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The Future of Virtual Reality

The Future of Virtual Reality

(NSFW: Nudity) An amazing if not a bit creepy demonstration of how lifelike 3D scans of human models become when viewed with an Oculus Rift in combination with the motion controls of the Razer Hydra. More here.

Structure Sensor

Structure Sensor

It’s not the first 3D scanner we’ve seen, but this one clips to your iPad and can scan people and rooms. The Structure Sensor has already blown through its crowdfunding goal, so move quick if you still want one of the early units.

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3D Model from 2D Photo

3D Model from 2D Photo

An impressive tech demo of 3-Sweep, which can quickly generate 3D models from just a single photographic image. Sure, it’s not perfect – it can’t see hidden surfaces, and has trouble with fuzzy edges, but it’s still freaking impressive.

Cryengine Tech Demo

Cryengine Tech Demo

The guys behind Crysis show off some of the incredible new visual effects their game engine can crank out, along with some of the technical bits that developers will enjoy watching too. The procedural weather system is truly awesome.

Through the Never (Trailer)

Through the Never (Trailer)

While we’ve had it up to here with movies being released in 3D for no good reason, we’re thinking that Metallica’s epic new concert film – which entwines a story about a roadie on a mission – will be well worth a watch in IMAX 3D.

Donkey Kong/Escher 3D Chalk Art

Donkey Kong/Escher 3D Chalk Art

While we still ponder how we managed to draw a cube that one time in art class sophomore year, Chris Carlson impresses with this 3D chalk art time lapse of Donkey Kong versus Escher; bonus stop-motion scene included.

3DMark 11: Fire Strike Demo

3DMark 11: Fire Strike Demo

Since most of us don’t have graphics cards that can keep up with 3DMark’s coolest tech demos, here’s a full 1080p look at their Fire Strike demo, which will put all but the best systems through the ringer.

Holly Wood Digital Sculptures

Holly Wood Digital Sculptures

Holly Wood is a series of computer-generated wooden sculptures from French artists Tony and Emmanuelle Lugand that features some of our most beloved pop culture, media and gaming icons.

CryEngine 3 Tech Demo

CryEngine 3 Tech Demo

A brief demonstration of the new and improved CryEngine 3 3D graphics engine, loaded with buzzwords like “Dynamic Water Volume Caustics” and “Tesselated Vegetation” (1080p version here)

BeamNG Physics Engine

BeamNG Physics Engine

While game physics continue to get better and better, we’re truly impressed by the dramatic soft-body physics of the BeamNG engine, capable of making car crashes more realistic than ever.

Titanic Super 3D

Titanic Super 3D

It’s now clear that James Cameron was more interested in diving to the deepest part of the ocean than keeping hold of the reigns for the Titanic Re-Release. My Heart Will Dub On ftw.

Outerra Engine Demo

Outerra Engine Demo

This fan-made clip shows off the 3D planetary rendering engine Outerra, capable of generating high-res fractal landscapes, with integrated vehicle and aircraft physics. Windows tech demo DL here.

See Through 3D Desktop

See Through 3D Desktop

Jinha Lee designed the See Through 3D Desktop while interning at Microsoft Applied Sciences Group. It allows users to easily transition from a keyboard to direct interaction with the virtual space.

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True 3D Display

True 3D Display

AIST and Keio University have invented a device that projects true three-dimensional images in mid-air or underwater. Two things: the flicker isn’t bad in person, and holy crap, that kid is an engineer?!

BEAT

BEAT

We have a hard time believing this wonderfully choreographed animation is Or Bar-El’s “first attempt at 3D animation.” Sure, the shapes are primitive, but the storytelling is masterful.

Before Pixar

Before Pixar

This archival footage dates back to 1972, and is the first 3D rendered film created by Ed Catmull, who would later go on to found Pixar, and is now President of Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.

Sony HMZ-T1 OLED Goggles

Sony HMZ-T1 OLED Goggles

Sony promises a virtual screen size of over 750 inches with their 720p HD OLED head-mounted display, capable of showing movies and games in 3D, as well as 5.1 surround sound.

Fotonica

Fotonica

Think Mirror’s Edge done in wireframe mode or Cannabalt in 3D, and you’ve got a good idea of what to expect from Fotonica. Check out the online demo version on Kongregate now.

Unlimited Detail Tech Demo

Unlimited Detail Tech Demo

Euclideon claims they’ve busted the polygon count limitations of graphic engines, providing insane amounts of detail in this early demo of their tech. Or is it just a scam? (Thanks, Michael!)

Alienware Projection Mapping

Alienware Projection Mapping

Besides using their computers for this high res rendering of the 3D projection mapping and film, Alienware’s Area 52 Airstream production also incorporates pyrotechnics and live action.

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Project Photofly

Project Photofly

Autodesk’s cloud-based application lets you upload multiple still digital images and automatically converts them into a 3D model. Learn how to get the best 3D models with the shooting guide here.

Project No.8 Redgreen Glasses

Project No.8 Redgreen Glasses
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Useful for viewing stereoscopic 3D images, but are you actually going to buy them for that? They’re quirky and looks good – it’s that simple. We love how the colors are cast on the wearer’s face.

Sony 3D PlayStation Display

Sony 3D PlayStation Display

This 24″ 3D LCD lets two players see different perspectives in 2D full-screen mode at once. $500 gets you the display, an HDMI cable, one pair of active 3D glasses, and Motorstorm: Apocalypse.

What Is Up?

What Is Up?

The planning that went into this projection mapping really makes it shine. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into a site-specific theater piece from the creative professionals at URBANSCREEN.

The Bellows March

The Bellows March

Using a zoetrope, 3D software and a 3D printer, Eric Dyer tells a mesmerizing story about the cycle of creation and destruction in his loopy, candy-like short film The Bellows March. (Thanks Hillary!)

The Smurfs (Trailer)

The Smurfs (Trailer)

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world smack dab into the middle of Central Park in Raja Gosnell’s live action-CGI The Smurfs.

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