Issue: Volume 40 Issue 6: (Nov/Dec 2017)


Xsens Offers New Mocap Tech

Xsens has launched MVN Animate 2018, a disruptive software solution that takes a new approach to motion capture. Fundamentally different to past releases, MVN Animate 2018 is Xsens’ first motion-capture software release to solve several issues that have plagued inertial motion capture in the past — primarily, magnetic distortion. MVN Animate 2018 solves this issue, as it is immune to magnetic distortion thanks to a new mocap engine that extracts more information from the same data. This brings the benefits of all types of motion capture into one streamlined package.

HP Detachable PC Workstation

HP is offering the HP ZBook x2, the world’s first detachable workstation. It allows designers to effortlessly create with quad-core Intel Core processors, has twice the memory of any other detachable PC, and contains Nvidia Quadro Graphics. The HP ZBook x2 operates in four modes: laptop, detached, docked, and tablet. It is scheduled for availability in December starting at $1,749.

Multiple Displays Ups Productivity

Jon Peddie Research (JPR) has revealed that information workers, designers, and engineers can realize up to a 42% increase in productivity through the use of multiple displays, based on a survey of over 1,000 end users. 

In 2002, the average expectation of productivity improvement due to the use of multiple monitors was 46%. Productivity expectation in 2012 dropped a bit to 42%, and in JPR’s recent 2017 survey, it stayed the same at 42% average expected productivity.

Multiple displays give users a resolution multiplier: Users simply cannot get the same resolution on one big screen as they can with two displays or more. Two monitors are often less than the price of one large one and provide more resolution. Having one of the monitors in portrait mode adds to productivity by eliminating the need to scroll.

JPR’s studies have found that in some cases, productivity can be increased by 50% or more with multiple monitors. Realism and the details revealed with more display area not only improve understanding in a visualization, but also increase enjoyment.

Boxx Rollout

BOXX has introduced the new APEXX S3 computer workstation, featuring an overclocked, 8th generation, Intel Core i7 processor. Along with the immediate availability of the new Intel “Coffee Lake” processor, BOXX is unveiling the workstation in a next-generation chassis and introducing a new APEXX workstation nomenclature based upon the Intel scalable processor platform.

Lenovo’s New Offerings

Lenovo has announced three new workstations across its mobile and tower portfolio. The ThinkStation P520 and P520c are single-CPU mainstream tower workstations focused on ultimate scalability. Meanwhile, the new ThinkPad P52s is Lenovo’s thinnest and lightest quad-core mobile workstation ever.