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VT MAK Announces Launch of DI-Guy 13

DI-Guy 13 adds new content and capabilities, continuing the tradition of making realistic human characters for multiple visual systems

Cambridge, Mass., August 26, 2014 – VT MAK (MAK), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the launch of DI-Guy 13, the first major release of DI-Guy as part of the MAK product family. This release features more realistic character models and scenario content, as well as major performance and ease-of-use improvements.

One of MAK’s key initiatives has been to drastically increase the amount of quality content available to users. DI-Guy 13 adds hundreds of new high-quality simulation characters, including a wider variety of casual males, children, EMTs, civilian police, military and civilian aviation personnel, and more types of soldiers in service uniforms. Users will also have an extensive number of prop and non-human models, including new planes, buses, cars, and emergency vehicles, as well as a wide selection of chairs, desks, and other civilian objects found in villages or towns. 

DI-Guy 13 introduces many new capabilities that make the software easier to use and configure. These include:

  • Streamlined Entity Configuration: It is now easy to apply any hand held device, like a phone, a weapon, or water bottle to any character. Previously, each character had a separate configuration for each item that could be placed in their hands. Users can now find their character of choice and have it hold anything.
  • Instancing: DI-Guy 13 makes it easy to build scenes including the many new characters while still experiencing good performance by introducing instanced characters. With instancing, the graphics card can draw all similar character types in a single draw call that was previously required for every individual character.  
  • Real-Time Inverse Kinematics (IK): Real-Time IK dynamically modifies a character’s animation to adapt to changes in the terrain. 
  • Animation Blend Tree System: New to DI-Guy 13, this system enables DI-Guy to generate new motions from existing animations in real time. The ability to seamlessly blend similar animations allows DI-Guy to generate new omni-direction locomotion actions.
  • Easier Animation Creation and Editing: Users can now import and export animations directly to the Collada format, where standard tools can then be used to modify or build new animations. 
  • Better Interoperability: DI-Guy 13 introduces support for HLA Evolved. The DI-Guy FOM extensions can now be used with a custom DI-Guy FOM Module. This will make it much easier to integrate DI-Guy scenario into a HLA Evolved Federation.

“DI-Guy 13 continues a long tradition of providing cutting edge visualization for simulated human activity. This release cements MAK’s commitment to providing state of the art content for our customer’s diverse simulation environments.”
~ Jim KOGLER
Director of COTS Products, VT MAK

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VT MAK develops software for distributed simulation. Leveraging a strong foundation of COTS software products, MAK works with customers to build and populate compelling 3D simulated environments. Our primary users are in the aerospace, defense, and transportation industries, yet our products and services can help customers anywhere modeling and simulation is needed to train, plan, analyze, experiment, prototype, and demonstrate. MAK is dedicated to serving our customers by building flexible products, offering superior technical support, and innovating new ways to build, populate and view interoperable 3D simulated worlds. MAK continues to take advantage of new technologies that further the state of simulation. Our products help users link, simulate and visualize their world. VT MAK is a company of VT Systems. Please visit www.mak.com for more information.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors.  VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

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