LivePlace and OTOY Server-Side 3D Rendering

Check out this video on LivePlace. It demo’s a virtual world that is rendered server-side, much like Second Life. This demo video that was leaked is shown on a Treo 700 at 240kbps. This is some really awesome tech. The environments are super real and looks to break some barriers by allowing anyone with an internet connected device to interact with the world. This means that mobile users can dream of being in another world while on their commute in their mundane lives.

Original article on Gizmodo

OTOY is the technology behind the server-side 3d rendering technology. Here are a few video’s:
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Date
August 15, 2008
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3:57 pm
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New VisionAire technology from Obscura Digital

In this video you’ll see Steve Mason demonstrating Obscura Digital’s VisionAire technology. He’s not using any controller in his hands. He’s not moving in sync with a pre-recorded video. They are using some proprietary motion capture technology to capture his movements and translate them to on-screen actions. The image is being projected from the ceiling reversed to a mirror on the floor. The image is then reflected to a screen net that is at a 45 degree angle to the presenter. Steve is able to move his arms around freely without having to touch anything. The audience that is front and center get’s the best view, but if your off to one side you can see the screen net. These guys are a group of talented engineers here in the bay.

Check them out: Obscura Digital

Date
August 6, 2008
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12:29 pm
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Lucky Dragons' homemade sound device

This is an interesting social networking application that involves sound, touch feedback, and people.

Here’s some more info:

http://www.hawksandsparrows.org/bio.html
MAKE: Blog: Lucky Dragons’ homemade sound device

Date
June 30, 2008
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6:46 pm
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goosh.org – the unofficial google shell.

Goosh (Google Shell) is a cool web-app written by Stefan Grothkopp. It’s not an official Google product but does tie into many of functions that Google does provide. All access is done through a command-line interface.

Here is a list of the commands that are available:

  • web – google web search
  • lucky – go directly to first result
  • images – google image search
  • wiki – wikipedia search
  • clear – clear the screen
  • help – displays help text
  • news – google news search
  • blogs – google blog search
  • feeds – google feed search
  • open – open url in new window
  • go – open url
  • more – get more results
  • in – search in a specific website
  • load – load an extension
  • video – google video search
  • read – read feed of url
  • place – google maps search
  • lang – change language
  • addengine – add goosh to firefox search box
  • translate – google translation

Check it out: goosh.org – the unofficial google shell.

Date
June 3, 2008
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4:44 pm
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DimP – A Direct Manipulation Video Player

This is a very cool concept for online video manipulation: A Direct Manipulation Video Player
Here is the project site: DimP

Here is a quote that describes the concept.

DimP, a direct manipulation video player, lets users drag items on the video screen to move forward and back instead of just via a scroll bar on the bottom of the video. This is not only more fun, but it also allows users to scroll through video to where they want to be β€œat least two times faster,” In a paper presented by Pierre Dragicevic, Gonzalo Ramos, Jacobo Bibliowicz, Derek Nowrouzezahrai, Ravin Balakrishnan, Karan Singh from the University of Toronto, the authors present their method for browsing video by directly dragging content by β€œ1) automatically extracting motion data from videos; and 2) a new technique called relative flow dragging that lets users control video playback by moving objects of interest along their visual trajectory.”

Check the video’s after the jump.
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Date
May 24, 2008
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Spectra Visual Newsreader | msnbc.com

MSNBC - Spectra Visual Newsreader

This is a really cool use of Flash 9, Papervision 3D, and web cameras. Beautiful data visualization and UI design.

Spectra Visual Newsreader | msnbc.com

Date
May 22, 2008
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6:03 pm
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PIKA PIKA – abstract flashlight animation

Today I found the originators behind the animation technique that Sprint has been recently using in their 2007 campaign. PIKA PIKA is a art movement that was started in Japan. It uses a combination of long exposure stop motion photography and flashlights.
Here are a few videos:

This is an explaining movie of pika pika for the imprint forum in Little Tokyo, L.A. at 12 and 13 sept. 2007.

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Date
December 10, 2007
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