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?
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).
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.
Here's a video where Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon shows off sthe cool new 3D Tech built into the new Amazon Fire smartphone called 'Dynamic Perspective'. The 3D perceptive is dynamically controlled with motion and needs no special glasses to view. he also shows the potential for gaming by adeptly saving Fortune Kitty. Bezos FTW!
Ok- yep. I just made up the term RiftGasm. It seems like an appropriate way to describe peoples reaction when they recount thier experience with the VR sensation, Oculus Rift. Here's Strength Gamer's YouTube take.
You may have heard of Google's Advanced Technology and Projects group; the technological "skunkworks" that Google got its hands on when acquiring Motorola. It was discovered that they have been working on a project for over a year that has been extremely under wraps - a full 3D scanning iPhone.