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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.

[ Project Page ]

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 ]

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 ]