Congrats to Ruben G. of Los Angeles for winning a SanDisk Extreme II solid-state drive last week. This week, we have a gloriously geeky giveaway (and one that clearly appreciates alliteration).
We're offering a set of 52 DC Comics honoring Villains Month. But these aren't just any comic books. They feature special covers that use lenticular technology to showcase the likes of Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, and Harley Quinn in 3D -- without the need for annoying glasses. Most of these comics were allocated before they hit stores and sold out the week they were published, so they're hard to find. … Read more
You can now take a 3D peek at several famous historical artifacts thanks to a project from the Smithsonian Institution.
Launched on Wednesday, the Smithsonian X 3D Web site serves up a collection of 3D images of artifacts digitally scanned by the museum through a partnership with Autodesk. You can explore the artifacts in detail by manipulating their images via mouse on your computer or via finger on a supported touch-screen device.… Read more
It's still impossible to be in two places at once, unless you've got one of these gadgets lying around.
The InForm is a dynamic shape display from MIT's Tangible Media Group. It turns 3D data into crude, physical representations in real time.
Using a Kinect motion sensor, it can scan bodily movements and recreate them on a table of physical "pixels," allowing you to manipulate objects on the other end. The pixels on the InForm table are actually a grid of 900 motorized, polystyrene pins that can extend about 4 inches from the surface, according to an MIT paper (PDF) for the Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction.
The grid is powered by an elaborate system of computer-controlled linkages and actuators under the table. Meanwhile, an overhead Kinect and projector deliver data on user motion into the system while casting visual feedback onto the table. The mind-bending video at the end of this article shows how a user can cradle a ball or flashlight and interact with 3D models.… Read more
Game Colt Studio's 3D Badminton turned our phone into a hand-warmer; at least that's what it felt like after playing several rounds of this addictive Android game (charger attached). The game is easy but the play is challenging, even in the Easy level, and 3D Badminton goes from Easy to Normal to Hard to Nightmare, which is like an Olympic tryout. It's free but ad supported and a bit intrusive, at that. But there's a reason so many people have downloaded 3D Badminton: it's fun.
With basic but crisply rendered 3D graphics, 3D Badminton is … Read more
NEW YORK -- MakerBot wants to put a 3D printer in every school in the United States, and it's drumming up support from the industry and general public to make it happen.
While 3D printing, for now, remains a gimmick to many, it garnered enough attention for President Barack Obama to mention the emerging technology in his recent State of the Union Address. He described 3D printing as having the potential to "revolutionize the way we make almost everything."
That sparked an idea in MakerBot founder and Chief Executive Bre Pettis. A former teacher, Pettis said MakerBot … Read more
Around this time in 2012, Lytro, creator of the world's first consumer light field camera, updated the desktop software that's necessary for processing the camera's living pictures. That update included Perspective Shift, enabling Lytro users to slightly change the point of view of a living picture by clicking and dragging it in any direction.
Lytro Desktop 3.1 for Mac and Windows and Lytro Mobile 1.2 for iOS, take that a step further. With a little extra processing, any living pictures that have been processed for Perspective Shift can now be viewed in 3D.
By using … Read more
Flexible material for 3D printing hit the market earlier this year, allowing for objects like jelly shoes, but 3D-printed cloth-like material seemed like a bit of a pipe dream.
A Manchester, UK-based husband-and-wife team from Israel might just be about to change all that. Tamar Giloh of Tamicare has invented what she calls "Cosyflex" -- a stretchy, biodegradable fabric 3D printed using a variety of materials.
The process is a little different from what we have come to know as 3D printing. Rather than an extruder nozzle, the "printer" uses a spray nozzle to create layers of natural rubber-latex polymers and cotton fibers to construct a pair of disposable underpants in less than 3 seconds. The process is fully automated and can produce up to 10 million pairs of the underpants -- pitched at women who experience particularly heavy menstrual flow -- in a year. … Read more
The Xbox One is Microsoft's first game console to have a built-in Blu-ray player. But if you're among the small portion of the population who's interested in playing back 3D Blu-rays on their game consoles, you won't be able to do it on the Xbox One -- at least initially.
A Microsoft rep told CNET that the Xbox One doesn't support playback of 3D Blu-rays, though the company hadn't ruled out adding the feature in the future.
Microsoft has been giving press previews of the upcoming game console, which hits stores on November 22, … Read more
While the first known 3D-printed gun has been more-or-less dismissed because it can't reliably shoot, a new 3D-printed firearm has now been invented -- and it has no problems firing a round. In fact, it appears this handgun can fire dozens of rounds without a hitch.
What's the difference between the two? Instead of plastic, the new gun is made of metal.
The 3D-printed metal gun is made by the Texas-based 3D-printing services company Solid Concepts. The company used a laser sintering process to create the gun and powdered metals for the firearm's material. The weapon's design is based on a classic 1911 handgun and is made up of 33 different stainless steel and Inconel components, along with a carbon fiber filled nylon handgrip.… Read more