It will likely be a few more decades before we get to gene-splice ourselves to become cheetah-men and hawk-women, but in the meantime, you can test out what your animal self might look like with a cool new 3D visualization tool.
There are lots of ways to fake three dimensions with two dimensional images: some crazy stuff is possible if you know what you're doing. But, this isn't real 3D. The only way to get real 3D out of a 2D medium like paint is to gradually build up a sculpture out of hundreds of layers, which is where these incredibly lifelike goldfish come from.
A digital picture lets you preserve an image of something indefinitely, thanks to the resilience and longevity of digital data. Digitally preserving a whole object is an entirely different kettle o' fish, but the OrcaM reconstruction sphere makes the process fast, simple, and flawless.
If we've had one thing hammered into our unwilling skulls over the last few years at CES, it's this: 2D sucks, and 3D is awesome. Nothing is better in 2D. Nothing. Not even pictures of your dog. Somehow (and it won't tell us how), Casio is able to take 2D snapshots, add depth, and then use a proprietary 3D printer to make sculptures out of them. The results, while striking, can be a bit strange, as with the (excessively?) pointy dalmatian in the picture above.
The reason 3D movies and television are so headache-inducing is that they're not actually being projected in three dimensions. What is real 3D (as far as our brains are concerned) are holographic displays, and we're getting very, very close to that holographic TV you've always wanted.
There's no shortage of 3D displays and TVs available for purchase these days. To many, the extra couple hundred — or sometimes thousand — bucks isn't worth the extra "D," but prices are slowly coming down from a year ago. Sony isn't giving up the 3D dream, though. The company is gambling hard on 3D tech, this year releasing the 3D TVs you'd expect, as well as some crazier options in the Personal 3D Viewer or 3D binocular camcorder or 3D cameras. Now with store shelves full of 3D-enabled PlayStation 3 games, so something like this only makes sense. The PlayStation 3D Display is Sony's latest 3D consumer goodie and it's aimed squarely at college dorm rooms. Think of it as the startup kit to suck non-believers into the 3D vortex. So, will it claim you, too?
Revealed at IFA in Berlin, Toshiba's Regza 55X3 (known as ZL2 in Europe) isn't just a fancy 3D TV that doesn't require silly glasses — it has Quad Full High Definition — a.k.a. 4K2K HD — a.k.a. your eyeballs watering up over picture clarity like never before. And it can be yours this December.
Mildly put, Sony's HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer that's capable of projecting a virtual 150-inch screen in a pair of goggles is the stuff of every nerd's wildest dreams. In reality, that's all it is: a display. One modder decided he wanted virtual reality, so he gave it some head-tracking abilities.
This year tech companies went over the top to shove 3D into everybody's homes, offices and pockets. We're not going to lie: we covered a lot of 3D tech. While we mostly complained about cumbersome 3D glasses and converted 3D content, 3D's not really terrible. It has its flaws, but it's getting better with every month. Leading the 3D revolution are obviously Sony, Nintendo and Toshiba. No other consumer electronics companies have bet as much on 3D as these, so don't be surprised to see more than a few of their products make our list of 15 3D gadgets that are worth your money this year.
Quick! Somebody call James Cameron. YouTube's added a new feature that *gasp* converts 2D videos into 3D ones. Now, we can all watch that Nyan Cat in three freakin' dee. Joy.