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NVIDIA has introduced a new line of NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics products that offer top workstation performance and capabilities for professionals in manufacturing, engineering, medical, architectural, and media and entertainment companies.
Built on the efficient and fast processing power of the Kepler architecture, the new lineup includes:
- NVIDIA Quadro K4000. A high-end card that delivers blazing-fast performance for graphics-intensive applications. Has 3 GB of onboard memory, multi-monitor support and stereo capability in a single-slot configuration.
- NVIDIA Quadro K2000. A midrange card that offers outstanding performance with a broad range of professional applications. Comes with 2 GB of onboard memory to hold large models and multi-monitor support for enhanced desktop productivity.
- NVIDIA Quadro K2000D. A variant of the Quadro K2000, with native support for two dual-link DVI display connectors for interfacing with ultra-high-resolution medical imaging displays.
- NVIDIA Quadro K600. An entry-level card with great performance and certifications for leading professional applications. Equipped with 1 GB of onboard memory, comes in a low-profile design for maximum usage flexibility.
“NVIDIA Quadro with Kepler architecture offers no-compromise workflow acceleration for customers with exacting computing and graphics demands,” said Sandeep Gupte, NVIDIA’s senior director of the professional solutions group. “Kepler offers a future-safe GPU solution, whether professionals are integrating more realism and physics into their manufacturing designs or dealing with the complex demands of 4K workflows in broadcast and film.”
The new pricing for the new NVIDIA Quadro products are as follows: Quadro K4000, $ 1,269; Quadro K2000 and Quadro K2000D, $ 599; Quadro K600, $ 199. patents issued, allowed or filed, including ones covering ideas essential to modern computing. For more information, go to www.nvidia.com.
Just in time for Oscar weekend, the Disney archives have released a newly discovered sketch from 1938 short Mickey’s Toothache, part of an unfinished cartoon that was created to give the rodent star a more complete character. The sketch shows Mickey being chased by a dentist’s chair and archenemy Pete.
Artist Ferdinand Horvath has Mickey experience a psychedelic nightmare after he visits the dentist and takes in too much laughing gas. According to Disney Archives director Becky Cline, the overdose sends Mickey into a “nightmarish world inhabited by living teeth, dental floss, a psychotic dentist’s chair and a vengeful pair of dental pliers.”
Mickey’s then-nemesis Pete also makes an appearance, and Mickey is finally put on trial led by a judgmental wisdom tooth who accuses Mickey with tooth neglect.
The previously forgotten piece of artwork was discovered in the Walt Disney Archives, hidden in a folder lost for more than 74 years. It was unearthed just a few months ago.
“Mickey’s Toothache” is just one of several discoveries being planned as part of this year’s D23 Disney Fanniversary Celebration. The Horvath image will be included in a 90-minute presentation showcasing some of this year’s other major Disney anniversaries in 10 different U.S. cities (Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Orlando, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.).
Horvath played an important part in Mickey’s evolution in the early years of the studio. Born in 1891, Horvath spent time in a Russian concentration camp where he taught himself to draw before immigrating to America in 1921. He worked for the studio between 1934 and 1944, produced over 70 animated shorts and was also involved in the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
For more info about the Disney event, visit www.D23.com.
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Silicon Valley-based cinematic tools producer Reallusion has released a new media app designed to help users create animated talking characters from digital photos. CrazyTalk 7 allows animators to bring any face to life with its simple face-fitting guide, and use their own voices to puppet the actor’s performance in real-time. The release offers advanced auto animation and key editing functions that enable users to generate more natural, elaborate and life-like animations.
“In the past 10 years, we have devoted efforts to providing the most user-friendly and time-saving animation software available, with an affordable price for users ranging from beginners to pro level,” says Charles Chen, Realllusion’s CEO. “CrazyTalk7 has been carefully refined by automating animation principles that aim to boost production for media professionals and working artists, while at the same time reducing the learning curve for beginners, students and educators.”
Users can choose from various performance styles to set a unique personality to a character’s base movement. Then select a Talk mode to make the character speak audio with lip-syncs, and add emotions with the Auto Motion templates that are driven by the same audio track. They can also choose a Listen mode that turns your character into an attentive listener, or a headphone-jamming music lover that responds to the beat, complete with head, eyes and facial expressions.
CrazyTalk7 is available for Windows PC and Mac, in Standard version at $ 29.99 and inc and PRO version at $ 149.95.
For more info, visit www.reallusion.com.
If you missed LAIKA’s well-received stop-motion feature ParaNorman, you can enjoy it at home as Universal Home Ent. has released the DVD and Blu-ray edition. Directed by Chris Butler and Sam Fell, based on a script by Butler, the acclaimed movie centers on a young boy who can communicate with dead people and who saves his town from a zombie attack. Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jeff Garlin, Casey Affleck and Tempestt Bledsoe round up the voice cast list.
The two-disc combo pack (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and UltraViolet version) is priced at $ 34.98, but you can buy it for $ 22.99. The two-disc release features 186 minutes of material, including fantastic commentary from the directors, a nine-part special Peering through the Veil: Behind the Scenes of ParaNorman, a series of three Preliminary Animation Sequences (unrendered delete scenes) and a series of seven featurettes. The DVD disc of the film contains all the special features available on the Blu-ray as well.
Here’s the trailer:
More Than 200,000 Veterans Behind Bars; One in Five Current Conflict Veterans in VA Care Diagnosed With Substance Abuse Disorder
Report Calls for Alternatives to Incarceration; Increased Access to Overdose Prevention Programs and Medication-Assisted Therapy; and Medical Marijuana and MDMA for PTSD
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created new challenges in providing care for our returning veterans. Roughly 30 percent of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, depression, mental illness or other cognitive disability.
Left untreated, these medical conditions often contribute to substance misuse and addiction, fatal overdose, homelessness and suicide, as well as violations of the law, particularly nonviolent drug offenses. For these reasons, veterans are increasingly falling victim to the country’s longest war: the war on drugs.
The current generation of veterans joins the larger population of Vietnam-era veterans who have struggled with many of these same problems for decades. Research shows that the single greatest predictive factor for the incarceration of veterans is substance misuse and addiction.
Evidence also shows that preventable overdose is claiming an unacceptable number of current conflict veterans – nearly as many as suicides. Experts predict the number of veterans facing these severe problems will only increase as more veterans return from Iraq and Afghanistan, unless urgent policy changes recommended in the report are adopted.
“U.S. servicemen and women have been asked to bear an unthinkable burden in the past decade — and the military has prescribed them whatever drugs they need to keep fighting,” said Daniel Robelo, research coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance. “But it’s a different story when veterans come home.
“We arrest too many veterans for drug law violations and incarcerate them for too long, leaving them with criminal records that make it all but impossible to get a job, housing, education, and other services – often creating a vicious cycle of addiction and incarceration,” Robelo said. “We fail to take simple measures to prevent fatal overdoses, we deny proven treatments for addiction and dependence, and we allow the drug war to stand in the way of new and promising treatments for PTSD and other service-related conditions.”
The report includes new sections on promising research evaluating the medical safety and efficacy of marijuana and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in treating veterans suffering from PTSD, addiction and other mental health conditions. In particular, the report focuses on New Mexico, where earlier this week the state’s Medical Cannabis Program’s Medical Advisory Board unanimously recommended to the Acting Secretary of Health to keep PTSD as qualifying condition and to deny a petition to remove PTSD from the list of eligible medical conditions for enrollment in the program.
Today, more than 3,000 New Mexican residents with PTSD are actively enrolled in the state’s Medical Cannabis Program – and many of them are military veterans.
Recommendations for Improving Care of Returning U.S. Veterans:
• Changes in state and federal statutes to focus on providing community-based treatment instead of incarceration for veterans who commit nonviolent drug-related offenses – and on reaching veterans before they enter the criminal justice system.
• Adoption by government agencies of overdose prevention programs and policies targeting veterans who misuse substances or take prescription medications.
• Significantly expanded access for veterans to medication-assisted therapies such as methadone and buprenorphine to treat opioid dependence.
• Expansion of research and access to innovative treatments for PTSD and other psychological and physical wounds of war, including treatment modalities involving Schedule I substances such as MDMA and marijuana.
Key Facts: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Among U.S. Veterans
• Two and a half million men and women have served in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars.
• Approximately 50 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans receiving VA care have been diagnosed with PTSD or another mental health condition.
• Nineteen percent of current conflict veterans who have received VA care have been diagnosed with substance abuse or dependence.
• Seventy-five percent of Vietnam combat veterans with PTSD met criteria for substance abuse or dependence in a national study.
• Veterans do not qualify for substance abuse disability benefits unless they also have PTSD.
• Military personnel and combat veterans have higher rates of problematic substance use than their age peers in the general population.