 21 June 2012

Mixed Reality - Canon to Launch Game Changer

Canon have announced that they will launch their "Mixed Reality" (MR) technology at the end of July this year.  What does this mean for the likes of you and me?  Quite a lot actually.

What Canon has done is, quite simply, outstanding, by giving the ability to combine full size computer generated images in 3D that interact with the user.  It's uses are endless, including prototyping new products in a much reduced time scale than traditional methods.  The user will be able to use the prototype combining it with the MR system and actually get a feel of how the product will handle in the real world.

Canon state that the technology will "initially focus on the industrial design and other design fields".  But ultimately I can see this technology making it's way into our homes.  For a while now, users of consoles and hand-helds such as the Sony PS3 and Nintendo 3DS have been using augmented reality (AR) to play games, whereby the use of cards or everyday objects are reflected in their games.  But should Canon develop (and undoubtedly miniaturise) the technology, and I can see console manufacturers being very interested in buying into the technology.

And let's not forget what this technology could do in the field of medicine (something Canon are already pioneers of).  Using MR in this field could allow surgeons to practice complicated procedures on patients as if it was a real-life situation.

So yet again, Canon have come up with a technology that will benefit us all in the long run, be that allowing manufacturers to bring to market products quicker, or to enhance game play in the future, or even help save lives.

The full press release from Canon on MR can be found here

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Monday, 23 April 2012

Intel Ivy Bridge Released

Today saw Intel announce the release of it's new processors, the Intel Ivy Bridge.  These chips are the first to feature what Intel are describing as their "3D transistor" based technology, a move away from the Planar transistors used in previous processors.  This, Intel claims, allows the processor to give more computational power (approximately 20%), whilst using less energy (again, approximately 20%).  In addition to this, the chips are the first to be produced using 22 nanometre technology.

There will be 13 varieties of the chip released, with most of them being aimed at the desktop market.  All of the initial round of chips will be quad core.  However, I don't doubt for a second that we will see hex core varieties of these chips on the market before the middle of 2013, and who knows, maybe Intel will have a surprise up their sleeves and produce the first Oct-Core.

Illustration of the differences between planar transistors and the new tri-gate transistorsIt's taken Intel 11 years to perfect the new tri-gate transistors, and this technology will help reduce the amount of energy needed to power the chips.  With lower energy requirements comes cooler chips.  And with Intel keen to ensure it has a place in the mobile phone market as well as tablet devices, they will start to challenge the likes of ARM for chips in these kind of devices.  AMD on the other hand don't seem to currently have an answer for Intel's constant dominance in the processor market.  It's due to release it's "Piledriver" processors, using a technology they term as "resonant clock mesh".  However, AMD have not yet announced when these new processors are likely to hit the shelves, and some believe AMD are now unlikely to gain any ground over Intel.

However, Intel aren't resting on their laurels. It seems they are are already working on Ivy Bridge's successor, codenamed "Haswell".  Reportedly aimed at the mobile/notebook market, figures being quoted will significantly improve battery life, allowing devices to be powered all day on one charge, and 10 days worth of standby time.

Whoever said Moore's Law was beginning to flounder?!
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