Trying it, liking it, but not telling us, is like not trying it
Autodesk Labs is all about feedback. We take technologies from our various divisions and share them via the Autodesk Labs web site. You can see a comprehensive list of the active and past technology previews to the left.
Feedback determines what happens next. Your voice matters.
Sometimes technology previews end and the technology dies an early death. Years ago we stopped work on visual search. The technology has advanced since then, and it may actually make a come back down the road.
Sometimes technology previews end, and the technology graduates immediately into some other form. For example Project Storm is now Structural Analysis for Autodesk Revit as part of our Autodesk 360 services for Subscription users.
Sometimes technology previews end, and we are on the fence as to what to do next. Do we incorporate the feedback and conduct another technology preview? Or do we move on to something else? A goal of the Autodesk Labs process is that we not waste company time and money on technologies that customers have no interest in. As such, the number of downloads, site visits, email messages, forum posts, blog comments, and social media interactions plays into how we decide on our subsequent actions.
Given this three possible outcome approach, you can see how your feedback is key. If you try something and hate it, please let us know. You seem to find that easy to do. :-) If you try something and love it, please let us know that too. Sometimes you have been disappointed when technology previews expire, yet you have neglected to tell us that you find the technology useful. It's also important to keep those expiration dates in mind when starting to evaluate a technology preview. Believe me when I say, your experience shapes the future of our technology.