Get Your 3D Glasses – 3D Images Available on Flickr

May 12, 2008


When you get a chance, get a pair of 3D glasses and log on to the popular photo sharing site Flickr. There is a bunch of really cool 3D images that your will only fully experience when you pop on your glasses.

3Dwalkthroughs.com was busy doing some research on medgadget.com and came across a mention of a few of master wax-worker Clemente Susini’s (1757-1814) anatomical waxes in 3D that were posted on Flickr. The images are compliments of Stanford Medicine’s newly released series of anaglyphs. Robert Chase, MD, along with a team of many others, have produced 3D stereo photos of Susini waxes held at the Museo delle Cere Anatomiche Luigi Cattaneo and made 6 of them available for public perusal on their Flickr page.

Image and Data Source: medgadget.com

If you are into the whole 3D thing, and do not get a headache while viewing 3D images with your glasses on, it is worth spending some time reviewing the many 3D images on Flickr. We believe is just a matter of time before we can lose the glasses altogether.


Business Week – 3D Virtual Worlds and Real Business Applications

May 5, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com came across an indepth article in Business Week which discusses the increasing number of companies that are using 3D virtual worlds to undergo “real” business applications and encourage global interaction.

According to the article companies like IBM are using 3D virtual worlds for meetings, collaboration, training and employee recruiting. Whether Second Life is the 3D platform of choice, or it is one of the many other existing 3D worlds, the technology can be a very effective way for people to interact and forge bonds from remote locations.

As unproven as these new digitized worlds may be, IBM is adopting virtual world technologies with gusto. The company has begun a mentoring program that encourages people who are retired or are about to retire to share knowledge with newer employees. Many in the program are using virtual worlds to meet, mentor, and make presentations. Globally, IBM is finding that virtual worlds are starting to help bridge culture and distance. IBM’s Hamilton says virtual worlds actually make employees want to start working relationships with one another, adding, “Geography doesn’t seem to be the barrier it once was.”

Source: Business Week

It is our belief that as 3D virtual world platforms continue to focus their feature sets to specific industries, their perceived value and level of adoption will increase dramatically.


DAZ 3D – New 3D Modeling Software Can Export To Second Life

May 4, 2008

3Dwalkthroughs.com came across an article on Macworld.com about a 3D modeling application developer whose upgraded product will allow 3D models to be exported to Second Life.

The company, DAZ 3D has announced the release of Hexagon 2.5, a new version of its 3D polygonal and subdivision modeling software for Mac OS X and Windows.

Hexagon features tools for modeling 3D objects, refining them, mapping UV, texturing and previewing. It features freehand brush modeling with displacement brushes that can smooth, pinch, inflate geometry and add details. 3D paint tools let you apply textures using brushes, too.

New to the 2.5 release is the ability to export primitive objects to TGA format, which can be read by Linden Labs’ virtual world software Second Life. The developers say that this lets Second Life users create more complex and organic shapes than they can in Second Life itself.

Source: Macworld.com

We believe the ability to import 3D models into virtual worlds from external sources will accelerate the improvement of the overall look and feel that can be achieved in 3D virtual worlds. We are excited to see some of the 3D models created by the new version of Hexagon actually integrated into Second Life.


Google Ocean – 3D Map of the Ocean

May 3, 2008

Google already has the sky and earth covered with their 3D maps, but what about the Ocean? Apparently a group of Oceanography experts had a meeting at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California to discuss plans to create a 3D map of the Ocean.

The tool–for now called Google Ocean, the sources say, though that name could change–is expected to be similar to other 3D online mapping applications. People will be able to see the underwater topography, called bathymetry; search for particular spots or attractions; and navigate through the digital environment by zooming and panning. (The tool, however, is not to be confused with the “Google Ocean” project by France-based Magic Instinct Software that uses Google Earth as a visualization tool for marine data.)

Google Ocean will feature a basic layer that shows the depth of the sea floor and will serve as a spatial framework for additional data, sources said, adding that Google plans to try to fill in some areas of the map with high-resolution images for more detail.

Additional data will be displayed as overlying layers that depict phenomena like weather patterns, currents, temperatures, shipwrecks, coral reefs, and algae blooms, much like the National Park Service and NASA provide additional data for Google Earth and Google Sky.

Source: news.com

One of the goals of Google Ocean is to promote advanced research on the vast ocean floor. 3Dwalkthroughs.com believes Google Ocean will eventually be a valuable navigational tool for divers around the world.


Google Ocean – 3D Map of the Ocean

May 3, 2008

Google already has the sky and earth covered with their 3D maps, but what about the Ocean? Apparently a group of Oceanography experts had a meeting at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California to discuss plans to create a 3D map of the Ocean.

The tool–for now called Google Ocean, the sources say, though that name could change–is expected to be similar to other 3D online mapping applications. People will be able to see the underwater topography, called bathymetry; search for particular spots or attractions; and navigate through the digital environment by zooming and panning. (The tool, however, is not to be confused with the “Google Ocean” project by France-based Magic Instinct Software that uses Google Earth as a visualization tool for marine data.)

Google Ocean will feature a basic layer that shows the depth of the sea floor and will serve as a spatial framework for additional data, sources said, adding that Google plans to try to fill in some areas of the map with high-resolution images for more detail.

Additional data will be displayed as overlying layers that depict phenomena like weather patterns, currents, temperatures, shipwrecks, coral reefs, and algae blooms, much like the National Park Service and NASA provide additional data for Google Earth and Google Sky.

Source: news.com

One of the goals of Google Ocean is to promote advanced research on the vast ocean floor. 3Dwalkthroughs.com believes Google Ocean will eventually be a valuable navigational tool for divers around the world.


Google Ocean – 3D Map of the Ocean

May 3, 2008

Google already has the sky and earth covered with their 3D maps, but what about the Ocean? Apparently a group of Oceanography experts had a meeting at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California to discuss plans to create a 3D map of the Ocean.

The tool–for now called Google Ocean, the sources say, though that name could change–is expected to be similar to other 3D online mapping applications. People will be able to see the underwater topography, called bathymetry; search for particular spots or attractions; and navigate through the digital environment by zooming and panning. (The tool, however, is not to be confused with the “Google Ocean” project by France-based Magic Instinct Software that uses Google Earth as a visualization tool for marine data.)

Google Ocean will feature a basic layer that shows the depth of the sea floor and will serve as a spatial framework for additional data, sources said, adding that Google plans to try to fill in some areas of the map with high-resolution images for more detail.

Additional data will be displayed as overlying layers that depict phenomena like weather patterns, currents, temperatures, shipwrecks, coral reefs, and algae blooms, much like the National Park Service and NASA provide additional data for Google Earth and Google Sky.

Source: news.com

One of the goals of Google Ocean is to promote advanced research on the vast ocean floor. 3Dwalkthroughs.com believes Google Ocean will eventually be a valuable navigational tool for divers around the world.


Blog For Google Warehouse (May 2008)

April 30, 2008

At the beginning of every month 3Dwalkthroughs.com selects our favorite 3D model from Greg Rose’s blog which highlights new 3D building models as they are added to Google’s 3D Warehouse.

Our monthly selection is based on impressive: architecture, level of detail, level of realism etc. For the month of May 2008 we have chosen the Leumi Tower. This model was not only selected because we like the overall look and feel of the building, the model also made us aware of Metroscape3D.

The Leumi tower is an 18 floors building located in downtown Tel Aviv. It belongs to Bank Leumi, one of Israel’s largest banks. The building itself was designed by Buki Tzuker Architects and the 3D model was designed by Metroscape.

Metroscape is a 3D modeling company, which bases its models on the platform of Google Earth. As Google Earth just recently announced their upgraded platform which will promote more realistic 3D models, we believe Metroscape is positioned to become a very popular name in the industry.


Blog For Google Warehouse (May 2008)

April 30, 2008

At the beginning of every month 3Dwalkthroughs.com selects our favorite 3D model from Greg Rose’s blog which highlights new 3D building models as they are added to Google’s 3D Warehouse.

Our monthly selection is based on impressive: architecture, level of detail, level of realism etc. For the month of May 2008 we have chosen the Leumi Tower. This model was not only selected because we like the overall look and feel of the building, the model also made us aware of Metroscape3D.

The Leumi tower is an 18 floors building located in downtown Tel Aviv. It belongs to Bank Leumi, one of Israel’s largest banks. The building itself was designed by Buki Tzuker Architects and the 3D model was designed by Metroscape.

Metroscape is a 3D modeling company, which bases its models on the platform of Google Earth. As Google Earth just recently announced their upgraded platform which will promote more realistic 3D models, we believe Metroscape is positioned to become a very popular name in the industry.


Blog For Google Warehouse (May 2008)

April 30, 2008

At the beginning of every month 3Dwalkthroughs.com selects our favorite 3D model from Greg Rose’s blog which highlights new 3D building models as they are added to Google’s 3D Warehouse.

Our monthly selection is based on impressive: architecture, level of detail, level of realism etc. For the month of May 2008 we have chosen the Leumi Tower. This model was not only selected because we like the overall look and feel of the building, the model also made us aware of Metroscape3D.

The Leumi tower is an 18 floors building located in downtown Tel Aviv. It belongs to Bank Leumi, one of Israel’s largest banks. The building itself was designed by Buki Tzuker Architects and the 3D model was designed by Metroscape.

Metroscape is a 3D modeling company, which bases its models on the platform of Google Earth. As Google Earth just recently announced their upgraded platform which will promote more realistic 3D models, we believe Metroscape is positioned to become a very popular name in the industry.


Going Mobile – 3D Walkthroughs, 3D Floor Plans and 3D Renderings in Your Pocket

April 28, 2008

There was an interesting article in Sunday’s NY Times describing the competition that is brewing amongst mobile device providers, specifically the Apple Iphone and Research in Motion’s Blackberry.

The article discusses some of the pros and cons and both devices but one thing was made clear, we are nearing the day when mobile devices will be as powerful as laptops and home computers.

3Dwalkthroughs.com has mentioned in previous posts that the iPhone is being used by realtors and developers to show 3D Walkthroughs, 3D Floor Plans, and 3D Renderings of a property while they are on the road. With that being said, it is as important for 3D marketing collateral to be optimized for mobile devices as they are for regular websites. We’ve actually heard of new applications that will allow a 3D walkthrough and mobile website to be launched just by driving by a property.

We are certainly excited about the advances being made in the mobile device industry. Sunday’s NY Times article reiterates the urgency that exists for 3D animation studios to learn all they can about how to optimize their products.