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Computer Aided Design

CAD or Computer Aided Design is the process of using computer systems to design products meant for physical deployment. Cars, buildings, waste paper bins, underground piping. All are designed with CAD.

Modern CAD programs are based off of parametric modelling, and are almost always 3D as a result.

In parametric modelling, an object created must be realistic - holes cannot be drilled too close to one another, or to the edge, or they will blend together, forcing a degree of physical realism.

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Large Image Display: Animatrix: A Detective Story: A Computer is still A Computer
With a little creative thought, any modern-day convenience can be replicated in a world striving for an olden day feel, simply by changing its design to suit.

Aimed at the working Visual C++ game developer, 3D Game Engine Design provides a tour of mathematical techniques for 3-D graphics, and the source code that's used to implement them in state of year 2000?s art gameworld engines.

Yes, this is a game design book, rather than a simulation design book. However, the disconnect between simulations and games technology wise, does not really exist.

Creating any virtual environment from scratch is a mammoth project, likely to involve a large team of coders, modellers, builders, and support personnel. Like any large project, having a design is critical. Just as critical is knowing how to analyse the problem and design a solution.

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Designing God
Forget intelligent design, how do you design a god, and a religion round them, for practical use within a gameworld?

This book is essentially the direct outpourings from the designer?s mind on the foundational skills behind the design and architecture of a game, or gameworld. Of course, since virtual environments, even non-gaming, share many albeit not all of the same design features, a designer lacking these skills, risk overlooking usability issues and immersion values, without which users may struggle. This is especially true in persistent VR.

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All-in-Premium Remote
It had to happen sooner or later; a remote control with an inbuilt television screen for the truly lazy. At CES 2010, Samsung delivered on what is basically one such device. Designed to work with Samsung's 9000-series flatscreen TVs, the remote is essentially a mini pad computer, with a design not too dissimilar from an iPhone.

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The Designer's Notebook: Why Design Documents Matter
?Like the phone book, most design documents aren?t intended to be read but referred to. Nobody reads them cover to cover, but managers and developers look things up in them that are relevant to their particular tasks.?

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The Two Cs of Videa Game Design
Though this article deals with video games, the same can be applied to all interactive mediums, just as important as great design skills are creativity and communication skills. Teamwork, and cooperation are just as important as creative flair. Remember that.

This is very much a gameworld creation book, not a VR in general, so level design, scripted pathways, how to create the illusion of a living world around the player, all these resources are given detailed inspection in the book.


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Researchers in Germany have detailed a notable advance toward designing drugs for serious diseases entirely from within virtual spaces, utilising digitised resources instead of trial and error.

Their study is scheduled for t...

(Press Release) The global computer-aided surgery market is approximately $465 million and growing rapidly. In the U.S., the computer-aided surgery market was an estimated $296M in 2004. As new companies enter this arena, the annual growth ...

Computer-aided detection or CAD, which has been increasingly used to create computer-aided backup scans in breast screening, designed to improve accuracy, according to the first large-scale study of the technology; actually reduced the accu...

Forget draft tables and complicated computer-aided design programs: You dream it. Endless Forms helps you design it.

Cornell University’s new interactive website EndlessForms allows anyone to point, click, collaborate and c...

For the last week or so, Google, the main internet search engine, has been able to read inside DWG files posted on the internet.

DWG is a closed format, used to create CAD (Computer Aided Design) documents, and controlled by ...