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Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are not new topics, they have been around for decades just like 3D printing/additive manufacturing. Hardware and software advances in recent years are pushing AR/VR to the top of many technology trends lists. VR has been available for several decades, and even in consumer markets for the past few years. VR technology is somewhat easier to implement as it projects a complete environment and does not need to significantly account for the physical environment. Where as, AR overlays data in the existing environment, in real time, requiring the AR application to recognize objects in order to maintain registration and ensure that the data matches the environment's context. Modern smart phones and tablets, as well as commercially available headsets, have the computing performance necessary to support many of today's use cases, and software frameworks can support a range of devices from phones to head mounted
Published in PLM
It's an audacious thing to say, that human knowledge is a constraint on our imagination and innovation. I was reminded of this last week in a conversation with Dr. Pedro Marcal. Pedro is the author of MARC, the first nonlinear finite-element code, long since acquired by MSC. Now, at age 80, Dr. Marcal continues to write Python scripts to apply optimization techniques to his own nonlinear FE solvers for composite materials. Go is an Oriental game that has been played for thousands of years. It involves placing tokens on a board. While the rules are simple, many will say the game is more difficult to master than chess. A successful Go-playing computer program was built using a compilation of human strategies and a data base of perhaps 100,000 games previously played by experts. This program took months to build, and can beat most expert players most of the time. But then, Artificial
Published in Simulation/CAE
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