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Nvidia Inception is a free program designed to help startups grow faster through technology, discounts, and access to experts. At the Nvidia GTC conference, several Digital Twins startups explained how the combined program with the Omniverse platform accelerated their product and marketing development.
The core of Nvidia’s Inception program provides access to appropriate technical expertise, preferred pricing and cloud credits within Nvidia, introduction and marketing support for venture capital firms. One thing to note at GTC was the different ways the companies were translating digital twins into new business models.
BlackShark is building a high-fidelity replica of Earth for gaming and enterprise customers. Rios.AI uses digital twins to improve the design and programmability of Robot-as-a-Service offerings. Radical is developing tools to translate consumer-grade video into the 3D digital twin of people.
Blackhawk goes global with digital twin
Blackshark started out as a gaming studio in Austria and partnered with Microsoft to build the 3D worlds used in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. He raised $20 million a year later and became an Inception partner. The company has developed an AI pipeline to analyze fresh satellite and drone footage to generate an updated digital twin of the entire planet in about 72 hours.
A key innovation is a patented data-labeling process that helps identify more than 1.4 billion unique structures from imagery and align these into the final 3D digital twin. This innovation has accelerated the labeling process by 10-100 times, depending on the type of data.
Gastao de Figueredo, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at BlackShark, said the Inception team has done a great job building a community of potential customers. This week, he got an email from another Omniverse customer, hoping to improve on real-world simulations for drone deployment. The Omniverse platform also helps reduce friction with new customers thanks to its ecosystem of USD plugins.
Rios.AI Uses Digital Twins to Collaborate with Customers
Rios.AI accelerates the deployment of robots for common use cases such as packing boxes and helps align funding with use rather than capital expenditure. RIOs uses Digital Twins to implement and collaborate with customers on streamlining programming and tests.
Rios.ai co-founder and CTO Clinton Smith said the initial value of the Inception program was a discount. The company deploys GPUs in each robot platform to keep latency down, leading to significant hardware costs. They also take advantage of cloud credits to cut their training costs.
Radical has developed a scalable human motion tracking platform that can convert 2D video into 3D animation of movement. Its latest implementation can map the live video feeds of multiple participants into a shared metaverse in near real time.
Radical CEO Gavan Graveson said they are always examining options to optimize the performance of their algorithms to improve the user experience and reduce the cost of cloud processing. He said the technical support he received as part of the Inception program was fantastic and helped him get his new service into production quickly.
Omniverse also helped Radical improve the versatility of its service across large content studios, broadcasters, small teams and prosumer enthusiasts. Transferring 3D geometry across different devices has been an age-old challenge for 3D applications. “Omniverse is a powerful platform to provide seamless acceleration and eventual democratization of the 3D content creation process,” Gravesen said.
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