We caught a preview of Sony's odd, space-agey head-mounted viewer (appealingly named the HMZ-T1) back at CES in January, but we were pretty surprised to learn that not only is it not a mere demo, Sony's actually planning on, like, putting the thing in stores, where you can exchange currency for it and then take it home. Sony claims it offers an incredibly immersive 3-D experience, better than any TV. We've now played with it twice, and in some ways, that's true.
This week I had the honor of crowning the winner of National Instruments' student design competition, in which students show off the various inventive ways they use NI's LabView software. For those who don't know, NI builds the software and systems by which an engineer can test and prototype pretty much anything, from an irrigation system to a rocket. LabView is a software environment in which you can put together your parts ahead of time to test how much voltage goes here, how much interference results over there.
Police in England will soon deploy 3-D laser scanners to the scene of car crashes, saving time and allowing wreckage to be cleared from roadways more quickly. The 3-D accident reconstruction will also be more accurate than human-generated reports.
HTC's Evo line of Android smartphones is big on firsts: The Evo 4G was the first 4G phone in America (by current definitions, at least), and its sequel, the Evo 3D, is the nation's first to pack a glasses-free stereoscopic 3-D display, like the Nintendo 3DS.
Our sister publication, the AV wizards (it's not a club, really) over at Sound & Vision, got a glimpse of B&O's newest, record-breaking, ludicrously-priced 4-85 TV. At 85 inches, it's the world's biggest consumer 3-D TV, and at $85,000, one of the most expensive. It displays 3-D in full 1080p and even has a stand into which the screen retracts.
i.Materialize recently announced the (somewhat wordy) Machine Man Human Augmentation Design Challenge, to be judged by (among others) our friend Hod Lipson of Cornell's Fab@Home. The challenge: Designers will submit proposals for 3-D printed titanium implants or augmentations to the human body.
The 3DS doesn't have the mobile 3-D gaming market cornered, especially not if Hasbro's new My3D goggles have anything to say about it. And, oh yes, they have worlds to say. This iPhone accessory is a simple and affordable upgrade to the third dimension, and we can't say enough about how much sheer, silly-looking fun it is.
A new type of hologram harnesses a quantum effect and uses ordinary light to make 3-D still images. Future 3-D displays based on this technology would have no need for 3-D glasses or special screens.
The technique is based on the behavior of free electrons on a metal surface, according to researchers at the RIKEN Institute in Japan.
Understanding the difference between what’s right and what’s wrong — at least when it comes to the three-dimensional structure of objects — may be hard-wired from birth, researchers say. It might not be the result of seeing the world through binocular vision.