A comprehensive article from RECODE about the fundamental differences between Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality. Apparently they are pretty big and if you mix your Realities up, you run the risk of getting a stern lecture from an annoyed Nerd.
The sneaky Australians at the University of Sydney's School of Geosciences through their EarthByte team have set up a secret portal of 3D globes. And by secret we mean not well advertised. You can view everything from 3D representations of Geophysical and geological data to Gravity Anomaly Grid reconstruction. Yeah, you read right, Gravity Anomaly... probably not what we think it means, but still... Gravity Anomaly!
AEXA Aerospace of Houston, Texas USA is embracing the Microsoft HoloLens to create 3D holographic representations of hardware and intuitive procedures to help streamline training and operations aboard the International Space Station. As of 2017 Microsoft says that HoloLens sales are in the thousands, admittedly a small number. However with companies like AEXA embracing the product, is a developer market for high quality content far off? What do you think?
MagicLeap is a Mixed Reality technology company that has never shipped a product or even officially shown a prototype. Yet it continues to seduce investors with the promise of a delicious piece of "Mixed Reality" technology. Sound familiar?
MagicLeap just received a $502 million investment on top of its nearly $1.4 billion in existing funding. So what does that buy? At this point it is anyone's guess.
The intensely secretive company has a carefully managed public image; though there have been leaks and rumors from employees. Their website has some amazingly inspirational, if not vague, videos about its mission. Critics claim that MagicLeap is plagued with internal strife, including allegations of sexual harassment and that it relied heavily on CGI for its promotional videos to mislead people into thinking that they were farther along with their prototype than they really were.
Proponents say that what ML has accomplished is nothing short of amazing.
Say what you want, savvy behemoth GOOGLE (now Alphabet) was one of the first mega investors, which seems to say that there must be something to ML's claims. There is a media buzz that MagicLeap will issue some kind of announcement regarding their tech before the end of 2017.
So what do you think? When it comes to MagicLeap, will the cake turn out to be a lie Or a delicious Magical Leap in AR/MR technology?
One of the cool things about NASA is that in the last 10 years they have become a little less anal about their work product. They have opened an entire resource library dedicated to 3D visualizations. Everything from highly realistic graphic 3D models of the Eta Carinae Homunculas nebula (Clearly they are still working on creating cool names for space stuff) to an exact topographical map of the mars surface including rover paths which can be 3D printed.
Barring the usual open source limitations, all of the materials are royalty free and available for download just in time for your kid's next science project.
Carbon3D is partnering with Adidas to print part of their shoes using a process called digital light synthesis. Carbon 3D's printers are able print the soles of Adidas shoes faster and cheaper than ever before, allowing the venerable shoe brand to keep up with changing fashion trends. The new system is expect to cut development time of a new pair of trainers down to just two weeks. The two factories running these printers are expected to produce up to 500,000 pairs of Adidas per year (each).
Chances are if you spend anytime on youtube you have come across the controversial, scantily clad Naomi "Sexy Cyborg" Wu. If you watch her videos she seems to be a capable maker/hacker. Check out her videos and let us know what you think.
Virtual Reality will change the face of cinema in the next decade—but only if content keeps up with the advances in technology, industry experts at the Busan International Film Festival predict. And we thought 3D glasses where awkward...
A new study describes 3D printing of Shape Memory Polymers to produce active meta-materials that can be programmed to form versatile shapes and are then able to recover their original state when heated to above their activation temperature. The future of 3D printing relies heavily on the development of cutting edge polymers and meta materials.
Panasonic's new 3D LiDAR enables variable detection settings for viewing angles and scanning speed. This new product contributes to the wide-spread use of autonomous robots that navigate inside or outside facilities with moving objects, including people. This new sensor has the potential to enable near real time model creation for remote presence technology. An operator wearing VR/AR/MR goggles could interact with the outside world remotely and in near real time.
Stores watching Amazon take a larger share of clothing sales are trying to solve one of the most vexing issues for online shoppers: Finding items that fit properly. Soon, as in, right now, you will be able to walk into a Lidar scanning booth and have custom fit clothes shipped to your door for the cost of off the rack clothing. If you are a member of the "hard to fit" Big and tall or Short and Small crowd. This should make you happy.