Let the Kinect hacking begin! Less than a month after the motion-detection camera hit shelves, hackers are starting to figure out all sorts of cool stuff you can do with Microsoft’s Xbox 360 wonder-gadget.
I am more interested in 3D gaming in my home than I am in 3D movies. I would bet that most folks feel the same way if they are into video games. I will wear glasses to play games, but watching TV with glasses isn’t appealing to me.
So Softbank just unveiled these new smartphones destined for the Japanese market that work in 3D and don’t require any 3D glasses. Do you still care? I probably don’t, but I’ll tell you about them anyway.
One of my favorite movies as a kid was TRON. I loved that movie and I am going to see the new 3D one as soon as the film hits theaters. If you like 3D movies, but you have a hard time with the ugly and uncomfortable 3D glasses they give you at the theater, Oakley has some sweet 3D glasses for you.
While this definitely isn’t the first time I’ve seen a lamp designed on a computer, it’s definitely the first one I’ve seen where the primary design tool was Microsoft Excel.
Ben Geebelen used Excel to create the pattern on his TulipK lamp, then used software called 3-matic and output it to a 3D printer to generate the tulip petals.
I like the idea of 3D in my home and on my computer, but I refuse to pay a premium for the feature, and then have to wear those stupid glasses. We all know that the tech needed for 3D with no glasses is in development, and for the most part the manufacturers are using the early systems’ need for active glasses as a way to make more money.
What is it with George Lucas’ incessant need to monkey with his original Star Wars flicks? First, he had to go and add a bunch of stupid, out-of-place CGI to the last major re-release, and now he’s planning on releasing them in 3D.
They say the grass is greener on the other side, and that seems to be the case in this joint survey conducted by the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing and Nielsen regarding the appeal of 3DTV.
Other than playing some games on my iPhone or iPad, I am not that big on portable gaming. My kids on the other hand, like to take a Nintendo DS with them on occasion during boring events that we will be stuck at for a while.
For those too young to remember, a View-Master is a device that shows pictures in stereoscopic 3D. The effect is achieved by placing a pair of film slides for each eye to see, to give the illusion of depth.
Sales of 3D TVs for the home have not been that great. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out the reasons why. The 3D TVs on the market right now are expensive, and the active glasses most of them require are expensive too.
I came across this unusual game over on IndieGames earlier today, and I have to say I like the way the early build is shaping up.
A small independent game studio called Santa Ragione created Tales of Unspoken World after being inspired by this stylized case design from the Famicase art exhibit a few of years ago.
Similar to the HoloAD trapezoidal display that we saw at CES, Aircord Labs’ N-3D uses a specially-coated transparent glass pyramid to give the viewer the illusion of a 3D display. An iPad placed on top of the pyramid projects three separate images, and each image is reflected in varying intensities on each of the three exposed sides of the pyramid, so that when you go around and look at the other sides, it’s like you’re viewing the other sides of the object being displayed as well.
Sony just introduced a video demonstrating this amazing new 360-degree display technology that’s something you might find in a James Cameron movie.
The new autostereoscopic display projects 360 individual slices of an image onto an array of special LEDs, providing a volumetric display you can walk around and view from any angle – without glasses.
Everything’s in 3D these days, so why shouldn’t Tetris get the X/Y/Z treatment too?
Researchers Peter Barnum Srinivasa Narasimhan, and Takeo Kanade at Carnegie Mellon University have come up with a way to project 3-dimensional images onto multiple curtains of water to form a volumetric display.