Autodesk acquire REALVIZ and Kynogon


Some interesting news from Autodesk who have two more acquisitions under their belt. Some of you more knowledgable 3D modellers may be aware of Realviz. They're pretty well known for their tools that create 3D objects from photo imagery, amongst other things. Pretty clever stuff. Speaking of clever, Kynogon, copany behing the Kynapse artificial intelligence middleware solution that's being used in Alone in the Dark 5, Crackdown, Fable 2, has also been snapped up by Autodesk. You can read the press releases on the acquisitions below...

(Press Release)
Autodesk Acquires Assets of REALVIZ, Developer of Image-Based Content Creation Software
Extends Autodesk's Leadership in 2D and 3D Design Innovation

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., May 7, 2008 - Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of REALVIZ S.A., the privately held developer of image-based content creation software. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

REALVIZ was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Sophia Antipolis, France. REALVIZ's technology provides efficient ways to generate 3D content and visual effects from photo imaging and 2D environments. Its products are used for panoramic photography, image-based modelling, match moving and optical motion capture. REALVIZ's flagship products are Stitcher software for the creation of panoramas and 360° virtual tours, and ImageModeler software to produce 3D models from photographs.

"REALVIZ's technology bridges 2D and 3D, linking the virtual and real worlds. 3D models can be created from simple 2D images, and virtual environments can be built from conventional photographs," said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Autodesk Platform Solutions and Emerging Business. "REALVIZ's technology is complementary to Autodesk's modelling, visual effects and animation products. It will enable us to increase the use of 3D technology across many industries, including architecture, film, broadcast and game development."

REALVIZ's clients include Boeing, NASA, Daimler Chrysler, Cinesite, Framestore CFC, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Warner Brothers Animation, Electronic Arts and Activision. REALVIZ technology has been used to create visual effects for Zodiac, The Host, Children of Men, Superman Returns, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and many other blockbuster films.

(Press Release)
Autodesk Completes Acquisition of Kynogon SA
Grows Autodesk's Videogame Middleware and Simulation Offering

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., May 7, 2008 - Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Kynogon SA, the privately held maker of Kynapse artificial intelligence middleware. Autodesk announced its intent to acquire Paris-based Kynogon on February 19, 2008. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Kynapse has been used to develop more than 65 AAA game titles, including Alone in the Dark 5, Crackdown, Fable 2 and The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. Kynapse gives characters spatial awareness, enabling them to realistically navigate digital environments. As well, Kynapse is widely used in simulation industries.

"The acquisition of Kynogon extends Autodesk's leadership in game development and simulation technology. We welcome Kynogon's customers, partners, and employees to Autodesk," said Marc Petit, Autodesk Media & Entertainment senior vice president. "The future of video games is about more believable characters and environments. Due to the increasing complexity of video games, developers are adopting commercial middleware solutions such as Kynapse and Autodesk HumanIK to improve game play and to stay on time and on budget."

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