With Lego Fusion, the toy giant for the first time is mixing its plastic bricks with the virtual world. Think of it as multidimensional SimCity, for kids.
A Japanese creative agency applies "cutting-edge" technology to chunks of ice to create multidimensional mini sculptures best enjoyed over -- or in -- a cocktail.
An Ohio company accuses the software giant and several game makers of violating its patents related to tracking and assessing movement in multidimensional space.
Pixar fans rejoice: Southern California's Disneyland has opened the doors to its new Toy Story-themed ride. CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi travels to the "happiest place on earth" for a look at the technology behind the multidimensional experience and why diehard fans are willing to spend the better part of a day waiting in line to ride it.
Business Objects is integrating its data analysis tool with multidimensional databases including Arbor Essbase 5.0, IBM DB2 OLAP Server 1.0, Informix MetaCube 4.0, and Oracle Express Server 6.1. The integration is meant to let users analyze data from a number of sources with a single tool. It is available now. A version for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 is to be available later this year for beta test.
Cognos is updating its online analytical processing tools. The company has released PowerPlay Server Web Edition 6.0, a new version of its multidimensional analysis server, and Impromptu Web Query version 2.11, a revamped version of its Web browser-based analysis tool. PowerPlay server is shipping now, priced from $225 per user, based on 1,000 users, on HP-UX, Solaris, AIX, and Windows NT. Impromptu Web Query also costs $225 per user, and will be available later this month.
The company says it has added Teradata OLAP Services to the database, so that users can perform multidimensional analysis on data to spot trends and patterns.
Cognos announced Distributed Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) as the architecture to deploy multidimensional analysis capabilities. OLAP lets users analyze shared corporate data organized multidimensionally, in contrast to the two dimensions of simple spreadsheets, according to the company.
Arbor Software announced that Essbase, its multidimensional database, will be available on Digital Equipment's AlphaServer NT system. AlphaServer extends the range of hardware platforms for Essbase by adding a high-performance system ideal for large-scale online analytical processing (OLAP) applications.
QSound Labs, IBM, and Acer America have formed a working relationship that will result in over a million PCs that use Qsound's 3D audio. Qsound's 3D audio is a multidimensional sound placement technology that creates an audio with depth and clarity, according to the company. The 3D audio will be incorporated into PCs via IBM's MWave platform beginning in the first quarter of 1997 and continuing into 1998.