|By PR Newswire||
|January 8, 2014 03:30 PM EST||
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Hydra Design Labs, a full service independent automotive design studio in Southern California that provides car design , engineering, and fabrication, has just announced the launch of a second related company called Hydra101. The timing for this announcement could not be better; the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is coming up soon, which promises to spur even more interest in vehicle design.
As Jon Hull, president of Hydra Design Labs explained, Hydra101 is an online automotive design store and car design school that is the first of its kind. Created to target automotive designers, including both professionals and students, Hydra 101 will utilize the skills of its own design team to bring software and car design tutorials about automotive design to one convenient and user-friendly location.
One of the things that will make Hydra101 unique is that each car design tutorial that is available on the site will be created by professional car designers with 10 to 19 years of experience in the industry. The site will feature two types of free tutorials: "quic-pic," which includes step-by-step images that provide quick tips or tricks; and short video tutorials that explain various aspects of design, sketching, 3D modeling and other topics. Hydra101 will also sell full-length video tutorials that focus on larger projects.
The software side of Hydra101 will feature the company's own software, as well as HDRI images, 3D models and other items that are useful to car designers.
Hydra101 is developing a line of photoshop plugins that are made specifically for automotive designers; as Hull noted, this is the first time a company has offered this type of product. The first plugin that is available is called Hydra HDRI Pro. This groundbreaking and innovative HDRI software will allow users to create a specific type of image that currently can only be made with equipment that costs upwards of tens of thousands of dollars.
"The plugin creates what is called a spherical HDRI image; this image is used inside a 3D rendering program such as KeyShot to illuminate a 3D model using the high dynamic range of the spherical image," Hull said, adding that the 3D rendering uses this image to calculate the direction of light and shadows to create a realistic rendering that looks very photographic.
"With our plugin anyone with an iPhone or Android and a copy of photoshop can create unlimited numbers of their own HDRI images."
The Hydra HDRI Pro plugin will take a normal 8-bit image and transform it into a 32-bit image, Hull explained, simulating the same exposures of a typical 32-bit HDRI image. People can use an app called 360 Panorama from Occipital, which allows people to take a spherical 8-bit image on their phone, and then use the image along with the plugin to create the 32-bit HDRI.
"This plugin has completely revolutionized the way we approach our workflow at Hydra," Hull said.
"We have begun compiling a vast library of spherical images wherever we go. It's really liberating to not have to carry around bulky high end camera equipment, wherever you are just grab your iPhone and snap a few pics, then go back to the studio and create an HDRI image for one of your renderings."
Even though the Hydra HDRI Pro has not been available for that long, it is already receiving rave reviews from users.
"This is a well thought out and much needed plugin, so useful, easy to use and the resulting light from the original 8-bit image is spot on," said Josh Mings, from Luxion Inc., the company that produces KeyShot.
About Hydra Design Labs and Hydra101:
Hydra Design Labs is an Automotive Design Studio in southern California. They are launching a new company called Hydra101 that will be an automotive design store and learning annex targeting both professional and student car designers. For more information, please visit http://www.hydra101.com/
Media Contact: Jon Hull, Hydra101, 949-682-5841, [email protected]
News distributed by PR Newswire iReach: https://ireach.prnewswire.com
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm.
Mar. 26, 2017 12:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,830
Information technology (IT) advances are transforming the way we innovate in business, thereby disrupting the old guard and their predictable status-quo. It’s creating global market turbulence. Industries are converging, and new opportunities and threats are emerging, like never before. So, how are savvy chief information officers (CIOs) leading this transition? Back in 2015, the IBM Institute for Business Value conducted a market study that included the findings from over 1,800 CIO interviews ...
Mar. 26, 2017 12:30 AM EDT Reads: 5,148
Virtualization over the past years has become a key strategy for IT to acquire multi-tenancy, increase utilization, develop elasticity and improve security. And virtual machines (VMs) are quickly becoming a main vehicle for developing and deploying applications. The introduction of containers seems to be bringing another and perhaps overlapped solution for achieving the same above-mentioned benefits. Are a container and a virtual machine fundamentally the same or different? And how? Is one techn...
Mar. 26, 2017 12:30 AM EDT Reads: 2,870
What sort of WebRTC based applications can we expect to see over the next year and beyond? One way to predict development trends is to see what sorts of applications startups are building. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Arin Sime, founder of WebRTC.ventures, will discuss the current and likely future trends in WebRTC application development based on real requests for custom applications from real customers, as well as other public sources of information,
Mar. 26, 2017 12:15 AM EDT Reads: 709
Keeping pace with advancements in software delivery processes and tooling is taxing even for the most proficient organizations. Point tools, platforms, open source and the increasing adoption of private and public cloud services requires strong engineering rigor - all in the face of developer demands to use the tools of choice. As Agile has settled in as a mainstream practice, now DevOps has emerged as the next wave to improve software delivery speed and output. To make DevOps work, organization...
Mar. 26, 2017 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,689
As businesses adopt functionalities in cloud computing, it’s imperative that IT operations consistently ensure cloud systems work correctly – all of the time, and to their best capabilities. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Bernd Harzog, CEO and founder of OpsDataStore, will present an industry answer to the common question, “Are you running IT operations as efficiently and as cost effectively as you need to?” He will expound on the industry issues he frequently came up against as an analyst, and...
Mar. 26, 2017 12:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,103
ChatOps is an emerging topic that has led to the wide availability of integrations between group chat and various other tools/platforms. Currently, HipChat is an extremely powerful collaboration platform due to the various ChatOps integrations that are available. However, DevOps automation can involve orchestration and complex workflows. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Himanshu Chhetri, CTO at Addteq, will cover practical examples and use cases such as self-provisioning infra...
Mar. 25, 2017 11:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,912
The financial services market is one of the most data-driven industries in the world, yet it’s bogged down by legacy CPU technologies that simply can’t keep up with the task of querying and visualizing billions of records. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Jared Parker, Director of Financial Services at Kinetica, will discuss how the advent of advanced in-database analytics on the GPU makes it possible to run sophisticated data science workloads on the same database that is housing the rich inf...
Mar. 25, 2017 10:45 PM EDT Reads: 3,615
For organizations that have amassed large sums of software complexity, taking a microservices approach is the first step toward DevOps and continuous improvement / development. Integrating system-level analysis with microservices makes it easier to change and add functionality to applications at any time without the increase of risk. Before you start big transformation projects or a cloud migration, make sure these changes won’t take down your entire organization.
Mar. 25, 2017 09:45 PM EDT Reads: 3,556
My team embarked on building a data lake for our sales and marketing data to better understand customer journeys. This required building a hybrid data pipeline to connect our cloud CRM with the new Hadoop Data Lake. One challenge is that IT was not in a position to provide support until we proved value and marketing did not have the experience, so we embarked on the journey ourselves within the product marketing team for our line of business within Progress. In his session at @BigDataExpo, Sum...
Mar. 25, 2017 08:45 PM EDT Reads: 2,759
Apache Hadoop is emerging as a distributed platform for handling large and fast incoming streams of data. Predictive maintenance, supply chain optimization, and Internet-of-Things analysis are examples where Hadoop provides the scalable storage, processing, and analytics platform to gain meaningful insights from granular data that is typically only valuable from a large-scale, aggregate view. One architecture useful for capturing and analyzing streaming data is the Lambda Architecture, represent...
Mar. 25, 2017 08:45 PM EDT Reads: 5,972
Things are changing so quickly in IoT that it would take a wizard to predict which ecosystem will gain the most traction. In order for IoT to reach its potential, smart devices must be able to work together. Today, there are a slew of interoperability standards being promoted by big names to make this happen: HomeKit, Brillo and Alljoyn. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Adam Justice, vice president and general manager of Grid Connect, will review what happens when smart devices don’t work togethe...
Mar. 25, 2017 06:15 PM EDT Reads: 2,562
SYS-CON Events announced today that Ocean9will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Ocean9 provides cloud services for Backup, Disaster Recovery (DRaaS) and instant Innovation, and redefines enterprise infrastructure with its cloud native subscription offerings for mission critical SAP workloads.
Mar. 25, 2017 05:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,935
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Eric Lachapelle, CEO of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), will provide an overview of various initiatives to certifiy the security of connected devices and future trends in ensuring public trust of IoT. Eric Lachapelle is the Chief Executive Officer of the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB), an international certification body. His role is to help companies and individuals to achieve professional, accredited and worldw...
Mar. 25, 2017 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 510
Adding public cloud resources to an existing application can be a daunting process. The tools that you currently use to manage the software and hardware outside the cloud aren’t always the best tools to efficiently grow into the cloud. All of the major configuration management tools have cloud orchestration plugins that can be leveraged, but there are also cloud-native tools that can dramatically improve the efficiency of managing your application lifecycle.
Mar. 25, 2017 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,831