3D printing’s popularity is on the rise, and there is good reason for this. What can be done and achieved with 3D printing is all but unheard of up until this point in society. But most of us have focused on the fairly shallow aspects of it. Look, it can build Batman armor that looks picture perfect! While it has many ‘fun’ uses, we as a society have begun to wonder what other areas of life 3D printing can improve. While building superhero armor is cool and impressive, the real question is, are people aware of how this can applied to science and aerospace technology, and just how far an advancement this could potentially be? We are on the doorstep of a technological breakthrough the likes of which this world hasn’t seen before. The aerospace industry, when merged with the technology of 3D printing, shows us just what this new movement is really capable of. While Batsuits are awesome, how about the fact that we are talking about using 3D printing to streamline an entire industry, whilst ultimately advancing it greatly. Super hero suits are cool, but we are talking about actual space here. This isn’t science fiction. This is becoming science fact.
Can you believe it’s been almost 20 years since Jurassic Park came to theaters? To celebrate, Universal is converting the film to 3D for a theatrical re-release. We’ve got a gallery of images from the movie that’s guaranteed to stir up your nostalgia, along with a special trailer and the killer movie poster. [Read more…]
A couple of days ago I found a link to a video of a college student who was recreating the popular Arkham Horror board game for the PC. It wasn’t an official release by Fantasy Flight Games, but rather a graduation requirement for school. Her plan seems to be pretty solid. Since this is a school project, EU law covers this as fair use and she intends to present this post-grad to the guys from FFG and see if some partnership can be struck.
In the meantime, Andi needs your help. She’s looking for beta testers till Feb 5 2012. You may be an Arkham Horror fan — or a fan of board games in general and getting a free download definitely won’t hurt. The game looks epic. One of the things I never liked about Arkham Horror was that there were just too many expansions to play and I got into it pretty late. The game’s setup is also pretty tedious as you’ll need about 3 square meters of space to get this game really going. This digital edition solves everything.
It must be noted that this isn’t just a direct port of the game. It’s a “3D interactive” version of Arkham Horror where you actually walk around the board and do stuff.
The game is currently only available on the PC with support for old school LAN. VoIP support for multiplayer to be added in the future. But as of now, let’s give Andi our full support to make this game a reality!
Every now and then, you come across artwork that takes your breath away. I am no art expert, but I can appreciate good work. Sometimes, even those pieces of art that I don’t understand, I can feel good about. This new set of drawings that I came across, though, I totally get. I don’t know how the guy does it, but these 3D drawings are so amazing you just can’t stop looking at them.
The artist: FredoART from DeviantART. He goes by the name Fredo, although his real name is Wladimir Inostroza. This guy is only 20 years old, and he is from Santiago, Chile. He loves rock music and loves playing with reality with his art. All these details kind of fade into the background though, when faced with the artist’s talent.
Basically, he draws 3D images on paper, making the end result look anything like drawings. To add to the realistic effect, he also incorporates real objects in his work. Just take a look at some of his 3D drawings to see what I mean.
I suppose anyone can draw a bottle. Heck, even I can draw the outlines of a bottle. But how many people do you know can make a drawing of a bottle look like a real bottle placed atop a sketchpad?
Isn’t that a pretty amazing sight?
It gets better, though. A bottle is simple, but how about an animal?
I am not particularly fond of birds with huge eyes that can startle the heck out of you, but this is WOW!
Fredo is not content with small animals. You know that proverbial elephant in the room? You can literally have one if you have this drawing.
It looks to me that the elephant is trying to fight its way out of the sketchpad, and I love how the trunk curls up so that the end looks as if it were actually not drawn on the paper.
I don’t know what this is supposed to be, but I think it is the piece that has the most effect on me. I don’t know why, but I am mesmerized.
For more of Fredo’s awesome 3D drawings, visit his DeviantART page. ((Fredo’s DeviantART profile))
As a child my mother didn’t have the disposable income necessary to provide my brother and I with the latest and greatest toys on the market. Instead, on rare occasions we received a G.I. Joe action figure, but more often than not we were presented with a plastic bag of small, green, army figures. These figures and our imagination occupied much of our formative years. [Read more…]
Fans of Star Wars and Star Trek no doubt dream of the day when a 3D, 360-degree, on-demand, immersive, digital environment is made a reality for any and all who want it. [Read more…]
Big news for 3D movies: All six Star Wars films are coming to theaters with full 3D conversions. Only unlike recent films that were filmed in 2D and converted to 3D with less-than-spectacular results (*cough*ClashoftheTitans), this being Star Wars, Lucasfilm is not rushing the conversion process, using painstaking attention to detail to give it the best conversion possible.
“Getting good results on a stereo conversion is a matter of taking the time and getting it right,” says John Knoll of ILM. “It takes a critical and artistic eye along with an incredible attention to detail to be successful. It is not something that you can rush if you want to expect good results. For Star Wars we will take our time, applying everything we know both aesthetically and technically to bring audiences a fantastic new Star Wars experience.”
Sounds good, right? I mean, I love filling George Lucas‘ ultra-deep pockets to see yet another version of the movies we love so much, with ever-higher ticket prices, as much as the next guy.
But sadly, I must temper that enthusiasm with this: Lucas has decided to convert and release the 3D versions to theaters in chronological order. Meaning the first one to return to theaters in 3D will be The Phantom Suck, which will arrive sometime in 2012. If that movie is well received at the box office, Lucasfilm will then proceed to release each film sequentially, one year at a time. (I.E., Attack of the Clones would arrive in 2013, and so on, up to Return of the Jedi in 2017). Lucas will then release the six films in 3D on home video, by which time 3D televisions should be more prevalent.
So. Will you pay a higher ticket price to go see the Star Wars films again, in 3D?
“No glasses needed.” That was the message hammered home this morning at Nintendo’s E3 Media Briefing, where the new Nintendo 3DS was unveiled. No price or time frame was given, but E3 attendees are being offered the chance to play with the new device themselves.
Nintendo has not yet revealed the 3DS‘ full specs, but here’s what we do know. The touchscreen, on the lower panel, offers more precision than the DS’ touchscreen, and although there’s a “telescoping stylus” that comes with it, extending to four inches in size, players at E3 are being encouraged to use their fingers. The touchscreen has a 320×250 pixel resolution.
Up top is where the real magic happens, with a larger, 3.53-inch widescreen display. This display is where 3D imagery is shown, and as I noted before, Nintendo is most proud of the fact that its 3D gaming doesn’t require special glasses. It offers a 800×240 pixel resolution, which is a significant bump from the DS.