No goofy active shutter glasses, no headache-inducing parallax barrier screens, no optical trickery here. This is a pure 3D display — unfortunately done at a resolution of just 8 x 8 x 8. It’s a hand-built LED cube created by Nick Schulze, powered by Arduino, and driven largely by Matlab. Yes, Matlab, an application you probably deleted less than three minutes after signing off on your calculus final. We can’t help you find that installation disc again, but we can encourage you to enjoy the video of this 3D matrix of blinkenlights after the break, and you can get the full details on how to build your own at the other end of that source link.
By Joanna Stern posted Mar 22nd 2011 12:50AM
Well, here ya go! T-Mobile has finally decided to come clean with the pricing on its 8.9-inch, 3D-capable LG G-Slate, and well, it isn’t cheap. The Honeycomb, Tegra 2-powered tablet will set you back $529.99 after an $100 mail-in-rebate and that’s only if you agree to a two-year contract. Of course, this thingcan record 3D video, connect to T-Mobile’s “4G” HSPA+ network, and output 1080p video, but that still seems like quite a bit of money when you consider you’re also locked into paying at least $20 in data every month. Ready to grace us the WiFi version, LG? Hit the break for the short press statement.
CTIA snooping is in full swing today, as the HTC EVO 3D has seen its major specs divulged courtesy of a document within the exhibition halls of the show. True to our initial scoop and subsequent spec leak, we’re looking at a 3D-capable successor to the EVO 4G, this one rocking a 1.2GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm’s MSM8660), a 4.3-inch qHD ( 960 x 540) display, dual 5 megapixel cameras around back, and the sweet, sweet promise of 1080p video playback. That’s constrained to 720p for viewing 3D content, but there’s no denying this new Sprint smartphone’s shaping up to be yet another multimedia powerhouse. Specs of the EVO View tablet have also been snapped, marking it as indeed a Sprint rebadge of HTC’s 1.5GHz, 7-inch Flyer slate. Look for both to become official at Sprint’s presser later this week.
One of best parts of Will Smith’s first slapstick-sci-fi “Men In Black” film is the part when an entire galaxy is found living inside a tiny marble. The scene was a mind-blowing moment in sci-fi history and now you can relive the cognitive dissonance too with design firm Living World’s Milky Way galaxy 3D model. Created using real space data culled by Eiichiro Kokubo, Assistant Professor at Japan’s National Astronomical Observatory and Osaka University‘s Kato Tsunehiko, the three dimensional cube encased model does indeed look you’re holding an entire galaxy in the palm of your hand. But holding 80,000 laser rendered stars in your hand isn’t cheap, the cube costs 80,000 yen ($770) here.
Google Maps has just added a pretty sweet new feature that allows you to actually see the streets that you’re getting directions on, and not just satellite images from above. No, now on select city streets you can have a real, street-level, 3-D view of the surroundings.
It’s pretty awesome, although as of right now it only works on some streets in San Francisco, New York, Denver, Las Vegas, and Miami. One can igmagine this really being useful once it’s spread out to include more areas. Directions that actually show photos of where you’re supposed to turn? Amazing. Let’s get this completed and implemented in GPS systems, stat.
Any aspiring animators out there may want to add the NextEngine Desktop 3D scanner to their Christmas lists. The cereal box-size gadget will quickly scan an object (most scans take about 2 minutes) and render it onscreen for you to stretch, rotate, or break apart in any number of applications, many of which are provided. Since there’s no “scanning box” for your object, size matters not; really big targets may take a couple of scans, though. The NextEngine will capture all your object’s pretty colors and is said to be accurate to 0.005 inch, so anything bigger than a nanofiber can’t hide from this baby.