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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 ]

Turn The Creep Dial Up To 10 With Realistic 3D Face Masks

By David Ponce

A Japanese company called REAL-f has gotten itself in the dubious business of manufacturing ultra-realistic 3D replicas of your face, which they call 3DPFs (“3 Dimension Photo Forms”). These can be made into mask form or full head form and cost a truckload of money. The first mask is $3,920 while each additional replica of it goes for $780. But the full head starts at $5,875 and each additional copy a mere $1,960. They make these masks by taking a series of photos from different angles and heat molding a piece of vinyl chloride resin. The photo-realism is so accurate that it’s said even blood vessels and iris details are replicated accurately.

Of course the obvious thought is that Halloween is coming and wouldn’t these make an awesome disguise? But at $4k+ a pop, we think we’ll settle for getting ourselves a Bieberlicious mask and terrorizing the neighborhood on the cheap instead.

[ REAL-f ] VIA [ Techcrunch Gadgets ]

LG’s Clip-On 3D Glasses

LG AG-F220 Cinema 3D Glasses (Image courtesy LG)
By Andrew Liszewski

Not keen on the whole ‘sharing 3D glasses with a complete stranger’ idea when checking out a 3D flick at the theater? Well there are plenty of companies selling cinema-friendly 3D eyewear that you can bring with you when you go to see a movie, but if you already wear glasses you might want to serious consider LG’s new clip-on 3D glasses. Like a pair of clip-on sunglasses, they’re not going to make you look any less dorky while wearing them, but they do mean you can avoid the whole double glasses situation which I’m going to assume makes seeing a 3D film even more uncomfortable. Better yet they’re available for around just $20, and are easily stashable once you leave the theater so no one realizes you’re still supporting 3D movies.

[ LG AG-F220 Cinema 3D Glasses ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Marshall ORCHID Glasses-Free 3D Field Monitor

Marshall ORCHID OR-70-3D Field Monitor (Image courtesy Marshall)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m not here to debate whether you should or should not be shooting in 3D, but if you are, you really need a way to monitor what’s being recorded in all 3 dimensions. Of course wearing shutter or filter glasses while on set is even worse than in a theater, so Marshall’s new 7-inch glasses-free 3D field monitor is by far the way to go. It uses the same “parallax barrier and lenticular hybrid technology” as the Nintendo 3DS, but I’m assuming with better results since this is designed to be used by professionals.

Its 1600×600 resolution falls just shy of 720P, since the bottom half of the display is actually filled with realtime waveform monitors and color vectorscope displays for image quality control. And it comes with all of the connections and hookups required for use with a high-end camera system. It can even be used as a post-production display, though staring at a 7-inch monitor all day while editing or color correcting could get tedious. Available October 1st for $7,899.

[ Marshall ORCHID OR-70-3D Field Monitor ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

DXG-018O 3D Camera Is Just $70 – But You Get What You Pay For

DXG-018O 3D Camera (Images courtesy DXG)
By Andrew Liszewski

Finding a half-decent digital camera for under $100 these days is not impossible. But finding a 3D capable digital camera for just $70? Well there’s bound to be some trade-offs. And in the case of the DXG-018O, there are certainly a few. If I’m reading the tech specs correctly the camera uses a set of 0.3MP sensors, which isn’t even VGA quality. But because there’s 2 of them, and the fact that the camera does internal interpolation, you end up with a combined resolution of about 1.3MP in your 3D images.

Unfortunately it’s impossible to actually view the 3D images it captures on the camera because there’s only a tiny 1.44-inch TFT LCD display on the back which isn’t 3D capable. If you want to see your images in the 3rd dimension you’ll have to actually print them out and use the DXG’s included 3D viewer, which in reality is nothing more than a fold out cardboard tube with a couple of lenses in it. At the least it probably produces better 3D results than a red/cyan anaglyph system, but not by much.

[ DXG-018O 3D Camera ] VIA [ Coolest Gadgets ]