Beautifully simulated 3D trip through space is what dreams are made of

I woke up today and had already seen this stunning video of space before I even saw it in real life because I’m 100% sure it was created in my dreams. It wasn’t, it was rendered in the 3D simulation program Space Engine. But seriously, this digital recreation of space is what every kid imagines when they look up at a… »7/14/15 11:38am7/14/15 11:38am

If 3D Movies Make You Feel Sick, It's Likely All in Your Mind

The realism of today’s 3D blockbusters can blow audiences away. By using 3D glasses to present different images to the two eyes, stereoscopic 3D technology fools the brain into believing it is viewing a real scene rather than a flat image on a screen. Now 3D televisions enable viewers to experience the effect at home… »7/09/15 5:00am7/09/15 5:00am

Google's Immersive 360 Action Flick Is So Realistic It's Not Believable

Google released a new 360-degree immersive video on its Spotlight Stories app yesterday—the first featuring real human actors instead of animation. It’s an action-packed short directed by Fast & Furious director Justin Lin. I downloaded the 1GB 360 video and took it for a literal spin (I was sitting in a swivel… »5/28/15 9:48am5/28/15 9:48am

This Van Gogh painting coming alive in 3D is super trippy

Staring at a Van Gogh painting can let you see things like you’ve never seen them before. Stepping into a Van Gogh painting that has been brought to life in 3D can make you feel like you’re in a brand new world inside the wild mind of the artist himself. Check out this trippy 3D version of Van Gogh’s The Night Cafe,… »5/19/15 7:44pm5/19/15 7:44pm

What 3D Movies Have Really Been Missing Is Avengers-Themed Glasses

It's no secret that the whole 3D-thing didn't revolutionize the movie going experience—the second time around. But was it really because of expensive ticket prices, crappy 3D conversions, or more convenient home streaming options? Maybe. Or maybe it was because theater-goers didn't have their choice of Avengers-themed… »4/08/15 5:00pm4/08/15 5:00pm

Games Could Help Google's 3D-Sensing Tango Tablet Become a Reality

Google's Project Tango lets pocket-sized computers see the world in 3D, which could lead to amazing things. Augmented reality shopping. Indoor navigation. Drones that don't crash into foreign objects. But Google project lead Johnny Lee admits that Tango hasn't seen much interest from phonemakers yet. What might… »3/17/15 7:00pm3/17/15 7:00pm

Animation recreated frame-by-frame in real life with 3D printing 

This clever art installation shows a CGI animation that's been converted into a real life frame-by-frame depiction of the animation with 3D printing. As in, the artists took the digital animation they had in a video and showed what every frame would look like (all at once) with actual figures. It gets pretty trippy. »3/05/15 11:37pm3/05/15 11:37pm

This Century-Old Audio Technique Could Be Key to Virtual Reality

Binaural audio sounds like a no-brainer. Humans have two ears, so we should record sounds with two microphones, right? But the late 1800s technique of sticking microphones inside a pair of life-like ears mounted on a fake head has never been more than a novelty. Which is a shame, because as you're about to hear,… »2/16/15 9:20pm2/16/15 9:20pm

New Laser Projector Makes 3D Images That Hang In Mid-Air

Maybe the solution to touchscreen displays that don't get washed out in direct sunlight is to skip the screen altogether. Researchers at Aerial Burton are working to perfect a new kind of display technology that uses lasers to produce 3D pixelated images that appear to hang in mid-air and are still visible no matter… »10/29/14 8:56am10/29/14 8:56am