My latest article for TheFeature is about 3D displays for mobile devices, no glasses required:
In 1953, moviegoers experienced a new dimension in fear, or at least campy horror, with the release of House of Wax. The Vincent Price shockfest was the first 3D feature produced by a major film studio. Unfortunately though, director André de Toth couldn't fully enjoy his own creation. The 3D illusion depended on binocular vision, but de Toth only had one eye.Link
In some ways today, we're all faced with the same problem. Mobile devices are now equipped with 3D graphics chips to bring a heightened sense of realism to the small screen. Videogame designers are cranking out dazzling 3D experiences that will soon put the playpower of a console in our pockets. The rub, though, is that the vast majority of our displays are stranded in flatland.
"Most games and many other applications are written in 3D although the final image is shown in 2D," says Ian Thompson, director of business development at Sharp Laboratories of Europe. "In nature humans see the world in 3D and yet we have become accustomed to seeing flat images"
That may be true today, but researchers in many laboratories, including Sharp's, have their eyes set on the next generation of 3D technology. If mobile displays are necessarily limited by length and width, the only option is to increase their depth. And unlike the 3D movies of yesterday (and even today), the new 3D displays don't require any special eyewear.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
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The Lytro Illum dares to be different, boasting even more robust features than its first generation predecessor and a sleek design reminiscent of professional DSLRs. What’s so cool about it? Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing a statoc 2D image.