I just read the Autodesk AEC blog post on Augmented Reality (AR) in the AEC industry. AR is a technology that will greatly enhance AEC and many other design and construction project needs to visualize the data over the existing structures. This is not to be confused with Virtual Reality (VR) which is a complete generated display where AR augments what you are seeing with other data and visuals.
I have been traveling a fair amount recently and about to enjoy some Summertime with my young daughter. I just returned from a work project in Mexico helping to train artists and scientist using Autodesk Memento to digitally capture corals and sculptures in 3D. While in Mexico a big storm hit the day after I arrived bring high winds and flooding leading to power outages and preventing me from some work related SCUBA dives on the worlds second largest barrier reef the Mesoamerican reef, It was several days of really bad weather of a tropical storm bordering in category 1 hurricane. I was staying with my generous host an artist TED Fellow and amazing person Colleen Flanigan who loves the melding of art and science to protect and rejuvenate the coral reefs and spent considerable time on the ZOE sculpture project.
The storm caused considerable flooding and downed power lines and debris. I even noticed boats had sunk. ONe of the crazy concerns was not the downed power lines but a local resident telling me be careful of the standing water as there are many large hungry crocodiles that can be in there,
Nighttime candles for lighting since we did not have power.
My improvised phone waterproof sandwich bag.
Why is this important and matter? Reefs around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate and scientists scrambling to preserve and study them and 3D accurate data is far more useful than 2D coral surveys especially for volumetric changes that can be measured using Memento. The coral reefs and mangroves surrounding the Yucatan villages such as Puerto Morelos Mexico where I was staying are what protects land, villages, and sustains all life and if they vanish so does everything else.
I had several meeting and days training how scientists working with the Mexican University UNAM and Mexican Government CONAMP can use Memento to non-destructively capture corals and reef structures as well as about anything else.
I am looking forward to sharing models and some of the projects from amazing people mixing science and art underwater in the common goal of saving the coral and oceans. Colleen Flannigan and the ZOE sculpture project as well as Roberto Diaz Abraham of MUSA.
What an amazing project and so much more to the story to tell and share with you as the data is processed data and we continue to work with the artists and scientist of the Yucatan and all of Mexico.
Who remembers the good old Autodesk3ds Max and Character Studio product Dancing Baby from the late 90s that even made the Ally McBeal television show? I thought the dancing baby and all of the many versions had faded into history, but on a Delta Airlines flight this week the little dancing guy made an appearance dancing down the aisle causing me to laugh during a safety video for my early morning flight.
“How do you fuse two Cadillac bodies together, install two huge engines, and actually make the thing not only drive, but serve as one of the main vehicles in a film that’s essentially one long car chase? This was one of the many challenges facing Jacinta Leong, art director on Mad Max: Fury Road,”
I attended the TEDx Portland event on May 30th, 2015 and had planned to see my colleage and teammate Maurice Conti but his appendix had other ideas. TEDx opened with a shout out to Maurice to get better and they are looking forward to him at TEDx 2016.
What is TEDx? ”In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.“
Some of the highlights for me personally:
Jon Wexler of Adidas kicked off the event and was hilarious and told a really great example of how tweeting can lead to unexpected impacts whern he accidently tweeted about a major event before PR had planned to announce it making him the most popular person in the sneaker world on Twitter that day, and certainly not the most favorite person in the office. You can do a great deal of damage in 140 characters.
Vidya Spandana presented her amazing story of dropping out of the tech world where she was a big success and the journey around the world living poor working menial jobs off the grid in order to restart her brain and life and eventually sitting on a presidential appointment.
Karen Gaffney - Changed our perception on Down Syndrome and the accomplishments she has done. Karen is an amazing lady and swimmer.
Cameron Smith PhD a Portland State University Professor and cofounder of Pacific Spaceflight is taking what used to be a $1000,000 per spacesuit unit cost and bringing the cost down to $1000 and packed with innovations and pure 100% ingenuity.
Benji Wagner strong bearded founder of Poler explained how to get out there and not get phrozen by your phones. Funny and great speaker!
Regina Ellis Chief Joy Officer and founder of the Children's Cancer Association. This presentation by Regina was on the Joy Effect and her truly moving personal story of her daughter that had the audience in tears and truly moved.
TEDx Portland featured great lunch and breaks with local Tillamook Cheese providing yogurt, Stumptown Coffee providing cold brew coffee and the famous Salt and Straw providing my favorite Sea Salt and Caramel ribbon ice cream. Local winery and also world famous beer brewer Rogue created a special Tomorrows IPA for the TEDx event.
Check out “Yesterday's Tomorrow - A Portland Journey” that was announced at TEDx by the Oregonian and produced by Uncage the Soul Productions on Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/127954097
Speech of Arrested Development and more gave an amazing presentation and personal story of his grandmother. He had the crowd on their feet.
Renny Gleeson summed up TEDx Portland 2015 so very well and it seemed “Mind Blown” was unanimous.
Autodesk participates in the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) with hundreds of employee teams competing internally and against other companies and the perfect side effect of getting more fit. This GCC 2015 is my third year participating and last year our team made 11th place within Autodesk as Team OCTO (Office of the CTO.) Teams of 7 log their steps from pedometers, or the distance biking or swimming daily in this fun fitness challenge.
The oldest stone tools known to man were found in remote Northern Kenya. The tools date back 3.3 million years. My friend Dr. Louise Leakey documented the excavation and tools using Autodesk technology to share the discovery with the world.
These historical findings are detailed in an article published last week in Nature Magazine (May 20, 2015). Now, through the power of Autodesk technology, people all around the world will have the chance to share in this major scientific discovery.
Dr. Louise Leakey, in collaboration with Autodesk, used Memento technology to create high quality 3D digital replicas of the stone tool artifacts, for preservation, education and further research. Memento is Autodesk’s cutting-edge free software that enables users to convert photos or scans into 3D models to be optimized for the web or mobile viewing, or 3D printing.
Read more on the In the Fold blog about this incredible discovery.
My Autodesk Office of the CTO colleagues Evan Atherton and David Thomasson were just featured in a Forbes story on research projects in robotics and teaching robots to draw. It is fascinating to watch the robot in person interpreting the images and instructions. It is still safer to teach the robot to draw with a pen than carve wood with a knife but someday its creations will be hard to detect when compared from an artisans work.. The goal isn't to create a robotic artist army, but to better understand programming robots for so many possibilities.
In the new short film Artoo in Love, the famous Star Wars droid goes head-over-wheels for a similarly dome-shaped U.S. mailbox. The film, written and directed by Autodesk engineer Evan Atherton, called for a scene in which the lovers pose for a sketch artist, also a robot. Not settling for fakery, Atherton asked his Autodesk colleague David Thomasson if he could train a robot to sketch from life. Why not? They tutored the robot first on line drawings, guiding its arm across the canvas, then moved on to curves and flourishes until its algorithms could eventually take over. With the film wrapped, the team is now teaching the robot to paint and eventually will use motion-capture so it can mimic and adapt human actions to make more original works. The hope, says Thomasson, is that robots will be not just “a practical tool but also a creative partner.”
This cover of I, Robot illustrates the story "Runaround", the first to list all Three Laws of Robotics.
The Three Laws, quoted as being from the "Handbook of Robotics, 56th Edition, 2058 A.D.", are:
A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
It is Memorial Day weekend in the United States which kicks off Summer. Sadly it also is the start of more traffic accidents and many related to long holiday drives while tired. Please, if you are driving long distances this weekend stop and take resets and arrive alive.
The photo was taken by me this week from a UAV Quad Copter a rest area along Highway 26 between Portland Oregon and Cannon Beach.