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The new V2 Leap Motion SDK with Skeletal Tracking allows you to grab, pinch, and perform other hand motions like we haven't seen before! Check out the demo video...the future is here :-)
Continuing the TITAN legacy of supercomputer-inspired performance, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the GeForce GTX TITAN Z at the annual GPU Technology Conference. Built around two Kepler GPUs and 12GB of dedicated frame buffer memory, TITAN Z is engineered for next-generation 5K and multi-monitor gaming.
As you know, Alias|wavefront was birthed by SGI in 1995 after the acquisition of Toronto's Alias Research and Santa Barbara's Wavefront Technologies. Back in its heyday, Silicon Graphics Inc. was the gold standard in high-end computer hardware for 3D graphics computation (IRIX supported 64-bit architecture since 1994...which Windows and Mac OS got not too long ago) and they were the overlords to everything under the A|W roof (Maya, StudioTools and the myriad of software research that went on). With that, we dedicate this week's flashback to SGI, now largely defunct (ok, officially defunct since 2009 but the name is still in use).
Check out these prototype designs, as described by Hartmut Esslinger, the industrial designer who would later work for Apple. Hartmut has written a book that documents his visit with Steve Jobs and subsequent work with Apple Computer. Take a look at the Apple Wrist and Ear Phone from 1985...crazy how far we have come today.
RandomControl is very proud to announce the availability of Arion stand-alone v2.5.0, a major leap forward in unbiased rendering. This new release brings to everyone, but specially to the professionals of animation and VFX a set of very interesting technical improvements. New render passes (AOVs), Lightmixer layers, multi-layered EXR output, Metropolis sampling, CUDA 5.0, faster rendering... Are only examples of the many improvements since version 2.4.x.
The Intuos Creative Stylus connects seamlessly with your iPad Mini, iPad 3 or iPad 4 through Bluetooth® 4.0 Smart. This automatically enables pressure sensitivity, palm rejection and shortcut buttons when used with creative apps that integrate Wacom's industry-leading technology. The stylus will set you back $99 though. Not quite sure about having to carry the pen in a special case and definitely not a fan of the pen with a fat ball tip... but it might work marvelously for others!