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Tag Archives: 3D

Now You Can Play Ms. Pac-Man in Awesome 3D

3D Ms PacMan

Immerse yourself in playing your video games like never before with Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi‘s awesome gaming exhibit that’s currently being displayed at New York’s Museum of Art & Design.

You probably never imagined that you’d get to play your favorite classics like Ms. Pac-Man and Mario Brothers in 3D while the entire screen takes over the entire room, right? It’s a gamer’s heaven, and it’s unfortunate that you can’t take it home with you. If you live in NY or happen to be visiting someone in the area, then drop by the Museum to check out Takahashi’s exhibit.

Check out a video of the awesome room-wide gameplay after the break.

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3DCone Lets You Use Your iPhone to Shoot Three-Dimensional Photos and Videos

3D Cone

The iPhone is a pretty amazing smartphone. And with the 3DCone, you can now add ‘shoot images and videos in 3D’ to the already long list of things that Apple’s baby can do.

The 3DCone is a stereoscopic add-on for the iPhone that’s meant to be used with Saturn3DDesign‘s free app so you can capture and render images and videos in three dimensions. It’s different from the other 3D apps already in the market which require you to take a picture, move your phone a bit, and then take a picture again. With the 3DCone, all you have to do is snap it one and start taking pictures or videos.

The 3DCone works by transforming your iPhone into a stereoscopic camera. What the add-on does is use a mirror to take two pictures that are at slightly different angles, which are then used to create the 3D image (or video.) Users can then fire up the app to process the shots and footage, export them, or upload them to YouTube.

Check out a video introducing the 3DCone along with shots of how it works after the jump!

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3D Cone Is An iPhone Attachment That Allows For Stereoscopic Photography

In a few years from now, when your baby grows up, he’ll ask you why all his baby pictures have these awful filters applied to them (please direct hate mail to our legal department). 3D pictures on the other hand? We’re not sure about that one. For one, these aren’t nearly as common, seeing as the iPhone lacks the hardware required for true stereoscopic photography. But the 3D cone pictured above wants to change that, letting you take two quick pictures in succession from slightly different angles through the use of a specially positioned mirror. Current applications that do the same thing require you to take one pic, move to a new location and take another pic, which isn’t so great with moving subjects. All you have to do here is launch the app, take the pic, and you’re done.

Like many projects these days, the 3D Cone is trying to raise funds on Kickstarter. A $39 pledge will get you yours, although successful funding at this point is not guaranteed: they’re at $3,700 of the $55,000 they need. If you choose to help them out, you’ll get your case in March 2013.

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ViewMaster-Like Device Lets You Watch Youtube Vids In 3D

By David Ponce

To say that it “lets you watch” YouTube videos in 3D might be an overexageration, since it won’t actually convert regular videos to 3D. What the above device by Sanwa does is make it easier to watch YT videos that are already in 3D. What, you didn’t know such a thing existed? Well yes, there’s been 3D vids on there since 2009 and several devices exist to enable you to see them. This is another one of those, albeit one that yields a brighter and larger viewing area than some of the other options out there. You simply insert your iPhone in the slot and you’re good to go; each eye only sees the image its meant to see, resulting in the 3D effect. It’s 1,980 yen or roughly $25 in today’s money.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Did The Cost Of A 3D Printer Just Drop To $300?

By David Ponce

It was barely a couple weeks ago that we were writing about the Solidoodle, a $500 3D printer. But now we’re here to say that the price has apparently dropped to $300, thanks to a machine called Printxel 3D. It can allegedly make ABS plastic objects up to 5.5 inches on every axis, with a layer thickness (and thus, resolution) of 0.2mm to 0.4mm, with smaller layers supposedly being possible. If this machine works as advertised, it’s pretty incredible.

However, here come the caveats. First off, it’s a Kickstarter project that has only 25 machines up for pre-order. They all sold out within 11 hours. Secondly, this appears to be one guy making the kits from his home or garage or something. Which means that delivery time for the additional kits the man says he is now selling is impossible to know. You’ll get yours… some day. Thirdly, we’d hesitate somewhat before giving a random guy $300 of our money, especially since unlike the Solidoodle, which was backed by the MakerBot ex-COO, no one really knows who this man is. What’s after sales service like? What if it doesn’t work? So… buyer beware. This may very well be a $300 3D printer, but you buy at your own risk.

[ Kickstarter Page ] AND [ Additional Kits' Page ]

Put Your Head On A Superhero Figurine

By David Ponce

We’re not sure whether to be impressed by this product/service, or whether to be creeped out that there are people passionate enough about superheroes to actually want this. It’s pretty simple: you can oder a superhero figurine and have the company send you a 3D printed replacement head that is made to look just like you. You just have to send them two fairly high-res pics of your noggin along with your order, and you’ll get a standard figurine in the mail, along with your plastic head. You have to do the swap yourself for some reason. You can choose from Batgirl, Batman, Superman, The Joker, and Wonder Woman.

It’s $125, which isn’t cheap, but hey… you may not be the superhero Batman needs, but you are the one it deserves.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ 7Gadgets ]

Is The Future This See-Through 3D Desktop?

By David Ponce

Much as the industry is constantly evolving in terms of faster computers and ever more ingenious and polished operating systems, the very basic interaction between man and machine has remained pretty constant over the last decades. You still have a flat screen projecting flat images at a user sitting in front of it. Sure, some of these images may depict a three dimensional object, but the images themselves are still 2D. A project by Jinha Lee and Cati Boulanger, former intern and researcher respectively, at Microsoft Applied Sciences would change all that. They’re using a special transparent OLED screen from Samsung and a series of sensors, along with custom software that reshuffles the keyboard to the back of the screen. So in a way, you’re now working with your hands inside the virtual desktop and you’re free to manipulate what you see. Sensors detect your motions and even where your head is in relation to the screen so as to maintain proper perspective at all times (think of that scene in the latest Mission: Impossible).

There are no concrete plans to put this into production but as a proof of concept allows us to play and discover potential new interfaces for systems of tomorrow. Watch it in action below.

[ Cargo Collective ] VIA [ Geekosystem ]

Turning Catastrophe Into Art With Rapid Prototyping

By David Ponce

Luke Jerram is an artist and he decided to create a 3D sculpture of sorts based off of the seismograph of Japan’s devastating March 2011 earthquake. Measuring 11 inches long, the sculpture is simply 9 minutes of seismographic data rotated 360 degrees in a 3D modelling program, and then printed with a rapid prototyping machine. It is going to be presented at the

Jerwood Space in London for a show called Terra. Exploring how data is read and can be represented and interpreted, the artwork is one of a series of data visualization sculptures Jerram has recently created.

“Next month Jerram will be artist in residence at the Museum of Glass in Washington where he hopes to create this work as a limited edition in glass.” If you think you might want one, you let Luke know you’re interested by sending him an email: luke at lukejerram dot com.

[ Luke's Page ] VIA [ PC World ]

BodyMetrics Is The Body Scanner You’ll Want To Step Into

By David Ponce

Americans are getting used to the idea of full body scanners. Or maybe not. Either way, the BodyMetrics 3D scanner has much tamer goals than to sniff out your underwear explosives. Step into one and 8 PrimeSense 3D sensors will map your body’s shape and measurements, quickly and accurately creating 100 data points. Once your shape has been determined, the retail store will be better able to offer you clothing that complements your specific shape. Better yet, you’ll be able to store your profile online for later access when shopping from home. No more guesswork, or wishful thinking.

There’s only one BodyMetrics scanner at the moment. It’s at New Look, a global clothing retailer, at their newest location in the Westfield Stratford shopping complex. There is a chance you’ll be seeing more of these if the companies are successful in convincing other stores to go for them.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]