Archive for March, 2010

Discover the SimplyCube editors at Laval Virtual

March 24, 2010

As announced before, SimplySim will be present at the Laval Virtual 2010. The Laval Virtual is the first European event dedicated to enhanced and virtual reality, real time 3D and interactive techniques and takes place in Laval France (1 hour and a half from Paris in TGV) from April 7th to April 11th 2010. This year is the 12th edition of the tradeshow, and SimplySim first participation. The entrance is free during the professional day as long you have an invitation … invitation that we are happy to provide right here.

laval virtual

The Laval Virtual will be the first public presentation of the editors of the SimplyCube. The SimplyEdit, SimplyPhysic and SimplyShader are easy to use tools designed to help you create rapidly any professional 3D application: simulations, serious games, marketing applications, video games…

First preview of the SimplyEdit

First preview of the SimplyEdit, SimplyCube's 3D scene edition tool

We will also present our latest demo created using the SimplyCube 3D simulation engine and editors: our UAV Demo, our robotics simulation demo, our underwater demo, and a new “Nanorobot demo” (if you follow @VB_Simply3D you only have an idea of what to expect for this one…).

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SimplyCube beta first independent review

March 15, 2010

When we launched our beta a little more than a month ago, one of our main expectations was to see how people will review and comment our product. We’ve received recently a first in depth review of the beta by a PhD student at the Department of Computing of the Imperial College of London. To let you judge by yourself here is the conclusion of the review:

“The tool claims to be “The easiest tool to create real-time 3d software”, this beta release is a first step at this. It provides a good SDK for a rendering engine with physics. This provides some novel features such as the support for multiple physics engines in the same application and a nice Day/Night lighting system. The SDK looks like a good stepping stone to an intuitive user interface. Which is due in a future release. The engine is meant to support robotics and simulations however the beta currently gives limited intuition on how will it fulfils this role.

In summary this is an interesting product since it leverages and extends a number technically competent products from Microsoft namely the .Net framework in C#, Microsoft’s Robotics Studio and the XNA Games Studio. This provides a good starting point and it will be interesting to see how this product develops.”

SimplySim beta review

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This first independent review comes as a support for our SimplyCube, because although only a fraction of the final product has been tested (the editors are not yet available in the beta), the strong points highlighted by the review are the one we’ve been working for:

  • An easy to use 3D real time simulation SDK
  • A multi-physics engine, physics simulation
  • Advanced 3D rendering with post processing and lightning effects

The product continues to evolve, and as I said in last week’s post the next step is a series of demos showing a more advanced use of the engine. Of course, if you want to get a better idea of what our product is worth, register for the beta and test the product by yourself! And if you make your own review of our product, we’ll be glad to post it here.

SimplyCube beta, one month on…

March 10, 2010

About a month ago we launched the beta version of the simulation engine of the SimplyCube. It’s time to make an update on how things are going, what we’ve been doing lately, and what we’ll be doing next.

Microsoft Techdays video

The official launch of the SimplyCube beta was marked by a one hour introduction session at the Microsoft Techdays in Paris. Microsoft has just released the video of this session (embedded here, video in French) and of the other sessions of the TechDays (which I advise you to watch if you have time).

Watch SimplySim webcast at Techdays

SimplyCube beta

Today a little more than 150 first beta testers have received a copy of the SimplyCube beta, a larger number of you have already registered, but we’re increasing the number of allowed tester slowly to ensure everyone has a great experience. For now the feedback is mostly positive, and for the second month we’ll open the number of testers more freely. Be sure to register on our website, and you shall receive your download link rapidly.

SimplyCube box

Talking of our website, we have completed a few sections that were missing when we’ve launched it last month. Check out the gallery section and the product description section to see what have changed. These two more detailed sections should give you a better idea of what our product is about.

What’s next? Laval virtual 2010, more demo.

The major next step for SimplySim will be our presence at the Laval Virtual 2010. This tradeshow focused on Virtual Reality, but also simulations, serious games, and 3D marketing applications, will be the occasion for us to unveil the editors of the SimplyCube, more demo of what can be done with our product and to release more stuff in the beta.

laval virtual

One of the main demands about the beta was to get more available demonstrations and examples (I know at least a few of you want to get their hands on our UAV demo). We are currently working on a series of demonstration showing each step of a real project that should be a good addition to the tutorials already included in the demo. Julien Mercier, a student from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis who has joined us for a six month internship will be responsible for the creation of this series of demo. You can follow his progress day by day on the SimplyCube on his twitter account: @VB_Simply3D. This should be an interesting test for the ease of use of our product, to show what a trainee can achieve in a few weeks. You should also stay tuned to this blog and the twitter of SimplySim, as we’ll soon tell you a little more about these new demos.