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Export to World: Virtual Objects Get Real

Export to World: Virtual Objects Get Real
There’s nothing quite like a delicious virtual donut and a hot cup of paper coffee before parking it in front of the fake TV to get my day going. This off-the-wall creative project takes items seen in the 3D virtual world of Second Life, and transforms them into real-world (paper) objects. Export to World is a concept created by Linda Kostowski and Sascha Pohflepp which converts the oddly-textured 3D computer objects and turns them into papercraft models which can be assembled with scissors and glue. There’s a complete gallery of models they’ve converted so far over on Flickr.

Mstation Theaterbar: Surround Slims Down

Mstation Theaterbar: Surround Slims Down
I was over on the mStation website recently, when I stumbled across this interesting new sound system buried under “coming soon”. It looks like the mStation TheaterBar will soon join the ranks of one-box home theater sound systems, designed to mesh beautifully with today’s flat-screen televisions. From the looks of the photos, the TheaterBar appears to offer not only a complete surround experience in a single slim box, it looks like it’s got bass ports on the back, so maybe it’ll have a decent low-end too.
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Pinball Tries the Digital Route Once More

Pinball Tries the Digital Route Once More
Every once in a while a company takes a stab at trying to resurrect pinball machines using modern technology. The latest entry into the digital pinball genre replaces the old mechanical table with a large flat screen display and interchangeable digital games. The system offers up the familiar top-down view and flipper controllers you’d find on a traditional pinball machine, but that’s about where the similarities end.

Change Your Clothes, Virtually.

Change Your Clothes, Virtually.
This amazing tech demo shows off an augmented reality system which can digitally swap out textures on clothing. While it sounds pretty simple, the ability to exactly mimic the behavior and appearance of cloth is extremely difficult to pull off. Developed by computer graphics researchers Volker Scholz and Marcus Magnor, the texture replacement technology uses a complex algorithm which encodes the coordinates of textures in a sampled video sequence, then replaces them with a new texture map, complete with shadows and all the fabric folds.

7.1 Surround From Your Headphones

7.1 Surround From Your Headphones
If you’re on the road with your laptop and missing your theater setup at home, here’s a way to capture a bit of that big surround sound feel on the cheap. The Virtual 7.1 Channel Adapter plugs into your USB port and adds virtual surround to your current PC audio system.

Levelhead: Trippy Augmented Reality Game

Levelhead: Trippy Augmented Reality Game
New Zealand digital artist Julian Oliver is working on a cool game that blends the electronic universe with the real world. His work-in-progress game called levelHead uses a series of cubes placed on a table top.

Yamaha Ysp-500: Virtual Surround Gets Downsized

Yamaha Ysp-500: Virtual Surround Gets Downsized
The latest in Yamaha’s series of “Digital Sound Projectors” takes the critically-acclaimed virtual surround technology found in their larger YSP series and shrinks it down to a box that’s just 24-inches wide. (The full-sized models are around 40-inches wide). The YSP-500 reflects sound from 18 individual sound drivers to deliver truly immersive surround with only a single box.

Ezvision Video Glasses: My Eyes-on Experience

Ezvision Video Glasses: My Eyes-on Experience
The folks over at ezGear were kind enough to send me a pair of their $299 ezVision Video Glasses to put them through their paces. The glasses are designed to produce the illusion of a big screen television, but are small enough carry around in your briefcase or purse. By sticking two tiny LCD screens in front of your eyeballs, the ezVision glasses trick your brain into thinking you’re watching a 50-inch screen from about 8.5-feet

Soundmatters Slimstage40: Virtual Surround Slims Down

Soundmatters Slimstage40: Virtual Surround Slims Down
Soundmatters is best known for their all-in-one surround sound systems which cram an entire 5.1 home theater into a single small box. Up until now, their designs were still a bit too unwieldy for placement anywhere but on a shelf or on top of rear-projection set.

Fancy Watches Get the Virtual Treatment

Fancy Watches Get the Virtual Treatment
I’ll start out by telling you that I’ve never been a dweller of the Second Life universe, but then again, I’m too busy living three or four lives in the real world. But for those of you who do take up residence in the insanely popular virtual world, you’ll soon have a way to give your avatar a little more style and class. Luxury Swiss watch maker Hublot has revealed to our friends over at WatchLuxus that they’ll be setting up an impressive virtual shop on Second Life a little later this month.

Sony Dax-X10 Virtual Surround Home Theater Offers Style and Substance

Sony Dax-X10 Virtual Surround Home Theater Offers Style and Substance
This new home theater system from Sony offers an immersive 3-dimensional surround sound effect using just two satellite speakers and a subwoofer. The system has a striking industrial design that’s very sleek and modern. It even has a cool touch-sensitive control panel hidden in its glass top. Sony’s DAX-X10 is a complete home theater system that looks perfect for living rooms and other places where you don’t want a lot of equipment and wiring cluttering up the place.

Marantz Es7001 Virtual Surround System

Marantz Es7001 Virtual Surround System
Bearing more than a passing resemblance to Yamaha’s YSP line of home theater surround systems, this new Marantz ES7001 Sound Bar is designed to produce a fully-immersive home theater experience with a single box. Like the Yamaha, the ES7001 crams all the amplifiers, speakers and surround processing gear into the same box.

LG Home Theater Claims 10.1 Surround Sound

LG Home Theater Claims 10.1 Surround Sound
LG is showing off their new HT752TP “flat home theater” system which claims the unique distinction of producing “10.1” virtual surround sound. The system simulates additional channels in between its standard 5 speaker surround setup, to produce the illusion of 10 individual speaker locations.

Playstation 3 ‘Home’ Virtual Community Confirmed

Playstation 3 ‘Home’ Virtual Community Confirmed
At this week’s Game Developer’s Conference (GDC), Sony confirmed plans for a new enhancement to the PS3’s online capabilities, simply called “Home.” The new feature will take a page out of other social networking services, enabling console users to share content and interact in new ways. Home will allow users to create their own 3D humanoid avatar and interact in an environment that is strikingly similar to Second Life (but with PS3 quality graphics.)

Philips Ambisound Hts8100 Home Theater in a Box

Philips Ambisound Hts8100 Home Theater in a Box
Single-box surround systems seem to be all the rage these days, with systems like Yamaha’s YSP line of sound projectors and the iLive Virtual Surround System recently in the news. Now Philips has revealed their entry into the virtual surround market with their Ambisound HTS8100 system. The Ambisound system features virtual 5.1
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