Happy New Years from 3Dwalkthroughs.com

December 31, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com would like to wish all of our family, friends and clients a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We know that 2009 is sure to bring a lot of challenges, especially as we all try to navigate through the tough economic waters.

As a company we will continue to offer our high quality and innovative 3D Walkthroughs, 3D Floor Plans and 3D Rendering solutions. We also will be launching a few new products in the first and second quarters of 2009 that have not yet been seen in the United States…stay tuned.


New Stadiums Using 3D Seating Charts

December 27, 2008

As many of the new sports stadiums across the country are being introduced this year, I thought this story would be of interest. This particular story comes out of Kansas City, and pertains to the new 3D seating chart that will allow fans to explore the new features of the Kaufman Stadium scheduled for completion in 2009.

The new 3D seating chart allows fans to access a 3D view from any seating section within the stadium. The 3D seating chart provides panoramic views that allow visitors to control sightlines and zoom in to areas of interest.

Fans can access the new 3D seating chart of the stadium by visiting royals.com.

Source: The Fort Scott Tribune

3Dwalkthroughs.com is hopeful that this same technology will be implemented at the new Citi-Field, Yankee Stadium and Giants/Jets Stadiums. We have used this technology before and it really does help to get a good perspective of the view before making a purchase.


Innovative 3D Webcam

December 24, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com came across a story about a British company, Minoru that has recently introduced an innovative webcam which offers a unique 3D experience. Unlike most webcams that capture regular photos, this new gadget captures still photos and live videos in 3D – which later could be sent over the internet to family and friends.

The new Minoru camera supports several video chat services (including MSN Messenger, AOL IM, and Skype) as well as standalone 3D video capturing and the finished videos can be uploaded onto YouTube. The three-dimensional effect is achieved thanks to the recipient’s “special” 3D glasses.

According to the company it will be on the market around December and will be priced under $100.Perhaps the Minoru webcam could be used to capture a humans movement and help promote a true 3D exergaming environment.

Source: The Future of Things


Innovative 3D Webcam

December 24, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com came across a story about a British company, Minoru that has recently introduced an innovative webcam which offers a unique 3D experience. Unlike most webcams that capture regular photos, this new gadget captures still photos and live videos in 3D – which later could be sent over the internet to family and friends.

The new Minoru camera supports several video chat services (including MSN Messenger, AOL IM, and Skype) as well as standalone 3D video capturing and the finished videos can be uploaded onto YouTube. The three-dimensional effect is achieved thanks to the recipient’s “special” 3D glasses.

According to the company it will be on the market around December and will be priced under $100.Perhaps the Minoru webcam could be used to capture a humans movement and help promote a true 3D exergaming environment.

Source: The Future of Things


3D Monitor For Gamers Available in Select Retail Stores

December 20, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com is excited to try out iz3D inc’s 22 inch 3D gaming monitor which has just been made available in select retail stores. iZ3D’s gaming display products are now being offered nationwide in Fry’s Electronics Incorporated® and Micro Center® stores.

“The move to retail is another milestone in our pursuit of bringing 3D to the home market,” stated Thomas Striegler, CEO of iZ3D Inc. “Seeing games displayed with our 3D monitor startles the imagination and shatters memories of bad 3D from 1950s theatrical effects and headache prone shutter glasses,” he adds.

“You have to see it to understand it the first time, and selling our 3D monitor though retail represents an inflection point for the emerging 3D industry,” said Striegler. Previously the 3D monitor was only available in online stores making it impossible to try before buying.

Source: msnbc.com

The monitor appears to be selling at a suggested retail price of $399.00. We will let you know if it is as impressive as it sounds after we have a chance to try it…now we just have to find one of those specialty retail stores and hope that it is not as crazy as all the other stores are at the moment.


New York in 3D – Google Earth Style

December 18, 2008


3Dwalkthroughs.com has not visited NYC in google earth for a while, but after being alerted by an article on Information Week, we decided to stop by for a visit.

I must say, the 3D version of NYC in Google Earth has come a loooooong way in the last year. Basically, Google has completed nearly every building in Manhattan Island for Google Earth. Just fly to “New York City” and turn on the 3D Buildings layer in Google Earth.

Source: Google Earth Blog

As the 3D landscape of many US cites continue to get populated with very high quality 3D representations, we believe the usage of Google Earth is set to explode.

Apparently Google has filled in the gaps left by the modelers who created the rest of the 3D buildings in NYC. To view NYC in Google Earth, fly to “New York City” and turn on the 3D Buildings layer.


New York in 3D – Google Earth Style

December 18, 2008


3Dwalkthroughs.com has not visited NYC in google earth for a while, but after being alerted by an article on Information Week, we decided to stop by for a visit.

I must say, the 3D version of NYC in Google Earth has come a loooooong way in the last year. Basically, Google has completed nearly every building in Manhattan Island for Google Earth. Just fly to “New York City” and turn on the 3D Buildings layer in Google Earth.

Source: Google Earth Blog

As the 3D landscape of many US cites continue to get populated with very high quality 3D representations, we believe the usage of Google Earth is set to explode.

Apparently Google has filled in the gaps left by the modelers who created the rest of the 3D buildings in NYC. To view NYC in Google Earth, fly to “New York City” and turn on the 3D Buildings layer.


Playstation Home and 3D Social Gaming Communities

December 15, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com has not had the opportunity to officially test drive Home for the Playstation 3 but we do have high hopes for its potential. Home was just released this week in an open beta stage and has been getting mixed reviews.

The feedback thus far suggests that there is a lack of engaging content which was not as big of a deal when they were in a closed beta. With that said, based on the initial screen shots, the graphics look much better than any of the 3D virtual world platforms I have seen.

Once the quality of the content (I am sure it will improve) catches up with the level of 3D graphics, I believe this community will grow quickly.

We are interested in the Home platform as we believe that it will become a potential vehicle for promoting group exergaming communities. We predict in the near future, leagues, tournaments and other competitions will be held on platforms such as Home.

As motion sensor technology improves and games such as those promoted by Nintendo’s Wii continue to evolve, the real exercise benefits that are derived from these games will improve as well.

It is time that we stop banging our heads against the wall and promote solutions to health and fitness that our youth can relate to…and this might mean video games.

The Playstation home platform is exciting because it can offer a support group of like minded individuals with similar interests and skill sets. This contrasts to the real world where youngsters are often turned off to exercise if they are not the most coordinated or talented athlete on the field.

I strongly believe that exergaming should only be utilized as a supplement to regular forms of exercise. For some, however, exergaming can help to build the confidence required to get started with a real world program.


Playstation Home and 3D Social Gaming Communities

December 15, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com has not had the opportunity to officially test drive Home for the Playstation 3 but we do have high hopes for its potential. Home was just released this week in an open beta stage and has been getting mixed reviews.

The feedback thus far suggests that there is a lack of engaging content which was not as big of a deal when they were in a closed beta. With that said, based on the initial screen shots, the graphics look much better than any of the 3D virtual world platforms I have seen.

Once the quality of the content (I am sure it will improve) catches up with the level of 3D graphics, I believe this community will grow quickly.

We are interested in the Home platform as we believe that it will become a potential vehicle for promoting group exergaming communities. We predict in the near future, leagues, tournaments and other competitions will be held on platforms such as Home.

As motion sensor technology improves and games such as those promoted by Nintendo’s Wii continue to evolve, the real exercise benefits that are derived from these games will improve as well.

It is time that we stop banging our heads against the wall and promote solutions to health and fitness that our youth can relate to…and this might mean video games.

The Playstation home platform is exciting because it can offer a support group of like minded individuals with similar interests and skill sets. This contrasts to the real world where youngsters are often turned off to exercise if they are not the most coordinated or talented athlete on the field.

I strongly believe that exergaming should only be utilized as a supplement to regular forms of exercise. For some, however, exergaming can help to build the confidence required to get started with a real world program.


Sony’s 3D Social Networking Service To Debut Tomorrow

December 13, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com is anxious to test drive the “PlayStation Home” 3D social gaming community service for the PlayStation 3 which is set to debut worldwide tomorrow.

The free download of the basic service will enable gamers to create avatars and explore a virtual community where they can communicate via text or voice chat, play mini-games, watch videos and participate in special events.

PlayStation Home users will also be able purchase “entitlements” to run their own virtual community clubhouses.

“PlayStation Home is a social gaming service unlike anything else on the market and we are excited to be partnering with gaming and non-gaming partners to develop content that connects and entertains today’s PS3 users like never before,” said Susan Panico, senior director of PlayStation Network for Sony Computer Entertainment America.

Source: digital media wire

Personally I am curious to see the quality of interactive 3D graphics that have been integrated into Playstation Home. If the social aspects of this world match the 3D graphics we are expecting , social networking is going to be taken to a whole new level.