MSC Software: the cost of simulation

MSC Software, which specialises in Virtual Product Development software and services, has released financial information which gives an interesting sidelight on product prices and usage. The companys forward sales estimates (or pipeline) include: USA: $126 million. Clients include: GE Aircraft, the US Navy, Northrop, Honeywell and the Canadian Space Agency Europe: $92 million. Clients include:…

Simulated babies

The Laerdal Medical Corporation produces simulated babies for medical training. Controlled by a PC, these models can simulate breathing, heartbeat, and pulse. Their bodies are realistic enough for injections to be made, and they can cry, cough, have spasms, etc. According to press reports, a simulated adult costs between $6,500 and $35,000, depending on options.…

How ethical are ethical simulations?

The UN World food programme has launched a free game intended to teach children aged 8 to 13 about food aid, and to “help us work towards a world without hunger”. It looks sensible and well-written and will be tested shortly by my in-house team of 8 to 13 year old games enthusiasts. There are…

US government grants fund simulation in pharmaceutical research

DSM, a Dutch company using fermentation and enzyme technology for the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries, has joined with Genomatica, Inc., “a computational systems biology company” focused on metabolism research, using Genomicas SimPheny(TM), modeling and simulation programme to jointly develop a metabolic model of “a proprietary production organism key to DSM.” According to Genomatica, “financial…

European influenza pandemic simulation planned

European Union readiness to cope with an influenza pandemic will be tested by a Europe-wide simulation exercise, according to Markos Kyprianou, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, in a speech at the Informal EU Health Ministerial Meeting on Cancer, HIV/AIDS and Influenza. A Community plan, adopted in March 2004, includes coordination of communications and…

Digital Twins and the Valuecosm

I strongly recommend Human Performance Enhancement in 2032: A Scenario for Military Planners, by John Smart. This scenario, written for the US army, makes several intriguing assumptions about the future, most of them highly relevant to simulation. In particular it looks at the future human-machine interface: what might our systems do for us? It makes…

Direct access to your brain via ultrasound?

According to FutureWire, Sony has fled a patent for a non-intrusive device which uses ultrasound to provide users with images, tastes and sounds. The patent claims it could help blind or deaf people: it could also have uses in simulation. However Sony have said that they have not yet done any research and this is…