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TEDxMaastricht-2012

TEDxMaastricht made it onto TED.com

Helping organize the first edition of TEDxMaastricht was really inspiring in itself but the fact remains that it is all about the speakers who have a story worth sharing. I am proud to mention that some of the videos that were shot at our event in Maastricht have made it onto www.ted.com. Look at E-Patent Dave’s emotional story about why it is important to have access to our own medical data. And then take a roller coaster ride with Daniel Kraft of the Singularity University through the future of medical technology.

Also do not forget to watch the videos of our other excellent speakers on tedxmaastricht.com and be sure that the upcoming 2012 edition of TEDxMaastricht will be at least as inspiring as this year’s. Please mark April 2nd, 2012 on your calendar and we hope to see you then.


VTI-SimIV

Motion System Tuning of the VTI Driving Simulator IV

Vectioneer was hired to perform motion system tuning of the VTI Driving Simulator IV in Gothenburg, Sweden. Sim IV is the latest of VTI’s driving simulators and one of the most advanced in the world. It features an exchangeable cabin design for truck or passenger car cabins, a large Motion System from Bosch Rexroth which can generate realistic motion cues to the driver, a nine channel visual system with a cylindrical screen, VTI’s in-house developed image generator, sound system with a subwoofer capable of simulating vibrations, vehicle dynamics models and traffic simulation. VTI developed the simulator in-house with its industry partners.

The simulator is used for research into vehicle systems, such as trucks or cars. Currently is setup for truck simulation and will be used to perform experiments with driver assistance systems.

Vectioneer was hired to tune the motion system of the simulator to maximum performance and perform the final acceptance testing with VTI. Also Vectioneer assisted VTI with the Motion Cueing algorithms and trained the VTI researchers in the use of Rexroth’s Motion Cueing software.

Here are some interesting links about the VTI Driving Sim IV, some of which are only available in Swedish (but the images and videos are worthwhile):


TEDxMaastricht-Banner

Don’t miss TEDxMaastricht

As part of the organizing team of TEDxMaastricht Vectioneer contributes to this inspiring event.

TEDxMaastricht is a day-long event and experience that is all about inspiration. The theme for the event is “Nurses and Nerds”, which means that we try to bring together all possible angles to the Healthcare challanges of today. Not in the last place, the patient him/herself will need to be actively involved in the solution of his/her health issue and quality of life in general. The questions we are asking at TEDxMaastricht are “Why do we need to do this?”, “What needs to be done?”, “How do we do that?” and “Who will contribute to the solution?”.

To help us answer these questions we have invited some of the worlds best speakers and inspirationalists and we have invited our guests from different backgrounds. Check out the TEDxMaastricht website to apply for an invitation or view the live video.

Let yourself be inspired to inspire others!

Philippe Piatkiewitz


Motion Cueing Tuning of the Tongji Driving Simulator

Motion Cueing Tuning of the Tongji Driving Simulator

Vectioneer provided its services during the Motion Cueing Tuning of the Tongji University advanced Driving Simulator in Shanghai, China. The simulator is one of the largest full motion driving simulators in the world and the first of its kind to be in use in China. The simulator has been designed and built by french company Oktal, who have already delivered a number of similar Driving simulators in Europe (Renault, Peugeot-Citroen, CTAG). The unique high performance Motion System has been designed and built by Bosch Rexroth in The Netherlands.

The Tongji University High Performance Driving Simulator

This simulator will be used by Tongji University to conduct research into automotive systems and especially into man-machine interaction. Using this simulator the University will have the capability to generate different driving scenarios using Oktal’s SCANeR software and evaluate human performance in the simulated environment. For instance it is possible to test driver assistance systems such as adaptive cruise control before even a prototype of such a system is built.

Vectioneer was contracted to perform initial tuning of the Motion Cueing Algorithms for the Simulator. Motion Cueing Algorithms provide the translation between the motion of the real vehicle and the motion of the simulator. In a simulator this translation is always necessary because of the limited workspace of a simulator; a simulator just cannot move you over the same distance as a real vehicle would because it has to stay in the building. This provides a challenge, since for the driver to me fully immersed in the simulation his/her perception of motion in the simulator should be the same as in the real vehicle (or at least as close as possible). The many parameters of the Motion Cueing Algorithm require tuning to the specific properties of the simulated vehicle, the simulated scenarios and the properties of the simulator hardware itself.

Philippe is tuning the Motion Cueing Algorithms with David Charondière (Oktal) in the car

The Motion System of the Tongji Driving Simulator consists of a standard Hexapod with a payload capability of 2500kg and an additional X/Y motion system to extend the range of longitudinal (X) and lateral (Y) motion capabilities. These additional motion capabilities are a huge plus for a driving simulator, since this means that longitudinal and lateral accelerations which are so important in car handling qualities can be simulated much better than with just a Hexapod motion system. The additional stroke that the X/Y system provides is 20 meters in X and 5 meters in Y.

The Tongji University High Performance Driving Simulator as seen from the control room

The Tongji Driving Simulator is now in the final stage of commissioning. It will be available for the Tongji University staff very soon.


Development of profitable systems for carbon-neutral households

Vectioneer acquired contract for development of profitable systems for carbon-neutral houses

Today Vectioneer acquired a contract for the development of systems for carbon-neutral upgrade packages for houses in The Netherlands. With this order Vectioneer will apply knowledge of systems engineering, IT and business development to the renewable energy market.

The goal is to provide the customer with the tools to be able to establish a profitable business model for the renewable energy market  for households in the Netherlands and beyond. The approach is revolutionary and the stakes are extremely high. We are working with an inspired team of young engineers and business professionals to make this feasible.


Added a technology page on Serious Games

Check out our new technology page on Serious Games, one of the field of expertise of Vectioneer.


Vectioneer on Vimeo

Vectioneer now has a video channel on Vimeo

Check out the Vectioneer video channel on Vimeo.
The video channel shows videos of our development projects.


Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn

You can now follow us on Twitter (@vectioneer) and LinkedIn.
Use the little icons on the lower right corner of our website to navigate to our Web 2.0 profiles.


About the Vectioneer Website

The Vectioneer logo and corporate identity was developed in cooperation with our partner Studio-n who provided professional design work and in our view captured the essence of Vectioneer in a clean, technical and dynamic design.

The Vectioneer website runs on and is developed with 100% open-source software. The website backend is WordPress 3.0, 2D vector graphics are designed using Inkscape, 3D graphics and animation are designed using Blender, images are edited using The Gimp and our website runs on Ubuntu Linux. Flash animations are created with ffmpeg.

Blender 2.53 in action

The photos on this site are shot by Philippe using his Nikon D70.