Category: 3D/Interactive Volumetric Space

3D PRINTING GOES PRIME TIME AS STAPLES TO OFFER “EASY 3D” SERVICE

Excited about the potential of 3D printing but not quite ready to invest in a printer for your home? Then you are just the market that Staples is looking to woo as it moves into the 3D printing space.

Read the complete article at Singularity Hub.

Kinect component maker to launch compact 3D sensor to fit in smartphones

PrimeSense, which developed the 3D sensing technology used in Microsoft’s Kinect, is set to unveil a compact 3D sensor that can fit into a variety of consumer electronic devices.

Apple’s control through patents over many elements of touch-based user interfaces discourages competitors from innovating in this area, Malik Saadi, principal analyst with Informa Telecoms & Media, said Wednesday. Many vendors are looking into alternatives, like touch-free gesture recognition that can be facilitated by 3D sensors, he said.

For example, Samsung is looking at gesture recognition and will probably be deploying it next year or soon after, Saadi said.

Voice and gesture recognition are key to the future of smartphones, Saadi said. The combination of touch with voice and gesture recognition will very likely lead to a superior user experience and innovative application development, he said.

Read the complete article at PC World.

How To Shoot In 3D With Fashion Photographer Matjaz Tancic

Matjaz Tancic is an established Slovenian fashion photographer, who’s lately been experimenting with shooting in 3D (much like Creator Sebastian Denz). After working in Europe for many years, Tancic’s currently based in Beijing, where he captures China’s historical spirit, the transient city landscape, and the daring new architectural designs in highly-polished fashion shoots. His ongoing 3D photography series titled “Mimicry” consists of large format, exhibition-worthy pictures that explore the idea of subjects blending with nature in unfamiliar, cold surroundings.

Read the complete article at The Creators Project.

Prosthetic Knowledge Picks: The 3D GIF

A collection of examples from the Prosthetic Knowledge Tumblr archive and around the web on experiments which take the familiar animated GIF format and take it out of its 2D origins.

This has been a good year for the Animated GIF— not only has it reached its 25th birthday, it has also become America’s word of the year according to Oxford Dictionaries USA. It has been one of the internet’s most creative canvases since it’s availability, whether it has been employed in early homegrown HTML pages, to communities such as B3ta, YTMND, 4Chan and others. From it’s continued popularity, some creatives have explored ways to take the animated GIF into new contexts. Here are a few examples:

GIFPumper

Read the complete article at Rhizome.

A New Chip to Bring 3-D Gesture Control to Smartphones

The clickwheel of the first iPod worked by measuring electric field disturbances in one dimension. The first iPhone touch screen functioned similarly, but in two dimensions.

This week, Microchip Technology, a large U.S. semiconductor manufacturer, says it is releasing the first controller that uses electrical fields to make 3-D measurements.

The low-power chip makes it possible to interact with mobile devices and a host of other consumer electronics using hand gesture recognition, which today is usually accomplished with camera-based sensors. A key limitation is that it only recognizes motions, such as a hand flick or circular movement, within a six-inch range.

“That’s the biggest drawback,” says University of Washington computing interface researcher Sidhant Gupta. “But I think, still, it’s a pretty big win, especially when compared to a camera system. It’s low-cost and low-power. I can completely see it going into phones.”

Gesture recognition technology has advanced in recent years with efforts to create more-natural user interfaces that go beyond touch screens, keyboards, and mouses (see “What Comes After the Touchscreen?”). Microsoft’s Kinect made 3-D gesture recognition popular for game consoles, for example. But while creative uses of the Kinect have proliferated, the concept hasn’t become mainstream in desktops, laptops, or mobile devices quite yet.

Read the complete article at Technology Review.

‘Jurassic Park 3D’ Trailer Will Leave You Feeling Rapturous

 

Prepare to see dinosaurs like you’ve never seen them before — which shouldn’t be difficult. It has been almost 20 years since Steven Spielberg first amazed audiences with authentic looking Brontosauruses, Velociraptors and a giant T-Rex. Now the original Jurassic Park is coming back to theaters, this time in 3D.

Read the complete article at Mashable.

Man of Steel converted to 3D

While I couldn’t recall hearing or reading anything about the new Superman flick, Man of Steel, being up for a 3D conversion, it would make sense that the movie would be on the fast track for 3D treatment.

It’s DC’s big daddy franchise along with Batman, and it’s hopefully going to be the big superhero reboot next summer.

So the news indeed hit that Man of Steel will be converted to 3D, and again, it’s not a surprise. As we’ve reported previously on TG, China won’t play a big American film unless it’s in 3D, and even with a blockbuster that’s destined to make big bucks, the foreign market these days is crucial for a movie that costs a ton of money to make their money back.

Read more at TG Daily.

Recce 3D Interactive Mapping Tech Gets Its Game On: Go Deliver iOS App Is GPS-Powered Real-World Scavenger Hunt Meets Groupon

We wrote about Recce back in July: a rich, interactive searchable 3D map app created by U.K. startup eeGeo and backed by $4 million Series A funding, which aggregates data feeds from other services such as Twitter to create an animated bird’s eye view of a city and what is going on in it. At the time the company said it also planned to use its location platform for gaming — and it’s now delivered on that promise, by launching its first game: a GPS-based iOS app called Go Deliver – London, in partnership with games studio Midoki.

In keeping with the real-world location theme, the gameplay of Go Deliver requires gamers to pick up their iPhones and travel around London collecting and delivering virtual packages to actual locations. For added spice, gamers can also compete against each other to pick up the same packages so there’s an incentive to get to delivery locations quickly. There will also be a social graph tie-in in the future so you can easily find Facebook buddies to play with.

The Recce mapping platform technology has been used to power the interactive gaming environment so the game closely resembles the original Recce app, just with an added gaming layer slapped on top

Read the complete article at TechCrunch.

Google Takes Its Backpack-Sized Trekker Street View Cameras To The Grand Canyon

Google just announced that it is taking the Trekker, its backpack-sized Street View camera system into the Grand Canyon to map the National Park’s hiking trails. Instead of having to huff and puff your way up Bright Angel Trail in person, you will soon be able take a virtual stroll down to the Colorado River. According to Google, this is the Trekker’s first “official outing.”

Read the complete article at TechCrunch.

 

Silent hill is back in 3D

Where a lot of video game adaptations have been action / adventure heavy titles, like Tomb Raider and Princeof Persia, Silent Hill was an adaptation of a game that was arguably as scary as a real horror movie.

One fan of Silent Hill even told me he liked to turn out the lights at home, turn up the sound, and scare himself playing the game like he was watching a horror film.

Read the complete article at TG Daily.