Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Driving around AutoDesk in 3-D w/out Glasses

Autodesk Gallery at One Market
1 Market St, Suite 200
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 356-0700

So lounging around the house watching the news one afternoon, I caught a news story about a company called Autodesk, a San Francisco based company that recently created a virtual driving simulator that was open to the public. I recall hearing that the driving simulator was to recreate an existing south access road to the Golden Gate Bridge, also known as route 101, and redesign this Doyle Drive:

To this envisioned Doyle Drive:

So anyway, I went to their gallery on the second floor, which I was required to sign in just for security purposes. Now I was allowed to take pictures of anything, but the only thing that I was not suppose to take a picture of was a Tesla car that was displayed in
the room. They didn't give a good explanation why, the desk lady said there was a sign that said to not take pictures of the Tesla car. So I took many other cool pictures of the place with my cool camera phone:

[It's a 3-D television, but you don't need special glasses to see the 3-D images. The technology is sort of ideally similar to the Nintendo's 3DS, but it's subpixel rendering is unique that it gives the viewer's eyes that 3-D image.]

[Colorful strands of crayons organized in hexagons, clustered in a circular tube, which are used as strings used in the new Bay Bridge. Love the choice of colors and design of the structure.]

[This is the car simulator that anyone can drive where you drive San Francisco's newest gateway to the Golden Gate Bridge. You can't drive all around SF though and when you crash, you have to restart.]
[And what the simulator looks like when it's active.]
[Patents. These are some of the patents probably created by people who worked in Autodesk or patents known to use AutoCAD, which can be used for drafting.]

I heard people speaking all sorts of languages from people in the lobby, realizing that the company has international recognition, only to realize that it's mostly famous for its software like AutoCAD, which is almost like the rich man's version of Google SketchUp. Luckily, college students can actually download many of the Autodesk software for free if you register your student email to their website and you'll be able to digitally download their catalog, but not order a CD, which sounds reasonable.

My experience with exploring the gallery was something more amazing, due to the fact that the employees were very relaxed and took their work serious at the same time, which I feel every work environment should be when everyone is working in a multinational corporation.

And if you wanna see the rest of the photos I took, please check out my gallery of pics including 3D printed models and structures and Legos.

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