Get Out Your 3D Credit Cards – Virtual Shopping is Coming To a Computer Near You

October 21, 2007

Boston based, Kinset Inc. has announced the launch of Kinset 3D Stores. This new technology gives retailers the ability to build 3D virtual stores that have the same look and feel as their real life brick and mortar stores.

In the next 6 months Brookstone and Tweeter will launch online virtual stores created with the Kinset technology. Currently there are 2 stores available for testing out the technology, a bookstore and an electronics emporium. These stores have over 10,000 items on display with a purchasing mechanism integrated with Amazon.com.

“Powerful personal computers and fast broadband Web connectivity allowed us to build the first software technology that can present realistic online stores in 3D” said John Butler, CEO of Kinset.

Shopping in one of the Kinset virtual stores involves downloading a free piece of software. (the download was very quick and takes up very little space). One of nice features of downloading the software is the frequent updates that occur whenever a user logs into their account.

The 3Dwalkthroughs.com staff has downloaded the public store and found the shopping experience very easy and fun to use. We imagine that the Kinset technology will eventually move away from a strictly Amazon based purchasing mechanism.

Earlier attempts at building 3D online stores couldn’t handle the thousands of items on display in real stores but this has been overcome as a result of improved computer processing speeds. As we have mentioned in previous posts, now that Intel is getting involved in building a 3D internet, we expect computer processing speeds to improve dramatically over the next year.

Very similar to a commercial property developer using our 3D walkthroughs, 3D floor plans and 3D renderings to test and market their concepts before their properties are built, Kinset software provides retailers the ability to test actual store designs, layouts and merchandising in a live testing environment. For example a retailer can create mulitple store designs with various product placements within the store, and then track the results using Kinset’s detailed analytical output.

We will certainly be following the progress of this company and look forward to seeing the other national retailers adopting this new technology.


NY Mets – At Least We Have a New Stadium To Look Forward To

October 1, 2007

I am sure that I speak for all NY Met Fans when I say…nothing, just stare at the TV in disbelief. What will go down in history as one of the biggest chokes in sports history has happened right in our backyard. Approximately 17 days ago the NY Mets had a 7 game lead in their division and were all but assured a playoff berth. Yesterday’s loss assured them of the contrary as they were officially knocked out of the playoff’s.

However, today is Monday and we must look on the bright side. In another year or so we will be moving into the new Citi Field Stadium. With the hard work of more than 400 skilled professionals, construction of Citi Field continues to progress at an accelerated pace this summer. I am blown as I witness the daily progress on my way to the 3Dwalkthroughs.com office every day. To see 3D Walkthroughs and 3D Renderings of the new Citi Field stadium go Here>>>

Progress Update Taken From NY Mets Website.

Approximately 70% of Citi Field’s structural steel frame has been installed.
More than 60% of the stadium concrete plank – the tiered concrete structures that will support the stadium seats – has been installed. This now includes the seating areas for the main concourse as well as portions of the Suite Level.

Out in center field, the main scoreboard steel supports have been set in place and the bridge at the Diamond Plaza that will one day overlook the bullpens has been constructed.

The brick façade, or architectural precast, is well on its way to totally enclosing the administration building, including the future retail/storefront space that fronts 126th Street. Fans traveling down Roosevelt Avenue can also see the rich brick exterior enveloping the south side of Citi Field continuing its march toward the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.


NY Mets – At Least We Have a New Stadium To Look Forward To

October 1, 2007

I am sure that I speak for all NY Met Fans when I say…nothing, just stare at the TV in disbelief. What will go down in history as one of the biggest chokes in sports history has happened right in our backyard. Approximately 17 days ago the NY Mets had a 7 game lead in their division and were all but assured a playoff berth. Yesterday’s loss assured them of the contrary as they were officially knocked out of the playoff’s.

However, today is Monday and we must look on the bright side. In another year or so we will be moving into the new Citi Field Stadium. With the hard work of more than 400 skilled professionals, construction of Citi Field continues to progress at an accelerated pace this summer. I am blown as I witness the daily progress on my way to the 3Dwalkthroughs.com office every day. To see 3D Walkthroughs and 3D Renderings of the new Citi Field stadium go Here>>>

Progress Update Taken From NY Mets Website.

Approximately 70% of Citi Field’s structural steel frame has been installed.
More than 60% of the stadium concrete plank – the tiered concrete structures that will support the stadium seats – has been installed. This now includes the seating areas for the main concourse as well as portions of the Suite Level.

Out in center field, the main scoreboard steel supports have been set in place and the bridge at the Diamond Plaza that will one day overlook the bullpens has been constructed.

The brick façade, or architectural precast, is well on its way to totally enclosing the administration building, including the future retail/storefront space that fronts 126th Street. Fans traveling down Roosevelt Avenue can also see the rich brick exterior enveloping the south side of Citi Field continuing its march toward the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.


NY Mets – At Least We Have a New Stadium To Look Forward To

October 1, 2007

I am sure that I speak for all NY Met Fans when I say…nothing, just stare at the TV in disbelief. What will go down in history as one of the biggest chokes in sports history has happened right in our backyard. Approximately 17 days ago the NY Mets had a 7 game lead in their division and were all but assured a playoff berth. Yesterday’s loss assured them of the contrary as they were officially knocked out of the playoff’s.

However, today is Monday and we must look on the bright side. In another year or so we will be moving into the new Citi Field Stadium. With the hard work of more than 400 skilled professionals, construction of Citi Field continues to progress at an accelerated pace this summer. I am blown as I witness the daily progress on my way to the 3Dwalkthroughs.com office every day. To see 3D Walkthroughs and 3D Renderings of the new Citi Field stadium go Here>>>

Progress Update Taken From NY Mets Website.

Approximately 70% of Citi Field’s structural steel frame has been installed.
More than 60% of the stadium concrete plank – the tiered concrete structures that will support the stadium seats – has been installed. This now includes the seating areas for the main concourse as well as portions of the Suite Level.

Out in center field, the main scoreboard steel supports have been set in place and the bridge at the Diamond Plaza that will one day overlook the bullpens has been constructed.

The brick façade, or architectural precast, is well on its way to totally enclosing the administration building, including the future retail/storefront space that fronts 126th Street. Fans traveling down Roosevelt Avenue can also see the rich brick exterior enveloping the south side of Citi Field continuing its march toward the Jackie Robinson Rotunda.


3D Internet – Part 2

September 25, 2007

A week ago 3Dwalkthroughs.com mentioned the keynote address to be given by Intel’s CTO Justin Rattner describing his view on a 3D Internet and how it could transform the online experience.

Intel is taking the 3D internet extremely seriously because it will take large increases in computing power to make a 3D internet possibile. As one of the largest chip makers in the world, this could significantly benefit Intel’s bottom line.

Along with an increase in processing power, Justin also pointed out some other elements that will need to be improved to make a 3D internet a reality. These elements include: Improved servers that handle many concurrent users, more realistic graphics, standardized user interface and avatar specifications and better navigational devices.

3Dwalkthroughs.com is actively researching the various programming protocols which will be the building blocks of a 3D internet. As part of this research we have been testing the integration of 3rd party avatars into our 3D walkthroughs and Interactive 3D products.

Each week we will give an update on the findings of our research into the upcoming 3D Internet…stay tuned.


MySpace Mobile – Another Step in The Virtual Direction

September 24, 2007

In what 3Dwalkthroughs.com believes to be another step towards the convergence of social networking platforms and virtual worlds, MySpace.com has announced the launch of a free version for mobile phones.

Starting today, anyone with a Web-enabled mobile phone or PDA can access a scaled-down version of MySpace which can be used to update friend requests, post messages or just surf a mobile ready version of the site.

While users will be subject to advertisements, provided and powered by Baltimore’s Millennial Media, we still believe this is an important step forward towards the coming 3D Internet.

John Smelzer, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Fox Interactive Media states “We believe that everybody who’s accessing the Internet from a PC will access the Internet from a mobile device… It will become a mainstream activity.”

As mobile phone technology continues to improve, allowing for fully interactive content, (i.e. The ability to access/interact with a virtual world through a mobile device)so will the speed of the convergence of social networking platforms and virtual worlds.

While we have been able to view our 3D Walkthroughs on an iPhone, we still are looking forward to the day when one of our clients can fully experience one of our Interactive 3D products directly from their mobile device.


Meez – Easily Create a Custom Avatar For The Upcoming 3D Internet

September 22, 2007

San Francisco based, Donnerwood Media recently launched the beta version of their new website Meez which offers advanced avatar-building technology and a huge selection of content options. The Meez website enables consumers to create highly-customized 3D avatars in minutes which can be used all over the Internet as personal identifiers.

The staff at 3Dwalkthroughs.com had some good laughs testing out this new website. It was extremely easy to create a customized avatar that is suprisingly similar to our real life appearances. It was also funny comparing how we view ourselves to the avatars we have created on the Meez site. I created the avatar representing myself in about 5 minutes.

Custom Avatar creation will be a critical component in the rise of the 3D internet. If you have some time I would recommend registering on the site and creating a 3D Avatar. It is free and a lot of fun.


Real 3D Views Delivered On Any Screen? (Revolver Ltd.)

September 21, 2007

The founders of imaging technology start-up Revolver Ltd. have launched a new product said to deliver 3D animation which currently exists in computer games and films, to many readily available screens such as: Internet Browsers, Mobile Phones and microwave display panels.

While there are no samples on their website their technology sounds very intriguing. 3DWalkthroughs.com will be exploring this technology in more detail to determine if any synergies exist that might give our 3D Walkthroughs and Interactive 3D Floor Plans another edge over competitors.

Here is additional information about this new product taken directly from the Revolver website.

Technology

Revolver’s technology, OL3D™, overcomes this challenge by enabling 3D content on any 2D environment without installation of complicated 3D hardware and/or software. OL3D™ uses data manipulation algorithms on the polygonal data of 3D models, providing real-time rendering of 3D content in 2D computer graphic environments such as Adobe Flash, Java and other 2D environments.

The solution is based on the OL3D™ core technology which rapidly creates real-time interactive 3D-based content such as games and animations on 2D environments, and solves familiar problems such as CPU efficiency, large file sizes, long development cycles, restricted content and applications, and third party development platforms. This makes OL3D™ very simple to implement in a cross platform context that also is relevant for commercial use.

About Revolver
“We are very pleased and proud to provide developers and designers with the capability and simplicity to present rich 3D content in devices and displays. The ability to develop and implement native real-time 3D content on any 2D environments will enable content providers to offer a much richer and expanded content delivery across the various platforms and to significantly increase the end user’s experience and satisfaction.” Amir Fischer, CEO, Revolver.


iPhone – Mobile 3D Walkthroughs

September 15, 2007


As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was going to be taking the plunge and test driving an iPhone. One of my main motivations for wanting to switch to the iPhone was the desire to load some of my 3D Walkthroughs and 3D Rendering samples on a device that was extremely easy to carry.

I can honestly say that after a week of showing 3dwalkthroughs.com samples to various clients from the iPhone, I am extremely pleased.

The iphone display is crystal clear and really provides a good sized screen when turned to a horizontal postiion. Because the response from clients has been so positive I really feel the iPhone can replace my laptop in many instances.

The next generation of the iPhone will certainly be an effective way for developers to mail out full multi-media listing presentations directly to a potential buyer’s iPhone. I will continue you to post my experiences with the iPhone as I have more time to play with it.


iPhone – Mobile 3D Walkthroughs

September 15, 2007


As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was going to be taking the plunge and test driving an iPhone. One of my main motivations for wanting to switch to the iPhone was the desire to load some of my 3D Walkthroughs and 3D Rendering samples on a device that was extremely easy to carry.

I can honestly say that after a week of showing 3dwalkthroughs.com samples to various clients from the iPhone, I am extremely pleased.

The iphone display is crystal clear and really provides a good sized screen when turned to a horizontal postiion. Because the response from clients has been so positive I really feel the iPhone can replace my laptop in many instances.

The next generation of the iPhone will certainly be an effective way for developers to mail out full multi-media listing presentations directly to a potential buyer’s iPhone. I will continue you to post my experiences with the iPhone as I have more time to play with it.