Aug 06 2008

Dassault Systemes’ 3DVIA to Showcase Latest 3D and Virtual Reality Advancements at SIGGRAPH 2008

Along with Product Demonstrations, 3DVIA and Its Technology Partners Challenge Attendees with New Interactive Virtual Reality Game

Paris, France, August 6, 2008 - Dassault Systèmes (DS) (NASDAQ: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065. DSY. PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that its 3DVIA brand for lifelike 3D product experiences will be showcasing the latest in highly-interactive 3D and virtual reality technology at the SIGGRAPH 2008 Conference, taking place in Los Angeles from August 11 to August 15. Joined by many of its technology partners in its booth, #1217, 3DVIA will provide attendees with an exciting look at the 3D advancements enabled by its 3DVIA Virtools application development platform.

Along with product demonstrations, 3DVIA and partner Softkinetic will challenge SIGGRAPH attendees to play an addictive and interactive 3D game. The virtual reality contest will showcase the integration of 3DVIA Virtools, the comprehensive platform for creating highly-interactive 3D applications for electronic entertainment, enterprise and industry, and the Web, with Softkinetic’s middleware technology.  Softkinetic’s 3D gesture recognition software takes interactivity to a new level by allowing players to interact directly with the games through a 3D depth sensing camera without the need for a controller. The virtual reality contest game will give players an immersive and intuitive gameplay experience in order to win a number of valuables prizes.

"Through our partnership with 3DVIA, and the productivity of its 3DVIA Virtools software suite, we provide our customers with the ability to build real-time 3D experiences with superior graphics and complex interactivity,” said Michel Tombroff, Softkinetic’s CEO. "Showing at SIGGRAPH, the industry’s top computer graphics and interactive techniques convention, provides us with an opportunity to share our intuitive technology along with 3DVIA’s reality advancement in the hopes of inspiring the next generation of creative minds.”
In addition to this contest, virtual reality applications will be demonstrated in the booth and will allow visitors to immerse themselves in an interactive application thanks to a VR headset.  The Philips 42” WOW 3D Intelligent Display, a 42” autostereoscopic 3D display supported through the 3DVIA Virtools VR Library, will serve as the second screen on which those virtual reality applications will be displayed. This will allow conference goers to see the exciting out-of-screen true autostereoscopic effects of the screen.

“3DVIA Virtools did an excellent job to integrate support for the Philips WOW technology into their application development platform”, says Miranda van de Pol, director of sales for Philips 3D Solutions. “Highly advanced visual effects can be rendered with no compromise to performance and can be enjoyed without the need to wear special glasses. We look forward to seeing a new generation of immersive experiences on our 3D displays through 3DVIA Virtools integration.”

Visitors to the 3DVIA booth can see presentations from more 3DVIA technology partners including:

• Serious Game Design Institute at Santa Barbara City College: Jim Kiggens will be presenting on multiplayer e-learning and serious games with 3DVIA Virtools.

• INRIA: Stéphane Donikian will be discussing the integration of INRIA's Bunraku team softwares MKM (a real-time animation engine for synthetic humans) and Topoplan (a topological 3D path finder) with 3DVIA Virtools.

• Isart Digital: Gautier De Souza will be introducing 3DVIA Virtools and providing examples of prototypes.

Several sessions showcasing 3DVIA technologies and tools are also scheduled everyday on an hourly basis.

“We are excited to participate at SIGGRAPH along with our partners to not only demonstrate the latest technology advancements in 3D and virtual reality, but to also engage the community in a good-spirited competition with one of the most unique games ever created,” said Lynne Wilson, senior vice president and general manager, 3DVIA, Dassault Systèmes. “We challenge all conference attendees to come to our booth to compete for the top position on our 3DVIA leaderboard and to see the exciting and innovative applications that 3DVIA Virtools and our partners deliver today.”

The 3DVIA Virtools platform, along with 3DVIA MP, the company’s premium AAA video game application-production platform, will be showcased at the SIGGRAPH 2008 Conference. 3DVIA Virtools key clients include Fortune 2,000 companies such as Boeing, Procter & Gamble, Honeywell, Matsushita, France Telecom, PSA Peugeot Citroën, as well as major game studios such as Electronic Arts, Activision Nickelodeon, Disney Internet Group and Ubisoft.

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