It’s not just your head that can become 3D. Now your Spore creatures can come alive (almost) with Spore Sculptor. You simply upload your image and they will make you a critter in its original color for $49.00. It’s best to have one that has two or more legs, and if the features or structures are too thin, chances are they will not work. The Spores are made to scale, so the larger the beast the larger the sculpture.
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ThatsMyFace can turn your loved one’s head into an actual sculpture. You simply upload front and side images, and they will take the 2D pictures and turn them into 3D portraits. Imagine mom’s surprise when she opens the box and sees her own head inside. Prices start at $29.00 for a keychain size. Kidding aside, you can also order a gift certificate or upload your own images for free and see how you would look older, as the opposite sex, caricatured or other profiles.
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There’s a new mouse in town. Cyber Sport’s Orbita has a built-in compass to calibrate movements in 3D. The wireless 3-axis mouse does without a scroll wheel. Instead, users rotate it left or right. It also has a series of buttons for clicking. Ergonomically designed, it features a programmable interface with multi-function platform. The Orbita is compatible with Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Mac OS X 10.3.9 and later. You can pre-order now for £82.10 (~$126.00) and expect a January delivery.
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The NFL decided to broadcast the first live 3D football game. It was shown in theaters in LA, Boston and New York last night. Team owners, journalists and producers were invited to see the technology developed by 3ality Digital. They planted three 3D crews, with their own commentary, next to 2D counterparts for the game between the Oakland Raiders and S.D. Chargers. They call it an “up close, personal, visceral experience.” We call it a little too close to the action and were glad to hear that it is not going to happen on a large scale any time soon.
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Moritz Waldemeyer decided to take up the challenge of redesigning the game “Operation.” He came up with a 3D version called Keyhole Surgery in which you have to place the key in a maze without touching the sides. He included a file so that you can study it before you give it a go. The person with the least amount of touches wins. We dig the idea of the prototype game, but this is definitely not one to play at a kegger.
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With the Minoru (which means “reality”) Webcam from Novo and a pair of glasses, you can see in 3D via Skype, Microsoft Live Messenger and other IMs. It apparently also makes 3D images and videos that can then be uploaded to social sites such as YouTube, although those wanting to see it will need glasses, too. Arriving in December at a price of $100.00, we figure that this is a bit overpriced and overcomplicated.
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Ever wish you could jump into Second Life? Researchers at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) almost can with the StarCave, a third generation virtual reality space. The pentagon-shaped room consists of computers, rear-projection walls, and floor screens, and displays over 68 million pixels. The room supports 20/40 vision when the users wear lightweight, polarized sunglasses. At a cost of about a million dollars, the StarCave works by pointing a wand to go through the 3D images and/or zoom.
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Navigon has introduced its 7200T, a slim and portable GPS device with a flat frameless panel touchscreen. With 2D and 3D map views, it features Reality View Pro, Lane Assistant Pro, landmarks in the U.S. and Canada, and free r/t traffic updates for life. Also included is Speed Assistant, multi-destination trip planning, automatic standby, and day/night mode. Pre-order the 7200T on Amazon for $449.99 for a September 28 delivery.
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Researchers from Texas A&M have been utilizing radar to map a leaf-cutting Atta ant colony. They then digitize the images and turned into an interactive visualization system without displacing them. The results are a vertical slice of dirt with tunnels showing as low density, the food fungus, higher, and the earth surrounding the tunnels even higher. By shifting the GPR device, they get 3D.
“Leafcutting ant nests can hold a 3-story house—the rural legend is that tractors can disappear into them,” says team leader Dr. Carol LaFayette.
That makes you wonder just what is down there, doesn’t it?
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The Car Camera Voyager Pro has a built-in GPS location logger so you can relive your travels and find out where you made that bad left turn later on Google Earth. Its automatic G-Sensor records 10 seconds before and 30 seconds after a trip. It also features an internal 3D sensor to detect speed, breaking, acceleration, and impact. The cam is a 1.3 megapixel CMOS and the device has SDcard recording with auto-loading software for PCs. Available July 23, it carries the hefty price of $449.95.
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