Software maker Autodesk teamed up with Microsoft to leverage the HoloLens for 3D engineering and industrial design. It's still early days but augmented reality technology like the HoloLens could be of significant help in everyday design/engineering projects as it enables as it removes the limits of displaying 3D objects on relatively small displays:
To fully understand what we could do with HoloLens, we spent several months building dozens of prototypes and tested many scenarios to understand how customers could benefit most from a mixed reality environment. We explored ways to make work areas have infinite space by using walls and open areas overlaid with holographic objects. We explored how users could collaborate together by looking at the same holographic model and being able to walk around it and discuss various aspects of the design as if it were really sitting on their table. We explored the possibilities of creating and editing directly from a holographic model, as well as pitching a final design to an executive team or a customer.
We were blown away by the possibilities. All of those benefits and other variations are coming to fruition in the FreeForm project.
But one of the hardest things about this experience is trying to explain it in words or even pictures. Unfortunately, we can’t give everyone the hands-on (or should I say “heads-on”) experience yet. But we have assembled a video that illustrates how a mechanical engineer and an industrial designer can work together in holographic space to solve various tasks in a far more collaborative way than they could without it.
German tech site 3D Center dug up details about the codenames of some of NVIDIA's upcoming Pascal and Volta GPUs. The information originates from references in a CUDA dll file from one of NVIDIA's latest drivers, mixed with a healthy dose of speculation.
GP100 - Enthusiast chip, replaces the GM200. Earlier reports pointed to 17 billion transistors, 4096-bit memory bus, up to 16GB HBM2 and twice the performance/Watt than its predecessor.
GP102 - No details known but the codename suggests it's a high-end GPU.
GP104 - High-end chip, replaces the GM204
GP106 - Performance series replacement for the GM206
GP107 - Mainstream class replacement for the GM107
GP10B (or typo for GP108?) - Low-cost successor for the GM108 chips
GV100 - Future enthusiast chip that will replace the Pascal-based GP100. Earlier rumors pointed to double the performance/Watt, up to 64GB memory, probably made on 10nm process
Amazon shows off more of its Prime Air project, an effort to dramatically change how packages are delivered. Prime Air is a futuristic delivery system that uses drones to get packages from nearby logistics hubs to customers in 30 minutes or less.
The drones fly under 400 feet and weigh less than 55 pounds, they're capable of delivering packages of up to five pounds and feature sophisticated "sense and avoid" technology, as well as a high degree of automation. Not a lot of details were shared but Amazon did mention it's testing many different vehicle designs and delivery mechanisms to discover how best to deliver parcels in a variety of environments.
Amazon thinks the first Prime Air deliveries may start within four to five years. The drones are all-electric and promise to be more cost-efficient, more environmentally friendly and faster than using human-operated trucks.
In the clip below, you can see Jeremy Clarkson showing off how it works. The prototype drone scans the area near the delivery coordinates for a landing spot, which is marked by a printed Amazon logo, and delivers the package on this spot. There may be regulatory and practical issues ahead but so far this is looking very exciting.
Lenovo announced co-branded Razer Editions of its Y-series PCs. The first special edition prototype of the company's cooperation was revealed last week at DreamHack Winter 2015, the partnership will explore multiple new designs and product lines as well as cross-channel opportunities.
Lenovo (HKSE:992) (ADR: LNVGY) and Razer revealed their first-ever gaming desktop prototype that will officially launch at CES (Consumer Electronics Show®) 2016. The two companies announced that together they will co-brand and co-market special Razer Edition models of Lenovo’s Y series gaming devices – marrying the manufacturing, supply chain and channel relationships of Lenovo, the world’s number one PC maker, with the immersive technology and deep expertise of Razer, a leading company in connected gaming devices and software for gamers.
PC gaming today offers a rich and immersive experience – thanks in part to cutting-edge graphics performance, superior processing power, and peripherals designed specifically for gaming. Lenovo will employ its system design and engineering expertise, while Razer will enhance the immersive experience for gamers. All forthcoming Lenovo Razer Edition products will be co-branded and reflect the edgy Lenovo Y series look and feel with iconic Razer elements like customizable Chroma lighting effects.
Razer matches Lenovo’s scale and broad appeal with a high-touch dedication to the gaming community. Lenovo and Razer will be offering Y series Razer Edition products to Lenovo’s extensive global reach and Razer’s core gamer communities. Additionally, both companies are looking to jointly double down efforts to fast track the development of new technologies, including gaming experience enhancements.
The Lenovo and Razer strategic partnership will extend to multiple new designs and products and the companies will also explore potential cross-selling opportunities in the near future.
“We are thrilled to partner with Razer and bring out the best from both companies to deliver a better, more immersive gaming experience for customers,” said Victor Rios, vice president and general manager, Workstation BU, Gaming and Industry Solutions, Lenovo. “While we bring to the table our engineering expertise, design muscle and scale, Razer adds in the finesse and experience of serving the gaming community for the last decade. We believe our partnership is a strong first step that will lead to the delivery of winning PC gaming solutions and a brand new experience to our customers.”
Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan said, “This agreement opens opportunities to advance the gaming lifestyle through world-class product in unprecedented ways. Lenovo is the world’s #1 PC maker. Razer is the world’s #1 gaming lifestyle brand. Together we have the passion, insight and operational capabilities to delight and empower the PC gaming community worldwide.”
Over the weekend, complaints hit Reddit about a bug in the new AMD Radeon Software "Crimson Edition" driver that limits the GPU fan speed to 20 percent. Under load, like when playing a game, the issue can lead to system crashes or could potentially result in damage to your video card.
Reddit has a lot of reports from users who are saying that after they had installed the latest Crimson driver, the fan remained locked at 20%. This is usually happening without the knowledge of the user, who finds out when the system crashes. If they’re lucky, the system will reboot, but that's not always the case. It’s possible for GPU to die in the process, and that makes things a lot more complicated.
AMD acknowledged the issue and promised a fix will be released later today. The bug is reportedly limited to select GPUs but until the fix is out we recommend being very careful if you're using the new AMD GPU drivers.
We are aware of low fan speed reports on select GPUs with Radeon Software Crimson Edition. We intend to publish a hotfix on Monday.
According to the rumor mill, AMD is preparing to release a dual-GPU Fury card in December. The product name is speculated to be Radeon R9 Fury X2 but this is not official yet and earlier rumors pointed to more unique names like Radeon Fury Maxx. VideoCardz reports the card probably features two Radeon R9 Nano GPUs, with lower clockspeeds, to fit into a 300W thermal envelope. The site claims there will be a special press event in December to introduce the dual-GPU card to the world.
NVIDIA is not planning GTX 990, but I’m pretty sure they have prototype boards ready to be mass produced as TITAN Z successor.
Going back to Fury X2, first teasers were already posted. Of course it couldn’t come from anyone else than in Johan Andersson himself, technical director from DICE, who we know from previous teasers with 295X2 and R9 290X. The teaser clearly indicates we are looking at yet another liquid-cooled Radeon graphics card. Unfortunately though, Johan’s sample was leaking, clearly indicating that someone has to leak more information.
Dat feeling when your just arrived closed liquid cooling pre-release GPU turns out to not be so closed after all pic.twitter.com/umpVUtdVwc
Rumors are going around the web that chip foundry Globalfoundries may be up for sale as its owner is exploring asset sales amid the slump in crude oil. Globalfoundries was founded in 2009 as the divestiture of AMD's manufacturing arm, and over the years it scooped up Chartered Semiconductor as well as assets from IBM. Three years ago AMD sold its final shares in the company, making Abu Dhabi sovereign fund Mubadala Development Co. the sole owner of the chip maker.
Now it seems Mubadala is considering to get rid of all or parts of the chip maker in a transaction that could value the business at $15 billion to $20 billion. Bloomberg heard the state-owned investment arm held early with potential acquirers, but the site acknowleges that no final decision has been made and discussions could still fall apart.
Abu Dhabi is reviewing state-owned companies, including Mubadala, for potential asset sales, as the slump in crude oil pressures the emirate’s finances, people familiar with the matter said last month. The emirate had a long-term plan to build a chip factory there to diversify its economy away from a dependence on oil.
The company’s also been investing. In October, Globalfoundries acquired International Business Machines Corp.’s chip unit, with IBM paying them $1.5 billion to take the unprofitable business off its hands. The same month, Mubadala formed a joint venture with Trafigura Beheer BV to take a 50 percent stake in three Spanish mines.
Raspberry Pi introduced its most affordable computer board to date. The new Raspberry Pi Zero costs a mere $5 and features a 1GHz Broadcom BCM2835 ARM11 based processor, 512MB LPDDR2 SDRAM, a micro-SD memory card slot, a Mini-HDMI socket, Micro-USB sockets for data and power and unpopulated 40-pin GPIO and compositive video headers. The board measures just 65mm x 30mm x 5mm and can be bought via these links.
The original Raspberry Pi Model B and its successors put a programmable computer within reach of anyone with $20-35 to spend. Since 2012, millions of people have used a Raspberry Pi to get their first experience of programming, but we still meet people for whom cost remains a barrier to entry. At the start of this year, we began work on an even cheaper Raspberry Pi to help these people take the plunge.
If you live in the UK, you might be interested in picking up the December issue of The MagPi magazine, it features a free Raspberry Pi Zero on the front cover!