Volvo engineers put on Varjo MR headset then test new designs while driving real cars on the road

Published 29 May 2019

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: automotive, product design, vr, varjo, mixed reality

The Varjo VR-1 ‘human-eye resolution’ VR headset launched earlier this year. And we were very impressed.

Now Varjo has expanded into mixed reality with the XR-1 Developer Edition, a headset which it says achieves the dream of ‘Hard AR’ where you can no longer tell apart what is real and what is virtual.

Swedish auto maker Volvo Cars is a big believer in the technology. Its Tech Fund has invested in Varjo and has been testing XR-1 prototypes since summer 2018. Its engineers are taking real cars out on test drives while wearing an XR-1 headset, so they can assess the interior designs of future cars before they are built.

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Quadro RTX at heart of new HP ZBook 15 and 17 mobile workstations

Published 28 May 2019

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: hp, quadro, workstation, mobile workstation, rtx

The ZBook 15 G6 is HP’s first VR Ready 15-inch mobile workstation

HP has released details of its new HP ZBook 15 G6 and ZBook 17 G6 mobile workstations which feature 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processors (and equivalent Xeons), plus Nvidia Quadro RTX GPUs. Both models offer tool-less expandability to upgrade memory and storage ‘in seconds’, a feature that was introduced with the G5 editions.

While the aluminium alloy CNC machined chassis looks to have remained largely the same, the move from G5 to G6 marks a significant increase in performance.

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HP VR Backpack G2 blurs boundaries between consumer and professional

Published 28 May 2019

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: hp, quadro, vr, geforce

The HP VR Backpack G2 doubles as a ‘super-slim’ desktop for ‘intensive design work’ and VR content creation

HP has launched its second-generation HP VR Backpack, which promises a ‘free-roam’ tetherless VR experience and doubles up as ‘super-slim’ desktop for ‘intensive design work’ and VR content creation. The wearable PC is specifically designed to tackle VR engines including Unreal and Unity.

The HP VR Backpack G2 is powered by 8th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 GPU.

The G1 edition was built around the Quadro P5200, so the move to the consumer-focused GeForce RTX 2080 is significant and presumably intended to bring down cost.

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Nvidia launches Quadro RTX for mobile workstations

Published 27 May 2019

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: nvidia, quadro, vr, mobile workstation, ray tracing, rtx

Nvidia is bringing its RTX ray trace rendering technology to the mobile workstation platform with a new range of Turing-based GPUs, the Quadro RTX 5000 (16GB), RTX 4000 (8GB) and RTX 3000 (6GB). The new lineup will be available in mobile workstations from global OEMs like Dell, HP and Lenovo.

All of the new models are VR Ready, look well suited to real time visualisation and are heavily focussed on ray trace rendering. They feature dedicated RT (ray tracing) cores and Tensor cores, which are used for AI denoising. So instead of having to wait for the GPU to compute thousands of passes, it can conduct a few passes and then use deep learning to remove the noise. It essentially gives a best guess as to what a fully resolved image would look like.

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HDR Light Studio - Tungsten is go

Published 09 May 2019

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: solidworks, rendering, visualisation, hdr, hdr light studio


If you’re deep into your visualisation game, chances are you’ll have heard of HDR Light Studio, which has just announced its latest Tungsten update.

For those that are using Physically-Based Rendering (PBR) systems, it has become a tool of choice to help with both tweaking existing HDR environment images (which the PBR systems use to generate their lighting conditions) as well as to create new environments from scratch.

Over the years (it’s now 10 years old), the system has grown in capability as well as integration with other visualisation tools.

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HP launches production focused Jet Fusion 5200 Series, new materials & alliance with Siemens

Published 09 May 2019

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HP has made a raft of announcements around its 3D printing offerings, this time focussing on the industrial end of the spectrum – particularly interesting for organisations looking for a means of cost-effective additive manufacturing of polymer parts.

First, there’s a new advanced set of hardware in the form of the HP Jet Fusion 5200, which looks to bring together everything needed from the hardware side (in terms of build and post processing) along with some interesting software aspects. HP’s goal is to enable customers to ramp up their 3D production and target business growth.

It’s looking to accomplish this with high-quality parts and optimal yield of parts on an ‘industrial scale’.

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Micro automated 3D Scanner from Artec brings big ability to the desktop

Published 07 May 2019

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: cad, reverse engineering, 3d scanning, 3d scanner, desktop, artec

Equipped with cutting-edge twin cameras, Artec’s Micro is not only the company’s most accurate 3D scanner to-date, but its desktop presence and good looks mean that it’s a piece of kit likely to garner some admiring looks.

Complete with twin blue light scanners that are synchronised with the dual-axis rotation system, Artec suggests that the Micro creates the perfect digital copy using minimal frames.

Fully-automated, this cute little box is an industrial scanner that produces high-resolution colour scans and boasts a point accuracy of up to 10 microns, a tenth the size of a single grain of table salt.

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