NVidia is showing its latest GameWorks technology for use in video games. TurfEffects allows to simulate and render large areas of grass with physical interaction. The rendering supports natural shading with correct shadows from the individual blades of grass as well as self-shadows, two sided lighting and correct occlusion for scene geometry. While cube collisions are shown in the demo the simulation supports interaction with highly complex shapes. More on NVidia's website.
Steve Gilbert has kindly shared a brief report of a webinar held today by Motion Media on the subject of Autodesk subscription and upgrade policy changes. Read his comment for more. (Note: please keep in mind that what is stated is not official information coming straight from Autodesk, and as such should be treated as a rumor)
Magic Leap announced that it has raised $542 million in financing (led by Google), which will be used
to accelerate development of its proprietary mobile wearable system. According to Rony Abovitz, CEO and founder of the company, "Magic Leap is going beyond the current perception of mobile computing, augmented reality, and virtual reality." (more...)
Jasper Brekelmans from Motek announced that a new version of his Kinect-based applications Pro Body and Pro PointCloud will be released November 1st, bringing a significant boost in data fidelity and quality thanks to the use of the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor. More on Brekel.com.
Act-3D announced the upcoming release of v5 of its real-time architectural visualization software. New features include: physically-based materials, new materials interface, Mass Placement feature to build scenes faster, Mass Move effect to animate large numbers of objects, faster rendering, content library updated with new characters and plants, etc. (more...)
Japanese artist and programmer Lyouta Koduka has released a new version of his application for sculpting and customizing particle simulations and point clouds. The latest version incorporates a proxy point cloud system that allows to handle large scale point clouds, among other features. Watch a video on Vimeo and find out more on Sparta's website.