Sony’s new way of looking at 3d Displays

New way of looking at 3d Display

The 13 x 27-cm device packs a stereoscopic, 24-bit color image measuring just 96 × 128 pixels viewable at 360-degrees without special glasses. If the prototype ever hits the assembly line then Sony envisions its commercial use in digital signage or medical imaging — or as a 3D photo frame, television, house for your virtual pet, or visualizer to assist with web shopping in the home.

Apple exploring interactive, glasses-free 3D holographic displays.

As 3D is pushed as the next big thing in Hollywood films and home theater, Apple has show interest in a three-dimensional interactive experience that would allow multiple users to manipulate holographic 3D objects in space without the need for special glasses or headgear.

Bing Maps incorporates Photosynth models.

Microsoft Photosynth is a photogrammetric software that creates 3d buildings from multiple photos, e.g. shot by random tourists. Our colleagues from the urbandigital blog are very much in favour of Photosynth and see great potential in it for urban visualization or as a kind of 3d scanner. Now, Microsoft has taken the logic next step and integrated Photosynth with Bing 3D. It may be criticized that the Microsoft approach requires Silverlight which is still not standard. However, Bing users can now create buildings automatically from photos whereas Google Earth users are modeling their content in Sketchup.
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Virtual Reality for the real world.

National Geographic is using new media to inspire people to care about the planet—and to help them understand it. National Geographic gave a presentation (or, at least, their avatars did) at the New Media Consortium’s Symposium for the Future in Second Life, an immersive, 3-D virtual world.

NMC staff created an evocative base camp for us, with a campfire and tent, tall grass, binoculars, laptop, and the requisite pith helmet…

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DIY Street View Camera

As part of a course at the United States Military Academy at West Point, maker Roy D. Ragsdale developed aprototype Street View-like camera using a laptop, $300 in off-the-shelf components, and open source software. A Python script captures eight 1280x1024px JPEG files that are then stitched together and uploaded to Google Earth.

More information be found in the IEEE SPECTRUM 10-09 Magazine page 14