TechCrunch brings us news of a new startup called “Lucky Sort” based out of Portland, Oregon that aims to bring live data import and analysis to the iPad.
That where TopicWatch comes in. With the new service, Lucky Sort’s first product, the company wants to enable users to sift through social media, government filings, news and commentary in real time, in order to find, summarize and analyze any text-based content. To be clear, TopicWatch is not yet another “sentiment analysis” or “social listening” platform – those are just subsets of what can be done on top of its platform.
While their first app “TopicWatch” pulls in lots of social media inputs like twitter and others for live analysis, the real tool can be mapped to any live input stream making it an interesting option for those looking to build data analysis tools. I can imagine they’ll be getting a close look from those deep in government intelligence industries.
If you happen to be in Rhode Island this week for IEEE VisWeek, flag down a Kitware developer and check out their latest foray into OpenGL ES 2.0 support with “VES”. Already at the core of their iPad app “KiwiViewer”, they’ve been busily working on it adding lots of features.
And so, here we are, iterating on our code at high speed to prepare demos for VisWeek. Last week I added support for 2D text annotations using VTK’s freetype classes. The annotations can be anchored to 3D points on a mesh, allowing for updated annotation positions as the camera moves around the scene. This feature was demonstrated in the demo video linked above.
The video also shows some impressive slicing and mesh clipping, adding in new degrees of interactivity with your data. Once they get the Animation support added in, this could be a great way to “share” your data with others in a tight setting.
There’s a new iPhone/iPad app out that enables visualization of large 3D models in several popular formats like STL, OBJ, and PLY. From a LinkedIn Post:
The application has been developed by the Visual Computing Lab a research group of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) , the same team that has developed MeshLab, the leading open source mesh processing system. We are going to add, in the next versions, more and more advanced and innovative features to make it become a powerful tool for the presentation, inspection, analysis and review of 3D objects.
It’s an impressive app, similar to Kitware’s KiwiViewer, although this supports more model formats (PLY being my personal favorite addition) and much larger models (up to 2million faces). A free download for both iPhone and iPad.
3D CAD Enthusiasts rejoice as IMSi has brought their impressive TurboViewer app back to the iPad in a Pro version offering newfound levels of interactivity and flexibility.
TurboViewer Pro is a professional drawing viewer with powerful capabilities. In addition to the TurboViewer product line being the first and only native DWG™ viewer that supports both 2D and 3D CAD DWG files for the iOS platform, TurboViewer Pro extends the capability by providing hidden line, x-ray, shaded, layer management and more… all while maintaining its lightning fast 2D and 3D performance.
Enjoy smooth multi-touch navigation as you pan, zoom, and 3D orbit effortlessly around your DWG and DXF™ files. To view drawing files, send an email with DWG or DXF attachment to your iPad/iPhone email client. Drawing files can also be viewed through Web downloads, FTP, Dropbox and WebDav systems.
For a limited time, it’s available for only $9.99 in the App Store, making it a great tool to wow your customers or your boss by interactively pulling up the designs on your iPad to manipulate before their eyes.
Randy Krum has a nice roundup of visualization apps for iOS (iPhone and iPad). Some are free, some are paid, but all are neat.
As infographics continue to evolve and grow in popularity, so do the different ways we can view them. A bunch of infographic specific apps have begun showing up on mobile devices. The functions of these apps include viewing world statistics, infographic design portfolios, company dashboards, creating mind maps, finding new apps and exploring your music collection visually.
I really like the “Stats of the Union” application from Ben Fry and others.
Fans of Kitware can check out their latest application, a small entry into the mobile iPad space, with KiwiViewer.
KiwiViewer is a free, interactive application for exploration of geometric datasets on multi-touch mobile devices. Kiwi currently supports STL, OBJ, and VTK/VTP surface geometry files. Datasets may be loaded into Kiwi from email attachments or from DropBox.
The app is fairly limited: No more than 65k vertices, and apparently no use of Color. However, keep in mind that this is Version 0.0.1 and is guaranteed to only get better from here!
Autodesk is bringing another nice app to the iPad, this time bring some nice deformable 3d modeling to the popular device. Called “123D Sculpt”, it’s a very stripped down version of something like Mudbox, letting you use multitouch interactions with models for a more tactile and intuitive experience.
You can look at the video above for some examples, although the author of SolidSmack took it for a test drive and found it fun but not terribly useful.
After having a chance to play with 123D Sculpt a little more, I’ve gotta say, it’s a lot of fun, but there are some disappointing factors. For one, you can’t import or export models. Also, the crease tools can really mash up that mesh and cause some weird effects. The smooth tool repairs it a little. On small object (the lizard) you can’t get the brush small enough to make detailed edits to the geometry. There is very noticeable lag when using the image-rub tool (I had one crash) and switching between some of the tools. Besides those four things, the UI is incredible.
If you like viewing stereoscopic photos but haven’t found a good display method, then consider this new app for the iPad that offers 3D display output along with some clever on-pad viewing options.
For stereoscopic images, LuxFolio creates a standard side-by-side video signal, which most 3D televisions and video glasses are able to display in 3D stereo.
To display your 3D images right on the iPad, LuxFolio can convert them to red / cyan anaglyphs that can be viewed using standard red/cyan 3D glasses. There’s also a “wobble” mode to give the impression of depth to stereoscopic photos without any glasses.
The app is available in iTunes for only $2.99, and accepts MPO images from the Fuji W1 and W3 cameras as well as regular JPEG left/right pairs.
IMSI just fired a volley across Autodesk’s bow with a great new 3D DWG File Viewer app for the iPad. It’s Free, it’s available now, and it has a few nice features not seen in the “official” offering:
TurboViewer is the first to have full screen preview when the DWG is loading. You can pan the view around and once it’s loaded, it stays where you’ve moved it. It automatically switches between single-touch panning and orbit (rotate) depending on the view being 2D or 3D. Perhaps the biggest feature, is that the views are always full-resolution with no regeneration when zooming in and out. All of these act together to make it a surprisingly responsive viewing application.
OnLive is really scoring big at E3 this week, demonstrating their wares to show off some truly impressive gaming. One demonstration in particular really shows of what could be the future of gaming: Accessing “the cloud” for massive resources to view on your iPad.
OnLive even has a bluetooth controller they’ll make available, which should bring a more console-like experience for iPad users instead of having to use the touchscreen. Imagine pairing this with up with your HDTV via HDMI using the bluetooth controller, and you begin get a real sense of how truly awesome this could be.
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