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?
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.
Blender is a free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.
The latest 3DMark for the PC has been released. Along with a few changes and an updated interface for 2016.This version adds a VRMark preview that show cases their upcoming virtual reality benchmark. In this preview, you can freely explore two VRMark test scenes with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. But don't worry if you don't have a headset. The preview works with your monitor too.
Create the highest quality 3D text and graphics, such as headings, logos, titles. Now nodes can rotate by degree, you can move nodes into a group from the hierarchy list, and there is support for the Dutch language.
DVDFab 3D Video Toolkit is a 5-in-1 package of Blu-ray 3D Ripper, 2D to 3D Converter, DVD Ripper, Blu-ray Ripper, and Video Converter. So, it is not only a powerful 3D video converter, it is also DVD/Blu-ray ripper and 2D video converter.
Voreen is an open source rapid application development framework for the interactive visualization and analysis of multi-modal volumetric data sets. It provides GPU-based volume rendering and data and more.
Interior design - its sort of a big deal. Every place you go (home, office, library, etc) has to be thought of, visualized, and created; and at some point redesigned. With 3D technology abounding, its about time someone made a really great tool for viewing and editing real spaces in 3D. Welcome, everyone, to Matterport.