By Andrew RosenblumPosted 04.02.2012 at 10:16 am 2 Comments
Clint Fishburne, a regional-airline pilot based in Atlanta, wanted to help his children develop the body movement and muscle memory necessary to fly and land a plane. With the cost of commercial flight simulators starting at $2,800, though, Fishburne, a longtime PopSci reader, decided to make one from scratch.
A new robot face can display a realistic virtual visage from any angle, making telepresence somewhat less creepy by using actual human features. Mask-Bot, as it’s known, displays three-dimensional heads on a transparent plastic mask.
A new wearable projection system can turn any surface into an ad-hoc interactive touchscreen, from the palm of your hand to an entire wall. It combines a mini projector combined with a Kinect-type camera to capture a user’s interaction with a virtual screen.
Top Gun training in Fightertown USA might become obsolete thanks to a new ultra-high definition, immersive F-16 training program. Powered by 120 Intel Dual Core PCs packed with high-end graphics cards, nine overlapping HD projectors display the highest-res flight simulator possible. Creating a stunning 30,000 interactive images in a single simulation, L-3 Link's SimuSphere offers a realistic training tool for the military that will hopefully lead to a smaller home version for me.
Construct a high-def front projector for hundreds less than store-bought models
By Mike HaneyPosted 07.01.2006 at 2:00 am 4 Comments
Want some real home theater bragging rights? Instead of buying a projector capable of casting a 14-foot image at 1080p (progressive) resolution-the highest high-definition there is-build one yourself. After all, the front projector´s innards are simple: an LCD lit by a superbright lamp, and a few lenses to magnify and sharpen the image. Retail models start at around $800 and use proprietary $400 lamps that burn out every few years. But cheaper lamps work equally well, and none of the other parts are very expensive. Why not put one together yourself?
Sure it takes some skill to put together, but the payoff is large-this rolling LCD projector lets you enjoy al fresco film nights all summer long.
By Mike HaneyPosted 06.07.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Although Lumenlab has greatly simplified the LCD projector project with its ready-made parts, it´s still not a job for the DIY newbie. You´ll need carpentry skills to create an enclosure and wiring skills to connect all the parts without electrocuting yourself or burning down your projector. And then there´s the LCD panel stripping-even PopSci photographer John Carnett, a lifetime DIY guy, killed the first LCD TV we sent him.
The AN110 goes where no front projector has gone before: the wall. To achieve its 3.7-inch-thick form, engineers at LG developed an L-shaped lens that shoots the picture across itself. The resulting projector can display an image of between 30 and 300 inches with a 2,500:1 contrast ratio. 1,280 x 768 DLP; HDMI output; $3,500