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Nvidia has been the global tech leader for 30 years in manufacturing graphics processing units (GPUs) for gaming and other professional industries, along with system-on-a-chip units (SoCs). But in 2021, Nvidia entered the metaverse industry with its Omniverse Cloud. It serves as a platform for connecting 3D virtual worlds together. In addition, various industries use it for projects involving collaboration and the creation of “digital twins,” or models of real-world factories and buildings.
At Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2023, Nvidia announced new updates on Nvidia Omniverse.
1. Nvidia improves Isaac Sim’s simulation for intelligent robots
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Now available from the cloud, Isaac Sim is a robotics simulation application for creating and testing virtual robots in realistic settings under various operational situations. Built on Nvidia Omniverse, Isaac Sim’s new “people simulation” feature, human characters can be added to a warehouse or manufacturing scenario and given tasks like stacking packages or pushing carts.
Isaac Sim can now generate physically correct data from sensors in real-time thanks to Nvidia RTX technology. Ray tracing offers precise sensor data for an RTX-simulated lidar under varying lighting situations. Isaac Sim offers new 3D assets that are simulation-ready and essential for creating realistic simulations. Isaac Gym (for reinforcement learning) and Isaac Cortex (for collaborative robot programming) have been upgraded for robotics research. A new tool Isaac ORBIT is introduced, providing simulation operating environments and benchmarks for robot learning and motion planning.
2. Mercedes-Benz is using Nvidia Omniverse to build ‘digital first’ factories
Mercedes-Benz is planning to digitise production, using the Nvidia Omniverse platform to design and plan manufacturing and assembly facilities. The premium automaker can create feedback loops to reduce waste, decrease energy consumption and continuously enhance quality by combining AI and metaverse technologies.
Mercedes-Benz has been working with Nvidia to develop software-defined, intelligent vehicles with their DRIVE Orin technology. It will be tested in the Nvidia DRIVE Sim platform, built on Omniverse.
Nvidia also announced a partnership with Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn to build autonomous vehicle platforms
3. Nvidia Omniverse Avatar Cloud Engine (ACE) is now available for early access
The Nvidia Omniverse Avatar Cloud Engine (ACE), which is a set of cloud-native AI microservices to build and deploy interactive avatars (digital humans), and intelligent virtual assistants, is now available in early access. The conversational and animation AI microservices, such as the text-to-speech and 3D animation AI microservice, are accessible through the early-access programme in their prerelease forms.
The generative AI application Omniverse ACE creates avatars by providing the AI tech required to add intelligence and animation to any avatar, developed on essentially any engine and deployed on any cloud. These AI assistants may be created for businesses in various sectors, allowing them to improve current workflows and open up fresh income streams.