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Looking back, it seems almost adorable that we were all so impressed that the Oculus Rift whipped up $2.4 million in Kickstarter funds. This summer, Oculus raised $16 million from investors led by Spark Capital and Matrix Partners, and the company has now landed an additional $75 million in another round of funding. The comparatively jaw-dropping $75 million fundraising effort was led by Mark Andreessen of investment firm Andreessen Horowitz, who will also join Oculus’ board of directors. The money will go towards commercializing the 3D virtual reality Oculus rift headset, which should give... Read more...
According to a report from Israeli newspaper Calcalist, Apple has completed an acquisition for PrimeSense, the company originally behind Microsoft’s Kinect. The paper did not cite any sources, so take the report for what it’s worth, but the deal is reportedly for $345 million. PrimeSense issued a non-statement statement on the matter, telling various outlets that “"We are focused on building a prosperous company while bringing 3D sensing and natural interaction to the mass market in a variety of markets such as interactive living room and mobile devices. We do not comment on what... Read more...
Whenever I'm passed a video and am told in advance that it's "amazing" or "unbelievable", I tend to go into it with the highest level of skepticism. Such was the case with the video of MIT's latest project, involving a shapeshifting display that you can manipulate on-the-fly, either with your hands directly or other means. To say my initial skepticism wore off quickly would be an understatement. This display, called inFORM, consists of a grid of square-tipped pillars that can shift up and down as the entire array is manipulated either by your hands or other objects thanks to the help of cameras.... Read more...
Show of hands, how many of you care about 3D Blu-ray content? It's a question worth asking because with both Microsoft and Sony getting ready to release next-generation consoles to retail, only one has confirmed it won't support the format. No need to try and guess which one -- if you read the title, you know the Xbox One won't support playback of 3D Blu-ray discs, at least not initially. The folks over at CNET said they confirmed the lack of 3D Blu-ray support with a Microsoft representative, though the Redmond software giant hasn't ruled out implementing the feature at a later date. It will probably... Read more...
A new Apple patent has emerged that shows a new, more immersive 3D desktop GUI, which looks essentially like cover flow but for applications instead of just for items within Finder windows. It also seems like an incredibly obvious (though no less attractive and innovative) evolution of displaying open applications, and it will certainly allow users to increase the speed of their workflow. It appears that you can click (or swipe?) your way through open applications that are presented as a series of windows, and whichever application is front and center is the currently active app. You can work with... Read more...
The Amazon smartphone rumors are nothing new, but the rumor mill is a-churnin’ again. Reports suggest that Amazon has two smartphones in the works, one a cheaper model (“Project B”) running the FireOS (or something essentially similar to it) that is found on the Kindle Fire and one a high-end handset that could boast some groundbreaking features. According to a post on Hacker Network, the higher-end model, codenamed “Smith”, will have a 3D user interface, but the 3D won’t be built into the display itself; rather, it will be an illusion made from four front-facing... Read more...
The Leap Motion controller has nothing on this thing; Haptix is a project that, simply put, is designed to turn any surface into a multitouch surface. (Get it? Haptics.) Ostensibly, this allows for input in more ways, and it opens up more possibilities for user customization. The Haptix team sees the device as combining the traditional mouse/keyboard input method with touch and getting the best of both worlds. The device itself is a small, silver bar that clips onto or rests on just about anything. It “reads” your finger movements and inputs accordingly. It can be used for everything... Read more...
If talking to someone on the other side of the world in 2D has got you down, you'll be happy to know that Microsoft has some big plans to change that in the future - and yes, Skype is involved. The idea is that with a 3D chat, it should feel more like you're actually "there", or at least give you an enhanced perception that you are. Microsoft notes that pulling this off isn't going to be easy, and hardware is almost entirely to blame. While 3D monitors and televisions are a dime a dozen (alright, not quite), 3D capture devices certainly are not. It's clear that we will see these creep up more and... Read more...
It appears as though researchers at NC State have taken 3D printing a whole new level. A team has developed a way to print free-standing 3D structures out of liquid metal--at room temperature. “It’s difficult to create structures out of liquids, because liquids want to bead up,” said Dr. Michael Dickey, co-author of a paper describing the technology and process. “But we’ve found that a liquid metal alloy of gallium and indium reacts to the oxygen in the air at room temperature to form a ‘skin’ that allows the liquid metal structures to retain their shapes.”... Read more...
A pair of enterprising fellows are raising cash for a device called Poppy that purports to turn your iPhone into a 3D camera, which is the prototypical sort of Kickstarter project: interesting, quirky, and just a bit outside the lines of what the average consumer might want to buy. You can slot in an Apple iPhone 5, 4S, or 4, or a 5th-generation iPod touch, and anything you view will be in 3D. If that sounds like a grown-up version of the legendary Viewmaster toy, that’s because it is. Poppy’s creators are actually attempting to recreate that effect, only with a smartphone camera. The... Read more...
There are a slew of new features reportedly coming to Windows 8.1, formerly codenamed Windows "Blue." From the passionately requested Start/Boot to Desktop, to simple things like additional Live Tile sizes, to universal Bing search from within any app in Windows, Microsoft is planning a major-league update with this latest Windows 8 release.  During Microsoft's BUILD developer's conference live stream opening keynote today, we picked up on a major feature addition that had us grinning ear to extruded ABS ear.  As it turns out, Microsoft decided to bake 3D Printing support right into this... Read more...
While even the ability to print small plastic tchotchkes in 3D with a large printer is still a bit of a marvel, a company called botObjects is attempting to take things a step further with the ProDesk3D printer, which is a full color 3D printer that can sit comfortably on your desk. What’s most notable about the ProDesk3D is that it uses a 5-color PLA cartridge, so users can specify a huge array of different colors for the object they’re creating. The ProDesk3D also features easy-to-use software designed to offer a user-friendly way to choose colors, tweak designs, and print objects,... Read more...
Leap Motion is an intriguing new product that’s been making friends with major device manufacturers, and now the technology has landed in Google Earth, as well. Google announced that with the release of Google Earth 7.1, users will be able to navigate the world with Leap Motion’s 3D controller. Leap Motion posted this tasty preview of the Google Earth plus Leap Motion pairing in action: The support is available on PC, Mac, and Linux versions of Google Earth, and Leap Motion dev community--which reportedly numbers around 10,000--will be the first to get to play with the new feature,... Read more...
Watching films in 3D is what you might call “neat” (if you can stomach the nausea and endure the headaches), but a theater in Nagoya, Japan has a 4DX theater that takes the immersive theater-going experience several steps further by incorporating fourth dimension effects such as strobe lights, seats that jostle and vibrate, fog and “lightning”, and even smells, all of which are designed to sync with the film you’re watching and enhance the overall experience. The first film to get the 4DX treatment at the theater will be Iron Man 3. “It was really a matter of... Read more...
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