Did you know Harrison Ford wore digital hair extensions in The Force Awakens? Well, that's just one of the awesome tidbits J.J. Abrams gives up during an illuminating director's commentary available on the film's 3D Blu-ray release.
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Video: There's no shortage of footage showing what life aboard the International Space Station is like, but unless you've had a chance to spend some time there, the ISS' sprawling and ever-expanding layout can be confusing. To help make better sense of it, the European Space Agency has created a narrated video tour of the space station — and it's in 3D.
The Virtual Boy, Nintendo's most maligned console flop, is getting a new lease on life thanks to some modern VR technology. Reddit user The King of Spain has modified an Android emulator so that you can play Virtual Boy through Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR or other cheap virtual reality setups.
Video: 3D TVs may have gone the way of the Dodo, but as the Oculus Rift has proven, a third dimension can make video games far more immersive. That even goes for the 2D Nintendo classics you grew up playing, thanks to a new emulator with a intelligent algorithm that automatically converts those games to 3D.
Video: Whoa. It's like being able to have the vision to see the hidden skeleton of the city of light. Antoine Delach's Ghost Cell is a "stereoscopic plunge into the guts of an organic Paris seen as a cell through a virtual microscope". I just love how the look of daily life in Paris is seen in a completely new way. And how it's so cool to see how everything and everybody is connected.
It's not easy leaving your pet behind as you head off to work each morning. And if the thousands of photos you have of them on your phone aren't enough of a solace, you can now have them turned into a pettable 3D photo relief when being apart gets especially tough.
Former Disney animator Glen Keane doesn't need much of an introduction. He's the man who drew The Little Mermaid's Ariel. And Aladdin. And Pocahontas. And Beast. Now, he's embracing the latest tool for digital artistry.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Amazon's Lab126 — makers of the Kindle, iFire Phone, and Amazon Echo — is laying off dozens of engineers. That's a shame. Some consolation: now we can hear about the gadgets they were secretly building!
Viewing 3D content without glasses or goggles has proved to be one of the toughest things for interface designers to achieve — it never really looks right. At this year's SIGGRAPH, a group of researchers presented a display that creates a 3D human in stunning detail using a cluster of 216 projectors.
Video: 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 per cent sure it was created in my dreams. It wasn't; it was rendered in the 3D simulation program Space Engine. But this digital recreation of space is what every kid imagines when they look up at a starry sky for the first time or learn about the planets and space.
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 as well.
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 chair). It's so realistic it's almost problematic.
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, it's a fun trip.
It's no secret that the whole 3D-thing didn't revolutionise 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 theatre-goers didn't have their choice of Avengers-themed 3D glasses.