Category Archives: Theory & Concepts

The Pixel Dies – Video Replaced by 3D Vector Graphics?

OK, forgive the ambitious headline, but researchers at the University of Bath released their new vector-based video codec at this week’s CVMP 9th European Conference on Visual Media Production held at Vue Cinema in Leicester Square, London. The bold claim … Continue reading

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Foldify – 3D Paper Art made on your iPad

Foldify is a simple, easy-to-use app for creating papercraft art on your iPad. The concept is pretty basic: use the iPad to create digital papercraft art that can be broadly customized with colors, facial features, designs and more, and then … Continue reading

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The 3D ‘Content Problem’

by Fred Abler A problem with most CAD software companies is they are not abundant thinkers. They operate in a paradigm of scarcity. The market is a zero-sum game. There are ‘winners and losers’, and so content creators and other … Continue reading

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Mysteries of Flexable Hexagons

First discovered in 1939 by a daydreaming student named Arthur H. Stone, flexagons have attracted the curiosity of great scientists for decades, including Stone’s famous friend and colleague Richard Feynman. Fig 1- Flexagons are origami-like puzzles that are simple to … Continue reading

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CARTOOGLE ™ – Communicate with Computers via Rough Sketches

by Fred Abler The invention of the digital computer forced us to realize that we need new languages – computer-programming languages – to communicate with machines. These languages are called structured or ‘constructed languages’, as opposed to our ‘natural language’. … Continue reading

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The Raster Revolution – Augmented Reality in Sports

by Fred Abler Modern technology marketing owes a debt to Everett Rogers, an Iowa farm boy who’s father loved electromechanical equipment, but loathed biological-chemical innovations – even though hybrid seed corn yielded 25% more crop and was resistant to drought. … Continue reading

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BIM Bots – Virtual 3D Robots

by Fred Abler In the early oughts’ (2000) while working in a CAD research lab at CAL POLY, SLO, I became intensely interested in 3D ‘object-agents’. Today CAD/BIM users might call them “smart objects”, but there’s really a lot more … Continue reading

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SketchUp Tips Hand – 3D Basecamp Registration

Registration for SketchUp’s upcoming 3D Basecamp opened earlier this week. SketchUp’s own Aidan Chopra said Basecamp half-sold-out in the first two hours of registration. There are still a few dozen spots left, but he doesn’t expect them to last through … Continue reading

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Sunglass 3D Cloud Share – A Future So Bright?

by Fred Abler I love startups with odd names and sunglasses. That’s why Sunglass.io caught my eye. Such a unusual name for a cloud-based 3D collaboration platform (including SketchUp).  I still can’t offer any real insights as to the name, … Continue reading

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