NASA has just released some beautiful anaglyphic stereo images taken from the Hubble Telescope, showing some incredible images of the Carina Nebula.
This scientific visualization creates a three-dimensional virtual tour of several dark pillars of cool gas in the Carina Nebula. The stars and nebula layers from Hubble’s two-dimensional image have been separated using both scientific knowledge and artistic license to create the depth in the movie. Of note, the relative distances between stars and the nebula have been greatly compressed. The result is an intriguing journey through a virtual cosmic landscape.
via HubbleSite – NewsCenter – Cosmic Ice Sculptures: Dust Pillars in the Carina Nebula (09/16/2010) – Release Videos.
The newest issue of Playboy has centerfold Hope Dworaczyk in Anaglyphic stereo glory 3D. This is an attempt by owner Hugh Hefner to reclaim some falling circulation with a “clever trick” to garner new viewers. As Hef puts it, “What would people most like to see in 3-D? Probably a Naked Lady”.
“This particular picture is one example of how books and magazines are different (than computer images),” Hefner added. “You can hold it in your hands, save them, and as Dad used to, put them under the mattress.”
Sadly, Hef is either showing his age or showing his ignorance by picking the single least flattering 3D technology out there: Anaglyphic Red/Cyan. Why he didn’t pick something that would preserve some of the colors and skin tones, or possibly go Augmented Reality and link it with web video, I guess we’ll never know.
via Hugh Hefner’s new plan to attract Playboy readers: Put centerfold Hope Dworaczyk in 3-D.
As one of Google’s “April’s Fools Pranks”, they’ve enabled Anaglyphics Red-Cyan stereo on Google Street View. Simply load up street view as you normally would, and you’ll see a new icon there to enable it.
In reality, it looks like they’re just duplicating and shifting the existing image a bit, it doesn’t really add much depth. Also, they leave the existing colors in the image with can create some distracting effects. But it’s a fun little trick, and worth playing with if you have some anaglyphic glasses lying around.
UK’s Channel 4 will soon be bringing classic anaglyphic stereo to their audiences with a collection of programs including new shows (Derren Brown), live events (Hannah Montana), and classics (Friday the 13rd part III). You can get free glasses via a partnership with Sainsbury‘s.
3D Week – Channel 4. via Slashdot
A new Music Video for Crystal Method’s “Drown in the Now” is up on Vimeo with fun use of anaglyphic stereoscopic 3D. Done by Scott Sindorf and Damijan Saccio of UVPhactory.com, it’s fun if you can find some red/cyan glasses laying around.
See it after the break.
A new app in the Apple App Store aims to turn the meager iPhone camera into a 3D Camera by allowing you to composite pairs of images into analyphic or sterographic images.
To take the photos, you use one of two methods. If you’re planning on taking an anaglyph or sterogram, you take one picture, move the iPhone camera slightly to the right, and take another photo. To make a wiggle stereogram, you point directly at the same object from two slightly different vantage points. The app provides instructions on exactly how to take the two photos each time you launch it.
The app sells for $1.99 (iTunes Link). Anyone want to send us at VizWorld an analyphic image to show?
via 3D Camera adds depth to your iPhone photography.
NVidia drew a crowd today by giving away 3D Vision equipment in their booth at Computex2009. However, unlike their recent active-shutter technology, they surprised everyone by going old-school.
NVIDIA showed a few games (Tomb Raider was one, Burnout: Paradise was another) running while supplying the press with those glasses seen above and while yes, it did look like things were coming out of the screen, it looked awful while things were coming out of the screen.
It’s particularly surprising since most of the marketing material lambasted anaglyphic stereo technology as antiquated junk.
via PC Perspective – Computex 2009: NVIDIA gives away 3D Vision, but not really.