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3D Explosions Comparison

3D Explosions Comparison

RED SIDE used computer graphics generated in Unreal Engine 5 to simulate various human-made explosions. The video starts with the minimal impact of a small firecracker and culminates with the deadly force of Tsar Bomba, the most powerful atomic bomb ever detonated.

3D Relief Painting

3D Relief Painting

Rather than using paint, artist bihuashiyuge uses plaster as her medium. Here, she shows off a bit of her sculpting technique as she creates an intricate 3D relief image of The Great Wall of China. Her 3D dragon is equally impressive.

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Elastic Band Perspective Drawing

Elastic Band Perspective Drawing

Drawing in perspective allows artists to create 2D images with the illusion of depth. Rob of BK Architecture shows us how you can easily create 2-point perspective by drawing along an elastic cord strung between two push pins manipulated by a paperclip. A single pushpin can be used to draw a fisheye perspective.

AI-Powered 3D Object Reconstruction

AI-Powered 3D Object Reconstruction

Two Minute Papers shows off a computer graphics tech that can create 3D objects from 2D images. Developed by NVIDIA, the University of Toronto, and the Vector Institute, the tech can work with as little as a single reference photo to produce a 3D model, materials, and lighting. The longer the AI runs, the more detail it extracts.

WAVES Playing Cards

WAVES Playing Cards

This 1st Edition deck from 52Kards features a mesmerizing optical illusion on the back that produces a sense of depth as you move them, making them perfect for showing off your cardistry moves. The symbols and face card designs echo the wavy line design, and they come packed in a matching tuck box.

Infinite Journeys CG Challenge

Infinite Journeys CG Challenge

CG creator pwnisher once again challenged artists to make frames for a collaborative video. This time, each creator was provided with a basic animation of the interior of a moving vehicle and let their imaginations run wild. 2448 artists participated. Here are the top 100 renders. And if you’ve 3 hours to spare, here are all of them.

First-Person Sonic the Hedgehog

First-Person Sonic the Hedgehog

The Sonic the Hedgehog series is known for its breakneck speeds, loop-de-loops, and corkscrews. Now we can see what Sonic sees from his perspective thanks to this first-person mod of the PC version of Sonic Generations, posted by Blue Vivacity. Be warned, you might not want to watch if you’re prone to motion sickness.

3D Illusion Window Display

3D Illusion Window Display

Created by ShaneF Motion Design, this incredible CGI rendering replaces the windows at the Zara SoHo NYC store with visuals that create the illusion that the store has been flooded with some kind of alien swarm. We’d love to see this done in real life using transparent LED screens.

Atari 2600 3D Voxel Art

Atari 2600 3D Voxel Art

Despite their primitive gameplay and rough graphics, we have a fond place in our hearts for the old Atari 2600. Mauri Helme pays tribute to the classic 8-bit console with a 3D voxel art animation, featuring scenes from Pitfall, River Raid, Frostbite, Keystone Kapers, and the oft-maligned E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Origin 3D Wood Maps

Origin 3D Wood Maps
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Based in Tahoe Woods, California, Origin Artwork creates awesome laser-cut wall art with a tremendous amount of depth and dimension. Their designs feature topographic maps of real world locations, fictitious places, and the occasional video game screen.

Google Project Starline

Google Project Starline

Google shows off the future of video calling with a prototype system that makes distant people feel like they’re sitting face-to-face in the same room. It uses multiple cameras, 3D depth sensors, high-speed video compression, and a “light field” display to convey an incredibly realistic sense of depth.

ScanMira 3D Scanning Mirror

ScanMira 3D Scanning Mirror

Scanning 3D models of objects used to require dedicated scanning equipment. But if you have an iPhone with FaceID, its cameras, sensors, and processing power can be used to grab scans. The ScanMira reflects the FaceID lenses by 90 degrees, so you can see what you’re scanning on-screen, resulting in higher-quality scans.

John Carpenter’s The Thing Lenticular Prints

John Carpenter’s The Thing Lenticular Prints
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Vice Press and Bottleneck Gallery created a duo of lenticular prints based on Drew Struzan’s chilling artwork for John Carpenter’s The Thing. The limited-edition poster and art prints feature a 3D motion illusion, and are available with either a dense paper backing or a thick polystyrene backing. Available 2.25.21 at 12pm EST.

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Unreal MetaHuman Creator

Unreal MetaHuman Creator

Epic Games is showing off an amazing computer graphics tool that connects to the cloud to create synthetic humans in minutes, rather than days or weeks. The models it creates are incredibly detailed and realistic and can be immediately exported for use in Unreal Engine. Check out two sample MetaHumans here.

Skydio 3D Scan

Skydio 3D Scan

Drone maker Skydio is showing off a slick piece of technology that could improve the safety of bridges and other structures. It allows a drone operator to select a location to be inspected, then charts a flight path and captures a 3D scan of the environment in real-time. Coming to the Skydio S2 and X2 drones later in 2020.

Dissolving Realities

Dissolving Realities

Visual effects artist RubenFro creates imaginative 3D worlds. He starts by capturing a point cloud matrix of locales using 360º cameras, then manipulates and renders the dots using a custom shader in Unity, resulting in incredible, ethereal imagery. This footage was captured in the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam.

The Life and Death of 3D

The Life and Death of 3D

(PG-13: Language) After a period of popularity in the 1950s, 3D movies all but vanished. Then, the gimmick made a huge comeback in the 2000s, even invading TV sets. Then, as quickly as it peaked, the boom was over. The Royal Ocean Film Society explores the history of 3D cinema, and what causes it to fail every time.

Polaroid 3D Effect

Polaroid 3D Effect

Game developer Matt Stark posted this mindbender of a video which uses computer graphics trickery to make it look like virtual Polaroid photos are portals to other environments. It’s a wild effect, and could be a very cool gameplay mechanic if incorporated into a video game.

ASCIICKER

ASCIICKER

Game fanatic Bluedrake42 takes a look inside of the truly unique visuals of MrGumix’s work-in-progress game ASCIICKER, which features a 3D world made up entirely out of ASCII text characters. What it currently lacks in gameplay, it makes up for in creativity. You can play around with it in your web browser here.

360° Photo Sphere

360° Photo Sphere

This mind-bending creation is a full color, 3D-printed spherical object that’s been layered with a full-color 360° panoramic image. If you don’t have a full color 3D printer handy, there are a couple of options for these on the market including Scandy Spheres and the less expensive Snapspheres.

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Volumetric Sound Display

Volumetric Sound Display

Scientists from the University of Sussex are developing a method of displaying 3D tactile images using ultrasonic waves. The system works by levitating a small plastic bead and rapidly maneuvering it to create a persistence of vision effect. If they can move more dots or move them faster, they could create more complex images.

Moncage

Moncage

Alpha Beta Gamer shows off early footage of an awesome puzzle game concept. Players manipulate a 3D box that contains other 3D scenes on each of its sides. As you line up objects on its sides, you can affect the other scenes to solve its levels. A demo version is available for Windows, and takes just about 15 minutes to complete.

Destructible Environment Demo

Destructible Environment Demo

Game developer Dennis Gustafsson is working on a voxel-based engine that features incredible environmental destruction physics. While the video posted by Bluedrake42 is lacking in gameplay, to see how the world reacts to damage is one of the holy grails of gaming we’ve been promised and has yet to be delivered.

Luci Immers Video Headset

Luci Immers Video Headset

The Luci Immers is a 1080p video headset that is small and weighs just 6.35oz. It works with both 2D and 3D content and simulates viewing a massive 85 ft diagonal screen viewed from about 65 ft away. It has USB-C and HDMI inputs. It’s available in three strap variants.

Insta360 Evo 3D Camera

Insta360 Evo 3D Camera

Insta360’s versatile shooter can be used as a standard camera or a 360º camera when folded. But unfold it and it turns into a 180º 3D camera. It can capture videos at up to 5.7K, features electronic image stabilization, and a built-in hyperlapse mode.

Super Mario 64 Reimagined

Super Mario 64 Reimagined

Game developer Nimso Ny presents his vision for a remaster of Super Mario 64. He made all of the models, textures, and animations from scratch. It covers only the castle area, but it’s so well made, we’d love to see the whole game. Windows users can download it here.

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