Experience a Football Horsecollar In 3D

November 28, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com came across an article on the Television Broadcast website about an invitation only event that will feature an NFL game filmed in 3D. This first of its kind event will be a good test to see if 3D technology will catch on as the premier way of watching sporting events.

The San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders will appear in a 3D simulcast for a select few in a first-of-its kind simulcast. The Dec. 4 gridiron match-up will appear in 3D-capable theaters in Boston, Hollywood and New York.

The National Football is working with 3ality Digital and RealD to produce the event. RealD makes the 3D cinema projection technology that dominates much of the market. It will provide access to enabled theaters and 3D-capable TV monitors so the anointed can see what football of the future will look like at home.

“The NFL has played an important role in the evolution of media and consumer acceptance of emerging technologies…” said Howard Katz, NFL senior vice president of broadcasting and media operations, in a press release. “This broadcast will be an exciting test of how 3D could affect fans’ experience in the future.”

Source: Television Broadcast Website

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ICEvision – 3D Video Game Technology Used To Create Interactive 3D Walkthroughs

November 26, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com definitely has its interest piqued by a new product being launched by Canadian company Ice Edge Business Solutions. Their new product, ICEvision allows designers to explore their Revit or AutoCAD 3D models in a separate Dynamically Rendered 3D window.

Through their patented use of 3D video game technology, users can explore their model in a natural manner, simply by walking into their design and taking a look around.

Apparently ICEvision will be demo’d this coming week at an Autodesk trade show in Las Vegas. It will be interesting to hear the reaction of those attending the show.

Some of the features of ICEvision include:
– Dynamic 3D Renderings; not just static single view images
– Speed of design change is greatly enhanced due to separation of design and visualization functions
– Increased productivity; the ICEvision model does not halt or delay design operations
– Collaboration; send your ICEvision files to other users to view; even if they don’t own Revit or AutoCAD

Source: Ice Edge Website

I am excited to sign up for a demo and test drive the ICEvision application. I would suggest taking a few minutes to look at the sample video on their website as it is quite fascinating.


3D Camera Soon To Become Mainstream?

November 24, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com read an interesting post on Gizmodo.com about a new camera soon to be released by Fujifilm. The camera, the FinePix Real 3D consumer was recently unveiled at the 3DX expo in Singapore.

The stereoscopic camera features two optical lenses, each with its own CCD, and a processor that syncs the two images to create a 3D image. On top of that, the screen on the camera is capable of showing 3D images without the stupid glasses, while a 3D printing solution will also be offered that allows you to view printed images in 3D from multiple angles.

Image and Content Source: Gizmodo.com

I am very curious to see the quality of the final product this new 3D camera produces. Assuming the price is somewhat reasonable, I can only imagine how this camera will be applied in the real estate industry. Seems like high resolution 3D photographs would be a much welcome complement to existing 3D assets and other property marketing tools.


3D Camera Soon To Become Mainstream?

November 24, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com read an interesting post on Gizmodo.com about a new camera soon to be released by Fujifilm. The camera, the FinePix Real 3D consumer was recently unveiled at the 3DX expo in Singapore.

The stereoscopic camera features two optical lenses, each with its own CCD, and a processor that syncs the two images to create a 3D image. On top of that, the screen on the camera is capable of showing 3D images without the stupid glasses, while a 3D printing solution will also be offered that allows you to view printed images in 3D from multiple angles.

Image and Content Source: Gizmodo.com

I am very curious to see the quality of the final product this new 3D camera produces. Assuming the price is somewhat reasonable, I can only imagine how this camera will be applied in the real estate industry. Seems like high resolution 3D photographs would be a much welcome complement to existing 3D assets and other property marketing tools.


New Upgrade To iPhone Allows For The Display of Google Street View

November 22, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com first heard about Thursdays upgrades to the iPhone on Wired.com. Two of the more exciting of these upgrades include remote podcast downloading and changes to the Google Maps application.

Remote podcast downloading enables users to download audio and video podcasts onto their iPhones with the iTunes app over a wireless connection. In the past, to get podcasts on iPhones, users had to download them onto iTunes on their computers and then connect the handset to sync the files.

The Google Maps app is now capable of displaying Google Street View, a mode that provides a 360-degree view of thousands of locations taken with cameras mounted on Google’s cars. Also new to the Maps app are the abilities to look up walking and public transit directions, view addresses of dropped pins and share location via e-mail.

Source: Wired.com

Other Upgrades Include:
Enhancements to Maps
Google Street View
Public transit and walking directions
Display address of dropped pins
Share location via email
Decrease in call setup failures and dropped calls
Enhancements to Mail
Resolved isolated issues with scheduled fetching of email
Improved formatting of wide HTML email
Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular network)
Improved stability and performance of Safari
Improved sound quality of Visual Voicemail messages
Pressing Home button from any Home screen displays the first Home screen
Preference to turn on/off auto-correction in Keyboard Settings

Image and Content Source: Apple.com


New Upgrade To iPhone Allows For The Display of Google Street View

November 22, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com first heard about Thursdays upgrades to the iPhone on Wired.com. Two of the more exciting of these upgrades include remote podcast downloading and changes to the Google Maps application.

Remote podcast downloading enables users to download audio and video podcasts onto their iPhones with the iTunes app over a wireless connection. In the past, to get podcasts on iPhones, users had to download them onto iTunes on their computers and then connect the handset to sync the files.

The Google Maps app is now capable of displaying Google Street View, a mode that provides a 360-degree view of thousands of locations taken with cameras mounted on Google’s cars. Also new to the Maps app are the abilities to look up walking and public transit directions, view addresses of dropped pins and share location via e-mail.

Source: Wired.com

Other Upgrades Include:
Enhancements to Maps
Google Street View
Public transit and walking directions
Display address of dropped pins
Share location via email
Decrease in call setup failures and dropped calls
Enhancements to Mail
Resolved isolated issues with scheduled fetching of email
Improved formatting of wide HTML email
Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular network)
Improved stability and performance of Safari
Improved sound quality of Visual Voicemail messages
Pressing Home button from any Home screen displays the first Home screen
Preference to turn on/off auto-correction in Keyboard Settings

Image and Content Source: Apple.com


3D Interactive Simulation Tool For Civil Engineers

November 20, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com came across an article on MarketWatch.com about an Israeli company that has developed a 3D simulation tool targeting civil engineers.

Sivan Design, a leading provider of Civil Engineering CAD products and GIS-ERP integrated software solutions, announced December 1, 2008 as the official launch date for Civil Simulate, the powerful 3D interactive simulation tool providing an effective solution to the challenge of turning civil engineering design into 3D simulation.

The software is unique due to its ability to merge the design with an orthophoto and bring an accurate virtual reality 3D vision of complex structures like: junctions, roundabouts, parking lots, bridges, canals, etc. In addition, the designer can utilize the software to demonstrate aerial views while conducting interactive drive-through simulations in different settings, perform distance measurement and making visibility safety checks a breeze.

Image and Content Source: Sivan Design Website

I am sure members of our creative team will be amongst the first to test drive this new 3D application once it launches.