Waiting for Sony PS3 Home – 3D virtual online community? You will have to wait a bit longer.

August 30, 2008

If you have been waiting for the release of PS3 Home 3D virtual online community, you will have to wait until later in the year. Sony confirmed that they postponed the launch of the “Home” service, which is aimed at giving users a place to interact with other PS3 users, to early this year from last Winter.

We understand that we are asking PS3 and prospective PS3 users to wait a bit longer,” Sony Computer Entertainment Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said in a statement.

“But we have come to the conclusion that we need more time to refine the service to ensure a more focused gaming entertainment experience than what it is today.”

Source: halflifesource.com

3Dwalkthroughs.com is anxiously awaiting the release of Sony’s 3D virtual online commmunity. We are optimistic that it is going to set a new standard for what can be accomplished in a 3D virtual community. If it is as robust as we expect, it could also have a huge impact on how a 3D virtual platform and a social networking platform can be integrated to create a truly valuable experience…but I guess we will have to wait a while to find out.


Sixense – Advanced 3D Input Device

August 27, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com is excited to test out a device that has gotten rave reviews from the Nvision 08 industry conference. The device by a company called Sixense is being described as a more advanced Wiimote, although the functionality of Sixense is based on precise tracking relative to a base station and has the ability to react to movement in six degrees of freedom.

Apparently at the show, Sixense had demos of a variety of simple but impressive used of their device. The demos included a paintball game, a lightsabre simulator along with simple squash, golf, American football and baseball minigames.

Source: bit-tech.net

Here is a Youtube video which demonstrates the device.

As we have said in previous posts, the more accurate and responsive these tracking devices become, the more engaging will be the video games they are associated with. This Sixense device offers great potential to further the benefits of active gaming products and we are excited to test it out in person.


iHealthSpot – 3D Animations for Orthopedics and Physical Therapy Websites

August 25, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com picked up a press release of a Florida based company, iHealthSpot, that just announced the launch of its library of interactive patient education videos complete with 3D animations for orthopedics and physical therapy. This new interactive content will enhance the robust written and illustrated library that is available to all of the company’s medical practice website clients.

The current interactive video library includes 35 conditions and treatments for orthopedics and physical therapy. The videos are 3-4 minutes in length and include detailed visual information on causes, symptoms, surgical and non-surgical treatments and rehabilitation for each condition in easy to understand language. The company anticipates 50-60 total videos in the orthopedics and physical therapy specialty with dental and cosmetic surgery videos coming next and eventually will have a library covering all medical specialties. The content has been developed entirely in-house using the most detailed 3D model of the human anatomy available today.

iHealthSpot creates websites specifically geared to medical practices and the inclusion of impressive 3D animations on their certainly brings an additional value to their clients. If a patient can go onto their doctors website and get a better understanding of their injury or illness it could help to relieve alot of the anxiety that is associated with these types of events.
Source: Prweb.com press release


Airtouch – 3D Holograms You Can Touch

August 23, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com came across a new development by a company that it posted about several months ago. Provision Interactive Technologies, Inc. announced today that its next-generation, patented 3D Holographic display with its proprietary “Air Touch” technology interface will premiere at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

The system allows 14 different Intel-based products to float in the air, in 3D, approximately 36 inches in front of the 40-inch screen. Each product’s “air time” is about 30 seconds, allowing an audience to attentively watch the cool 3D hologram as it spins and turns. If the consumer is interested in a particular product, all he or she has to do is literally ‘touch’ the hologram. The software recognizes the interaction and prints out a marketing brochure or spec sheet on that particular product.

Source: CNNMoney.com

For more information about Provision’s products go here>>

This certainly sounds like a 3D technology that marketers will eat up assuming the price is somewhat reasonable. We are excited to see a live demo of this new technology.


Photosynth – 3D Walkthroughs Created from Photos

August 21, 2008


Microsoft has just has announced that Photosynth, its ground breaking 3D photo display technology, has moved from their demo stage and is now available for photographers to process and upload their own Photosynths. The free service works only on Windows XP and Vista, both for preparing and viewing Photosynths.

Photosynth automatically stitches together digital photographs to create abstract but high-resolution 3D re-creations (dubbed a synth) of photos submitted by users. Previously, the website had some ready made demos but Microsoft just announced they have upgraded the photosynth website to allow everyone to upload up to 20GB of photos.

3Dwalkthroughs.com believes as this technology continues to improve it will have some Legitimate commercial applications. Based on the latest release of Photosynth’s new website along with some of the articles I have read on their plans for this technology, it is definitely worth keeping an eye on.

As the user base grows and more and more creative demos are displayed we believe photosynth will catch on like wildfire.

Image Source: Webware.com


Photosynth – 3D Walkthroughs Created from Photos

August 21, 2008


Microsoft has just has announced that Photosynth, its ground breaking 3D photo display technology, has moved from their demo stage and is now available for photographers to process and upload their own Photosynths. The free service works only on Windows XP and Vista, both for preparing and viewing Photosynths.

Photosynth automatically stitches together digital photographs to create abstract but high-resolution 3D re-creations (dubbed a synth) of photos submitted by users. Previously, the website had some ready made demos but Microsoft just announced they have upgraded the photosynth website to allow everyone to upload up to 20GB of photos.

3Dwalkthroughs.com believes as this technology continues to improve it will have some Legitimate commercial applications. Based on the latest release of Photosynth’s new website along with some of the articles I have read on their plans for this technology, it is definitely worth keeping an eye on.

As the user base grows and more and more creative demos are displayed we believe photosynth will catch on like wildfire.

Image Source: Webware.com


3D in the Courtroom Part 2 (Medical Animation)

August 20, 2008

In yesterday’s post, 3Dwalkthroughs.com discussed how 3D animation is helping lawyers to visually demonstrate their cases. Whether this means re-creating someone falling off a balcony or getting hit by a car, attorneys are using 3D animation to make or defend their cases in the courtoom.

Another huge application for 3D animation is the medical industry. 3D animations can help to attorneys demonstrate whether or not there was any malpractice by a physician. Obviously every last detail of a medical 3D animation needs to correct as the opposing attorney will seek to discredit the 3D animation at every turn.

Another less confrontational use of medical animation is by pharmaceutical companies. Drug companies often use 3D animations to help demonstrate how a specific drug works on the body. This can be used to train reps of the company as well as for sales of marketing of the drug to the public.

The reason I posted about this type of animation for two days in a row is that it is quite fascinating and different than the architectural 3D animation we typically write about.


3D Animation in The Court Room

August 19, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com came across an interesting article in Fortune Small Business Magazine about a few animation studios that are creating 3D animations to help clients win or defend lawsuits.

With the prices of 3D animation decreasing over the last few years, 3D animation is being used by more and more attorneys to help with their cases. According to the article, 25% of firms with 50-99 attorneys used 3D animation in 2007.

Due to the sensitive nature of the materials, the 3D animation used by attorney’s are scrutinized very carefully. So much in fact,there have been instances where 3D animations have actually cost attorney’s their case.

There seems to be a fine line between successfully using subtle visual clues to influence a jury and being too manipulative. Interestingly enough many 3D animations are actually so well produced that they result in a settlement before ever reaching the courtroom.

I do not envision that 3Dwalkthroughs.com will shift it’s gears to focus on this market any time soon but it does seem very interesting.


3D Virtual World Technology and Social Networks

August 17, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com and Fitspott are facing a unique challenge. We are trying to determine the best way to integrate the 3D virtual world technology we have at our disposal into the phase 2 launch of Fitspott’s social networking platform.

We are confident that integrating 3D virtual world technology will wow our members from a visual standpoint, but this is not enough. It is of utmost importance that if we are to integrate 3D virtual world technology into the Fitspott platform, it most improve the overall experience and provide a real value to our members.

The ideas that are on the table are quite interesting and I believe that we are closing in on the answer. We certainly welcome any suggestions and ideas regarding what would be the most beneficial way to integrate 3D virtual technology into Fitspott.

We understand that it will be much easier to offer suggestions once the platform launches in Mid-September and people have a much better understanding of the nuances of the site.


Fitspott Friday Update (August 15, 2008)

August 15, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com and the rest of the Fitspott team are pleased to introduce our first official press release.

Fitspott To Launch A Social Networking Platform Focused Exclusively On The Health and Fitness Industry

A social networking platform targeting the health and fitness industry will open the doors to the beta version of its platform in Mid-September. “The most popular social networks are reaching a critical mass which will result in the emergence of much more targeted social networks. Our target is the health and fitness industry,” says Erin Hurry, Co-Founder of Fitspott.

The Fitspott team is made up of a group of highly motivated and diverse entrepreneurs, athletes and creative minds. We have set forth a goal of creating a social network which will give trainers, members, athletes, coaches, corporate fitness executives, health clubs and basically anyone with any level of interest in health and fitness, a robust platform to meet, communicate, get support, conduct business, exchange ideas and more.

One of the primary goals of Fitspott, aside from creating a unique and valuable platform with robust communication tools, is to organize the very large and convoluted health and fitness industry into easy to navigate sub-communities of members with similar interests, goal, skills, wants and needs.

Fitspott has scoured the internet, becoming educated on the pros and cons of existing social networks, and has committed to using this knowledge to create the most powerful, yet simple platform for all of our members.

“Unlike many self serving health and fitness communities that preach one philosophy, are too clinical, or are just one big advertisement, the direction of our growth will be determined by our members” say’s, David Gise, Co-Founder of Fitspott.

Whether your goals include improving your body, business, network, game, network, income potential, information resources, eating habits or simply your quality of life…Help Is on the Way!

Fitspott is a social networking platform with an ever growing number of tools designed to help you meet and exceed these goals. Benefit from the Power of a Goal Driven Community.