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Tidbits: Spatial, Unity and DAZ news

Mac CAD and 3D News: In today’s tidbits we have some interesting news about DAZ’s merger with Gizmoz and their focus on 3D avatars, plus good news on Unity 3 and Spatial’s improving partner programs.

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DAZ 3D-Gizmoz

DAZ 3D and Gizmoz have merged companies recently and are now bringing together DAZ’s 3D technology and Gizmoz’s leading face recognition technology to create the industry’s best personal avatar platform. DAZ 3D has been the software house for DAZ Studio, Bryce, Carrara and Hexagon.

DAZ 3D and Gizmoz join forces to create ultimate personal avatar platform.

With Gizmoz’s photo-realistic head reconstruction technology the two companies can better serve the virtual goods market which is expected to be in the $3 billion dollar range by the end of 2010. To learn more visit them online and read the full press release here.

Unity releases Third Generation of Powerful Game Platform

Unity Technologies has released Unity 3.0, the next generation of its market-leading Unity development platform for 3D interactive content on multiple platforms, including Web, PC, Mac, Wii and iPhone. The company will showcase its latest wares at Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week. (GDC takes place March 9-13, 2010).

Unity and iPad, et al

Unity will be expanding its target platforms for Apple’s new iPad as well as Google Android and Sony Playstation 3. With XBox 360 support announced last year the company’s mantra “Author Once, Deploy Anywhere” vision now includes all major consoles and two of the fastest growing platforms in the mobile space.

Unity 3 with full pixel shaders on iPhone 3GS. The Apple iPhone is fast emerging as the leading most technologically advanced mobile gaming platform in the world.

“Since our first version in 2005, Unity Technologies has been focused on the democratization of interactive 3D and delivering an impressive list of technological advances making it the technology of choice for more than 100,000 developers today,” said David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies. For more info.

Spatial Launches Industry Partner Program

Spatial has launched an industry partner program aimed at supporting third-party developers who integrate its Spatial 3D modeling components into their program. Some key customers Architosh readers may recognize include Lightwork Design and T-Splines, Inc.

The program is aimed at bolstering the Spatial community of developers enabling them to understand the technology needs of third-party developers and improving cooperation. An example case is the use of both Spatial technologies with Lightworks. To read the full story go here.