With inFORM, a Dynamic Shape Display - created by MIT - a digital user can physically render 3-D content through an iPad. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it; for example, moving objects on the table's surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance.
Entries in 3-D (27)
Skype is about to take your remote meetings 3-D.
The Microsoft-owned company is working on 3-D video calling technology that will probably be released in the next few years. We’re guessing it will be especially attractive to larger companies that need to be able to realistically network and meet with remote employees and customers.
A Microsoft rep told BBC that the high availability and lower price tags of consumer-level 3-D projectors and screens have made 3-D video calls feasible for the first time. The difficulty will lie in capturing the 3-D image, since multiple cameras will need to be pointed at the client’s computer, all at precisely the right angle.
If it sounds like a lot of work, we agree. It’s possible that 3-D video conferencing won’t catch on until the set-up and use are as easy as the original Skype.
NASA announced earlier this week that they are paying $125,000 to study the use of 3-D printing technology to create food in space.
We already know that, apparently, guns can be 3-D printed and fired. But printing edible—let alone palatable—food? This I've got to see.
The idea behind the project is to use generic mixes of starch, protein and fat as “food-type elements” (gross), and then add flavorings with an inkjet device. Sure, it sounds far-fetched, but if NASA can nail this, missions to Mars and beyond will be all but solved.
Check out the video to see an initial experiment, in which the researcher produced a chocolate-covered cookie using a 3-D printer. Next up? A 3-D printed pizza!
The researchers are looking beyond space travel and hope that their findings can be used in military environments or to help solve food shortage challenges around the world.
Get your 3-D printed gun blueprints!
As you've probably read, blueprints for the world's first 3-D printed gun, “The Liberator,” are now available online and, not surprisingly, causing quite a stir.
"The Liberator" blueprints are available at DefCad.com. For now, you need an industrial-level 3-D printer, and proper training, to create a 3-D gun. But the company that designed the printable gun wants to modify the design for use in a less-expensive hobbyist 3-D printer.
As of today, the blueprints have been downloaded more than 70,000 times, probably, as MSNBC points out, by a lot of curious people and only a few actual 3-D printer folks. But this development is already begging a lot of interesting questions: Are 3-D printed guns actually legal? (Legislation is in the works to ban all-plastic 3-D printed guns.) Are they safe? And, beyond guns, what else might be 3-D printed in the future?
Legislators are concerned that 3-D plastic guns will be too difficult to spot with metal detectors, enabling the owners to sneak them into otherwise restricted areas, like schools and airports. You might argue that the damage is already done, since the blueprints have been strewn across the Internet for all to download. But what if the future holds blueprints of bombs and even more deadly guns?
What are your thoughts on these “Wiki Weapons”?
A Queen's University researcher has created a life-size 3-D video conferencing pod that allows people in different locations to video conference as if they are standing in front of each other.
"Why Skype when you can talk to a life-size 3-D holographic image of another person?" said professor Roel Vertegaal, director of the Human Media Lab.
With TeleHuman, two people simply stand infront of their own life-size cylindrical pods and talks to a 3-D hologram-like images of each other. Cameras capture and track 3-D video and convert into the life-size image.
The 3-D video image is visible 360 degrees around the pod, which allows the people to walk around it to see the other person's side or back.
The pod includes a 3-D projector, a 1.8 meter-tall translucent acrylic cylinder and a convex mirror.