Just in time for back to school, UC Berkeley researchers have created what might be the coolest backpack ever: a wearable collection of cameras and lasers that maps the interiors of buildings as it goes, instantly generating photo-real 3-D maps of structures.
If you are what you eat, then it makes sense to know what your food actually is. Taking this notion to a perhaps extravagant but nonetheless entertaining degree, someone out there decided to run a bunch of common fruits and vegetables through an MRI machine. The resulting videos and images let you see the Earth’s bounty in a whole new way (literally).
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By Richard BaguleyPosted 07.11.2010 at 11:57 am 0 Comments
Unless you absolutely must be the first person on your block to have one, I'd suggest waiting awhile. The few 3-D TV models available now aren't cheap -- the Samsung UN55C7000, for example, costs $3,300. Plus, you'll have to lay out more cash for a new Blu-ray player, since the one you have is probably incompatible with the new 3-D Blu-ray format. Prices may drop over the coming year, but even that won't be enough if there isn't anything to watch; at press time, no 3-D Blu-ray discs were available for purchase (although some Samsung TV packages come with a copy of Monsters vs.
Tired of seeing 3-D renderings of objects on your screen and being unable to grab and fondle them? Just slip your fingers into the firm grip of Japanese haptics robot HIRO III. Driven by 15 independent motors, its black phalanges provide real-time force feedback to your hand, precisely simulating the weight and contour of virtual 3-D objects -- a pretty wild paradigmatic leap forward in interface technology!
The super-accurate Earth-mapping satellite TanDEM-X has beamed back its first images, and they're detailed enough to show waves breaking in the Indian Ocean.
The German satellite is in excellent health and ready to team up with the TerraSAR-X satellite to create the most precise world maps ever made, BBC reports.
By David ThomasPosted 06.15.2010 at 6:30 pm 23 Comments
We've just spent some hands-on time with the Nintendo 3DS, the 3-D version of the company's classic DS platform unveiled earlier today at E3. While at first it's tough to shake the idea that it's little more than a gimmick, the 3-D effect does work. And perhaps most importantly, it works without the clunky glasses.
Today Nintendo officially announced the Nintendo 3DS, the first mobile game console to get on the 3-D wave.
On the outside, the 3DS looks just like the the standard DS clamshell we've come to expect since the device first launched in 2004 but with one big difference: One of it's screens has an extra dimension. But rather than mate the standard DS touchscreen with the 3-D display, Nintendo opted for a sight-only 3.5-inch widescreen LCD on the top.
Everyone's got World Cup Fever this weekend, and for a lucky few that means getting the chance to break in their brand-spankin'-new 3-D TVs as the matches are broadcast from South Africa. For those who haven't taken the 3-D plunge yet -- be it because of prohibitive pricing or not wanting to deal with the dorky glasses -- Microsoft's Applied Sciences group has shared a new glasses-less 3-D display that could herald the adoption of the sets at long last.
When Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup, people flocked to public parks, arenas, and sporting stadiums worldwide to watch the games on massive screens at public viewing events. If Japan lands its bid for the 2022 Cup, you may be able to go to your local soccer stadium and view real-time 3-D hologram displays of tournament games projected full-size on the pitch.
At the flagship Selfridges store on London's Oxford street, shoppers are using an interactive touchscreen window display to "try on" virtual 3-D watches. Strap on a paper wristband, and the mirror-like display conjures a real-time moving image of you wearing any of the 28 watch models on offer.