Creates environments for 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage, Cinema4D, Lightwave
Oregon-based 3D software maker e-on has announced that its Ozone 2014 atmosphere generator plug-in for popular 3D programs is now available. The company says the produce produces "ultra-realistic" environments with volumetric clouds, accurate light dispersion and "natural phenomena such as 'Godrays'." The accurately-simulated environment can affect other scene elements and flows organically in accordance with natural behaviors. The new version offers a number of improvements.
Contextual roads, support buildings, previously-unseen fountain among highlights
A new video by 3D mapping firm Technology Integration Services, based on publicly-available information about Apple's forthcoming "spaceship"-shaped Campus 2, has created a 3D video "flyover" of the campus that brings together known and little-featured details to portray the compound as it will look in 2016 when construction is expected to be complete. The video places the campus in context to its surroundings, and shows not just the main office building but the extensive landscaping and support structures.
Devices uses filament spools with post-consumer recycled plastic
Coca-Cola and 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems have debuted the Ekocycle Cube 3D printer. Based on the company's Cube 3D printer, the new device uses specially-formulated spools of raw material that use 25 percent post-consumer recycled materials unique to this printer line.
Omron Okao Vision claimed to power 3D effect in rumored Amazon smartphone
Amazon's rumored smartphone, expected to launch on June 18th, uses Okao Vision technogy in order for its 3D functionality to work, according to a report. Created by Omron and modified by Amazon's engineers, Okao Vision will allow the smartphone to track the user's face for navigating the user interface, thanks to a collection of four front-mounted infrared cameras.
Device could be rumored smartphone, testimonials indicate visual tracking
A teaser video from Amazon gives some clues to a new device being launched later this month. The company will be announcing a new device on June 18, which many believe will be the long-rumored smartphone. Amazon doesn't say what the device is going to be, but clues can be picked in up various places. By looking at the reactions in the video and seeing other small clues in the invite requests, conclusions can be drawn to the release of the phone with a 3D interface.
Dynamism announces Ultimaker 2 desktop 3D printer
Technology producer Dynamism has announced the launch of its new desktop 3D printer, the Ultimaker 2. Focusing on a user-friendly design, the printer utilizes an open filament system, allowing for use of any brand of filament. Small enough to fit in a working or living environment, the Ultimaker 2 features printing speeds of up to 300mm per second and 0.02mm layer resolution. Priced at $2900, Dynamism's latest 3D printer can be purchased online.
Dual color printer brings cost to $1200, opens up printing to more consumers
Electronics retailer Monoprice has announced that it will start selling its dual-color extrusion 3D printer at the end of the month. The unit, which was first shown at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, is the first 3D printer to be released from the company. The offering marks yet another expansion by Monoprice into other areas of consumer electronics. The company has gone well beyond its early offering of cables, and since branched out into game electronics and music instruments.
UC Berkeley was birthplace of BSD Unix kernel used in OS X, iOS
Apple has again expanded its Maps program for both iOS and OS X by adding 3D "Flyover" support for the east side of the San Francisco Bay Area, including the city of Berkeley and its University of California campus, which by happenstance is the birthplace of the original UNIX used as the foundation of both OS X and iOS. The 3d Flyover feature has generally been regarded as one of Maps' best features, alongside turn-by-turn driving navigation.
Atlantis Productions announces upcoming wildlife documentary to be created for Oculus Rift headset
Atlantic Productions has announced its plan to create wildlife programming for virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift. Sir David Attenborough is said to be fronting the production, entitled Conquest of the Skies. Currently filming in Borneo, Conquest of the Skies could potentially be the first major wildlife production made available for the new tech gear, offering a 360-degree visual experience. Atlantic has already created natural history productions through its Sky 3D joint venture firm Colossus Productions, with the upcoming project for use with Oculus Rift being treated as an opportunity for pursuing a new film medium.
No Glasses 3D tablet can convert 2D images to 3D
A tablet promising glasses-free 3D has been launched by accessory maker Hammacher Schlemmer. The No Glasses 3D tablet sports an 8-inch LCD display that can display a different image to each eye when seen from straight ahead, in a similar way to how one of the screens on the Nintendo 3DS operates, with the company claiming to do it without "uncomfortable, color-distorting lenses."
3D Systems developing 3D printing line for Project Ara module construction
Motorola's modular smartphone has taken one more step into becoming a reality, thanks to a multi-year agreement with a manufacturing partner. 3D Systems has agreed to create a "continuous high-speed 3D printing production platform" for Project Ara, and ultimately creating modules as "Motorola's exclusive fulfillment partner" if it completes the platform's development.
Trial by Walmart-owned store could lead to similar US service
A supermarket chain in the United Kingdom is going to provide its customers a 3D printing service as part of a trial. Asda, a chain owned by Walmart, will start scanning objects and people at one of its stores for later printing, with a view to being the first in the country to provide in-store 3D printing nationwide, alongside its existing printing services.
Third-generation Sony 3D Personal Viewer up for pre-order
Sony has made its HMZ-T3W available for pre-order. As we discovered in our hands-on with the device, it is much improved over the original HMZ-T1 that we reviewed in April last year. The new third-generation model is improved in every regard and in addition to giving fatigue-free 3D viewing thanks to zero-cross talk, users can now take the device out of the house for on the go viewing.
New Amazon report expands on earlier smartphone rumors
More rumors have surfaced concerning two possible Amazon smartphones. Fresh from the launch of refreshed Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablet lines late last month, the online retailer is said to be still working on a pair of mobile devices, with one said to have a similar 3D user interface and eye tracking system as reported about earlier this year.
Sony continues refining its HMZ-series Personal 3D View with the T3
Following IFA Berlin, Electronista has had a further opportunity to get hands on with the third-generation Sony Personal 3D Viewer, the HMZ-T3. We gave the original HMZ-T1 a full review as recently as April of 2012 and felt that wasn’t quite ready for prime time -- it was potentially uncomfortable to wear, though it offered possibly the best 3D viewing experience around. It is merely 18 months down the track, but Sony seems determined to get this product right with a speedy revision cycle – so how does the new model stack up?
Program helps create 3D game assets, supports Unity and Unreal engines
3D software developer Autodesk has unveiled a new 3D modeling and animation program specifically aimed at game developers called Maya LT 2014. The program, drawn from the full 3D Maya suite, tailors the company's abilities in rendering and animation to the needs of mobile and indie game developers, including out-of-the-box support for the Unity 3D and Unreal engines for better integration into development workflows.
Can stream video over 5GHz WHDI connection with mobile devices, media players
BenQ has added another projector to its 3D-capable range of devices. The W1500 can project a 1080p-resolution 3D video measuring 84 inches in size from as little as six feet away, and is said to be the first wireless projector to have a built-in 5GHz Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI), for uncompressed 1080p video from AV sources without HDMI cables.
BlackSapphire SL screens include passive 3D, XinemaSound 3D audio
JVC has revealed a pair of smart TVs it will be releasing later this summer. The BlackSapphire SL range in 47-inch and 42-inch versions are edge-lit LED HDTVs with an "adaptive backlight," and have a design that not only uses a thin bezel with a slim frame, but is also supplied perched upon a half-pipe television stand.
Doctor Who, natural history shows last created in 3D trial
A trial of television broadcasts in 3D in the United Kingdom is going to be put on hold at the end of the year. The BBC intends to stop creating new shows in 3D for a three-year period, citing a combination of disappointing viewing figures and an overall viewing experience that is expensive and difficult for many viewers to undertake.
BBC shows final matches of UK tennis tournament in 3D for third year
The BBC will be broadcasting the finals of the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 3D for the third year running, despite the low numbers of 3D-capable HDTV owners in the country. The finals and semi-finals in both the men's and women's competitions will be shown live on the broadcaster's "Red Button" service in the United Kingdom in 3D, as part of the corporation's trials with 3D content.
Additional improvements will be iterated rather than monolithic
Mirye Software has announced a forthcoming major new version of its Shade 3D software, version 14, and a change in the way it handles updates. The company will abandon the "monolithic" periodic release model and instead distribute feature updates to Shade 14 throughout its life cycle, the company says. Initial new features in Shade v14 that cover all versions (Basic, Standard and Professional) include a line offset tool, a redesigned 3D text tool, support for the STL format for industrial and commercial 3D printing and more.
Advanced game features multi-monitor support, 3D, more
The graphically-violent third-person shooter Max Payne 3 is coming to the Mac App Store beginning on Thursday, June 20. The game is reported to "include a number of advanced graphics options, scaleable high-resolution textures and character models, DirectX11 features, multi-monitor support and 3D," according to the announcement from Rockstar Games, and has exceptionally high Mac system requirements.
Audio-only streaming device also claimed as being developed
A report claims that Amazon is creating a number of devices, including two smartphones and an audio-only device said to be designed for streaming. Though there are little in the way of details for the gadgets, one of the two phones is said to use a screen capable of showing 3D images without the need to wear special glasses.
Desktop 3D printer offers color, 25-micron accuracy, simple setup
A new 3D printer from botObjects is said to be the first in the world to perform full color 3D prints on a desktop. The ProDesk3D aims to improve existing 3D printing products aimed at end users, such as the MakerBot range of devices, by offering a desktop printer that is touted to combine high accuracy with a mature physical design, as well as simplifying the 3D printing process.
Nokia starts Music+ subscription service in US for Lumia phones
Nokia has started up its Music+ subscription service in the United States, after launching in other territories in January. The subscription, costing $4 per month, expands on the existing free Mix Radio service on Lumia devices by offering an unlimited number of track skips for mixes, and allowing for downloads of multiple mixes. The audio quality is said to be eight times that of the free tier, and provides the option of allowing higher-quality streams to be played over a Wi-Fi connection compared to a lower quality over a mobile network.
New NX-series flagship
Many of the headlining products at CES have focused on 3D display technology, but Samsung introduced a new NX-series camera/lens pairing that enables consumers to record their own 3D videos and stills—from a single lens. Electronista took an early look at the new NX300 camera, which now serves as the NX flagship, along with the 3D prime lens.
Smart TV features in many, top range includes 2D-3D coversion
Panasonic has outlined its 2103 Viera lines of LCD and plasma HDTVs, with a wide array of options available for future TV buyers. A total of 32 televisions have been detailed by the company, divided equally between plasma-based and non-plasma, and have been split into five plasma screen series and seven LED-based LCD display ranges.
Device manufacturers to test smaller 3D sensor mid-2013
PrimeSense, a company that works on motion-sensing technology and helped Microsoft bring the Xbox 360's Kinect to market, is set to reveal a new embedded 3D sensor. The Capri 1.25 will be shown off at CES in January, and is said by the company to have a small form factor and relatively low cost compared to other 3D-sensing devices.
Netherlands, Belgium first to get Staples Easy 3D service
Staples is going to offer 3D printing to model designers in some of its European stores from early 2013. Called Staples Easy 3D, the office retailer will allow customers located in the Netherlands and Belgium to print out full-color objects from their own files, and then to either pick them up from a local store or have them shipped to their address.
Claim by 3D Systems alleges patent infringement
A manufacturer of 3D printers is suing Formlabs and crowdfunding site Kickstarter for an alleged patent infringement. The suit claims that the Form 1 3D printer infringes on a US patent owned by 3D Systems relating to stereolithography, and comes less than a month after the printer finished its highly-successful Kickstarter funding drive.
New particle system allows for easier environmental effect application
E-on Software today announced the formal unveiling of its upcoming Vue 11 product line, scheduled for release in November. The company is offering professional users under a maintenance contract a download of the pre-release version of Vue 11 xStream and Infinite, the latest production-driven version of its professional solutions for the creation, animation and rendering of natural 3D environments.
Low-budget 3D printer uses Stereolithography
A new 3D printer has more than quadrupled its initial target on its first day on Kickstarter. The Form 1 from Formlabs had an original target of $100,000, and currently stands at over $400,000 with 29 days of the Kickstarter campaign left to go. Instead of the extruded plastic used by other low-budget printers such as the Makerbot Replicator, the Form 1 opts to use Stereolithography (SL).
Revised headset loses weight, gains remote control
Sony has named a date and price for its Personal 3D Viewer in Japan. The HMZ-T2, announced at the end of last month and replacing the HMZ-T1, will reach Japanese retailers by October 13th for 70,000 yen ($900) and will be shown off to members of the public visiting the Tokyo Game Show later this year.
Sony Personal 3D Viewer picks up welcome revisions
Sony has revamped its Personal 3D Viewer with the new HMZ-T2 model. While we at Electronista appreciated Sony’s first generation Personal 3D Viewer (HMZ-T1), it was not without its shortcomings. The revisions for its second generation address perhaps the greatest weakness of its predecessor by shaving its weight down by a substantial 20 percent.
Deals on HDTVs, iPods, and more
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Glasses-free 3D expands up to 28 viewpoints
Technology company Dimenco is demonstrating its new 23-inch 3D gaming monitor at the SID show in Boston. The display, using Dimenco Dynamic View, shows off a glasses-free 3D image, last seen being used by Nissho for a 52-inch screen about a year ago. The patent-pending technology is claimed to allow for up to 28 different viewpoints of the screen without any extra eyewear instead of a single fixed point for viewing as in typical stereoscopic 3D screens.
Awarded patent on 3D biometric object detection
Apple, which has been working and gaining patents for 3D and face-recognition technologies for several years, was awarded another one yesterday for a novel way of creating 3D models out of two-dimensional data. The work in this area started in earnest when Apple purchased Swedish firm Polar Rose in 2010, and has wide implications for commercial applications. One application could be for future iOS or Mac security logins.
Uses parallax view for 3D perspective
Google has further enhanced its use of WebGL to now add more 3D perspective to buildings seen on its MapsGL project, an alternative version of Google Maps (which received the improvement in March). The improvements now add a "parallax" view that allows users to pan around buildings and see them from different angles while still in overhead view. The buildings become translucent in order to avoid obscuring roadways or other landmarks while panning, and are most noticeable on taller buildings.
Change will allow for 60FPS 3D
Sony announced Tuesday that all owners of its Digital Cinema 4K products will be able to apply a software upgrade to their projectors that will improve the frame rate for video playback. The upgrade will improve image quality both in 2D and 3D content, raising the maximum frame rate from the standard 24 frames per second (FPS) to 48FPS for 2D content and 60FPS for 3D content.
3D program incorporates numerous changes
Autodesk has released a demo version of Maya 2013, originally released earlier this month, which is now available for 64-bit Intel Mac users running Snow Leopard (10.6.5 or higher) or Lion with a certified graphics card. The new version introduces numerous changes to the program, but has met with some criticism from users, who complain that Maya is not keeping up with the pace of changes set by competing programs such as Blender and Modo.
Both offer significant new features
Hot on the heels of the day's earlier release of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (Developer Preview 3), Apple has released a new beta of the forthcoming Safari 5.2 as well as a preview of programming tool Xcode 4.4, reports AppleInsider. Both updates bring noticeable new features to the programs, but both are only for developers and require an Apple Developer account to access. Safari gains SVG filters and other improvements, while Xcode now supports 3D documents.
Compatible with AutoCAD, other 3D programs
Flush with success from its iOS product line, Autodesk is expanding its presence on the Mac platform by releasing a "technology preview" version of Inventor Fusion, its first 3D direct modeling software for the Mac. Users can open and edit 3D models from other programs and incorporate them into new or existing designs, including those from AutoCAD and other Autodesk programs.
3D program adds sky, irradiance, gamma abilities
E Frontier and Mirye Software are teasing features of the next version of Shade, the two companies' 3D rendering, modeling and animation program. The new version, called Shade 13, is accessible through Shade X, an early-access channel for paid subscribers. So far, the companies have offered sneak peeks at three new features: advanced irradiance caching, real-time gamma correction and a sky-generation feature.
Would use various techniques to gauge depth
A patent has been awarded to Apple for "Image Capture Using Three-Dimensional Reconstruction," a method that may improve upon existing 3D imaging devices such as still and video cameras by overcoming the weaknesses of the two main types of 3D sensors already in existence. As outlined in Apple's patent application, currently devices can approximate depth but can't accurately reproduce 3D geometry, while other sensors are better with shapes but bad with depth.
Tech allows viewer to focus beyond glasses
Microsoft has filed a patent application for a "laser-scanning virtual image display," which is described as a compact display system that can be built into glasses, helmets or goggles. Head-mounted displays are not new, however the patent application describes a method for projector-based presentation rather than placing a small LCD panel directly in front of each eye.
All nine new models will arrive next month
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, Panasonic showed off its new lineup of camcorders for 2012. With the arrival of the new models imminent, the company has announced pricing for its range of consumer and prosumer HD camcorders, ranging from $1,200 down to $250. The top of the line is represented by the 3MOS sensor-using HC-X900M, while other models offer full HD, 3D and even a waterproof design.
Content to be aired on BBC HD channel
The BBC has reportedly committed to broadcasting some of the London 2012 Olympics Games in 3D. Events to be aired in 3D include the Olympic Opening Ceremony, the closing ceremony, the men's 100m final, and the nightly highlights program, among others.
Sony tries new approach with 3D Library concept
Sony is attempting to reinvigorate consumer interest in its 3D products in Australia by introducing 3D lending libraries in its Sony Center stores. The new Sony 3D Library offers users who own 3D-capable TVs the opportunity to loan 3D digital imaging products including video cameras, as well as 3D movies and 3D games. The first of its kind program is offering users the opportunity to try the items out for three days free of charge and is available to customers regardless of whether their 3D TV is a Sony Bravia or otherwise.
New rendering engine simulates environment, time
Architects can take their designs to the next level, creating fly-throughs that offer physical simulation of light, reflections, time-of-day adjustability, water and sky renderings to achieve extremely realistic presentations based on Google SketchUp drawings with e-on Software's LumenRT 2, now available for Mac and Windows. The plug rendering solution for SketchUp uses an entirely new rendering engine that brings Vue environmental technology to design drawings.
3D at budget price
HP is among the many companies embracing 3D technology, and its 2311gt monitor aims to make the technology an affordable upgrade. The 23-inch monitor works as a standard 2D display, or as a 3D panel when combined with passive 3D glasses. In our full review, we will see how the company’s passive 3D technology stacks up against pricier active-shutter tech.