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You have to watch this….

datePosted on 10:39, March 21st, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Adam Savage talks about obsessions at TED….absolutely fascinating.

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Coraline takes fabbing to the next step…..

datePosted on 09:47, March 21st, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

CG Society has a great detailed article on the tech that went into creating the new 3D animated movie, Coraline . For those of you who don’t know fabbing — the technique used in creating the characters for this movie — is the process of 3D printing . The article explains the use of 3D scanning and printing in the new Neal Gaiman/Henry Selick movie about a little girl who finds a secret door to an “Other World”.

From the article:

The first stop motion filmed in stereoscopic 3D (S-3D) during production, Selick wanted to tackle an even bigger accomplishment: creating a true stop motion film with the smooth facial transitions of CG animation in a hands-on medium.

The answer to this quest was to use replacement animation, where one stop motion puppet face is progressively swapped for another slightly different expression with the needed smile, frown, or appropriate eyebrow position.… Read the rest

Teradici PCoIP makes me happy: Initial Review….

datePosted on 13:48, March 20th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

So after covering the initial annoucement of Teradici’s PC over IP product, I received an email asking to see if I wanted to review the product. I said yes, since we have been looking for a remoting technology to consolidate all our lab PC’s and Mac’s at the university and we could potentially end up using a Teradici or similar product in the future.

I’ve only spent 4-5 hours with the hardware and some of that time was wasted as I didn’t do my usual RTFM. So please keep that in mind as you read through. The package comes in two parts: the PCoIP Host Card — which is a 1 x PCI express card with the Tera1200 PCoIP host chip — and the PCoIP Desktop Portal, which is a small device that houses the Tera1100 PCoIP Portal
chip and connectors.… Read the rest

Topps 3D Live does Augmented Reality Baseball Cards…..

datePosted on 23:18, March 14th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Yep, this must be the newest trick advertisers are devising to get our attention. Michael Eisner’s company is trying really hard to make baseball card collecting cool again, by releasing Augmented Reality enhanced cards. You pick these things up for a buck or two, come home and hold the card in front of your webcam and through the magic of Augmented Reality, a 3D representation of your favorite player, complete with stats will pop up on top of the card.

Mr. Eisner’s company is not the first though, there was a German Mini advertisement that placed a Mini Cabrio on a magazine through some AR magic. So what’s next….I don’t know…..what do you think?

Oh and before I forget…..If you want to try out the Mini Cabrio Ad for yourself, grab this PDF file , print if and head over here to see it work.… Read the rest

Sixth Sense: You really need to see this.

datePosted on 22:45, March 14th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Well, I watched it and came across a couple of comments. First was “Holodeck is now one step closer” and right below it “Skynet is nearly Self-aware”. I guess I’ll leave it up to you to decide if you want to go on a “Star” trek or Terminate now :-). Just watch it, it’s 8 minutes of wonder.

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Asus announces Eee Keyboard….

datePosted on 19:09, March 7th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Asus recently announced their new Eee Keyboard. Sounds kinda interesting, the keyboard is packing a 5-inch built-in display, a 1.6 GHz Atom processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB SSD drive, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. As far as ports, it’s got wireless HDMI, 2 USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI and audio in/out. Yes, there have been keyboard/computer combos before, but what sets the Eee Keyboard apart, I think, is the fact that it supports wireless HDMI….The perfect gift for the coach potato in your life. Kinda reminds me of a Macbook without the display :-).

LaserTouch….Multitouch using a projection TV and Lasers….

datePosted on 22:52, February 18th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Yep you heard right….freaking lasers…..yummy. These guys have managed to turn a rear-projection TV into a multitouch surface using IR lasers. Absolutely fantastic as it (using lasers) makes the whole design a lot simpler and gets rid of the the tracking problems associated with regular IR LED based tables and ambient IR light. Although the original laser idea comes from arbi.trario.us gang, stuffing everything inside a 16″ deep tv is a nice touch :-).

Below is a good rundown of the pros and cons of this setup vs. FTIR:

Pros
  • Excellent tracking results, even with lots of ambient IR light.
  • Zero-force: Feels very natural to work with.
  • Comparatively easy to build.
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3D scanning for cheap(er)…..

datePosted on 22:25, February 18th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Well 3D scanning is coming within reach, slowly but surely. 3d3solutions announced their FlexScan3D solution that uses a simple projector and an SLR type digital camera to create a 3d mesh.

Using one or two digital cameras and a white light (presentation) projector FlexScan3D will scan a wide range of objects, faces, and body parts quickly and accurately.

The projector or laser puts reference patterns on to the scan target to aid accurate digitalization. The scene is captured using a camera or video camera. FlexScan3D’s 3D triangulation engine takes these images and creates millions of measurements of the scene. The process to acquire the data needed to create a 3D model is then completed in seconds.

FlexScan3D software is offered in 3 different packages: FlexScan3D Single, FlexScan3D Duo, and FlexScan Complete.… Read the rest

Would you like your PC over IP?

datePosted on 13:13, February 10th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Imagine if you could hide your 16 Core, Quad GPU, Nitro burning gaming PC in the closet in the basement. What if you could build the next University lab where all the highpowered CAD workstations where humming away in the machine room and you could actually “teach” in a quite classroom/lab. Fill in the rest of the scenarios yourself. The next wave in thin client computing is here and it’s name is Teradici. They don’t really make a end user product (they just make the custom compression chipsets), but companies like Leadtek have end user products on the market now.

Integration of Teradici‘s PCoIP remote enterprise desktop technology in Leadtek‘s WinFast VP200 enables delivery of a high-definition graphic and multimedia experience across standard IP networks, unmatched by any thin client on the market today.… Read the rest

Bug Labs Linux based Hardware gets major update….

datePosted on 19:21, January 11th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou

Bug Labs announced five new BUGmodules at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. At the Bug Labs Test Kitchen the team showcased several innovative new BUG applications which fully demonstrate the endless possibilities of BUG, the open source modular consumer electronics platform. Each BUGmodule represents a specific gadget function (e.g. a camera, a keyboard, a video output, etc.) that can be snapped to the BUGbase, a programmable Linux-based mini-computer with four available BUGmodule slots.

The five new BUGmodules are:

  • BUGprojector, a mini pico-projector module, incorporating DLP® Pico™ technology from Texas Instruments. With a native resolution of 480×320 pixels, stereo playback and a brightness of 9 lumens, users can project videos, photos and presentations on the go.
  •  BUGsound, an audio module, providing a flush-mount 20-mm speaker and omnidirectional microphone with hardware stereo codecs and four 3.5-mm stereo jacks for third-party inputs, outputs, headphones and microphones.
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