A 3D Virtual Smithsonian Institution is Online
With most of its 137 million objects kept behind the scenes or in a faraway museum, the Smithsonian Institution is launching a new 3D scanning and printing initiative to make more of its massive collection accessible to schools, researchers and the public worldwide. Beta version of the 3D viewer is now online but without stereoscopic 3D option. As Autodesk is behind the viewer, lets hope for 3D Vision support in v1.0...
The viewer gives access to the usual top, left and front views of scanned objets from the X3D collection, plus a free XYZ pan-tilt-zoom tool and (for some but not all) objects, a tour browser tells you interesting stories in a PowerPoint-like way, with added interaction.
Gastwelten Gets Two VR Virtalis Suites
Virtalis GmbH (Moers, Germany) has won a major contract to supply and install two VR (Virtual Reality) suites to Germany’s Gastwelten, which opens later in 2013. Bridging academia and commerce, Gastwelten will be a centre for innovation in hospitality, helping hotel owners and caterers to understand and anticipate their guests’ needs and desires.
Virtalis will be supplying an ActiveCube, a four-sided immersive VR environment for small groups of people, and a massive ActiveWall, a projected stereoscopic passive visualisation system for presentations of up to 100 people. The systems will incorporate Christie Digital’s high-end 4k and Mirage projectors. Virtalis is also working closely with the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO of Stuttgart, who will supply a unique software environment which will enable hotel management to gain an insight into the future, giving confidence in costly investment decisions.
Barco Installs Impressive 3D Simulator in China
Barco recently announced that Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) has selected its stereoscopic simulation and virtual reality training system for the day-to-day training of its aerospace engineers. The system will be the first simulation and virtual reality system in China's commercial aviation industry.
Easy Way Autostereoscopy with StereoRenderer Maya Plug-in
TRIDELITY (St. Georgen, Germany) announced the new StereoRenderer plug-in for Autodesk Maya. This plugin gives Maya artists the possibility to create amazing multiview autostereoscopic 3D videos by simply activating the stereo capabilities offered by the plug-in.
The Maya Plug-in offers a fun, easy to use and with a powerful preview capability that makes no-glasses stereoscopic 3D content creation under Windows and MAC look like working on a normal animation. The StereoRenderer TRIDELITY Maya plug-in and all other 3D plug-ins are available immediately. Check out the demo video here under.