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WebGL plants game in Oculus Rift with one line of code

WebGL plants game in Oculus Rift with one line of code

It’s not every day that you see an internet-based 3D engine pushing a game to virtual reality with one line of code. That’s what’s been demoed this week as HTML5 loomed over the crowd at Microsoft’s BUILD 2014 developers convention. It’s just one line of code with the Babylon.js 3D engine and a game is converted from 2D to fully Oculus Rift-ready.

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Architects in Amsterdam to construct full-scale 3D printed homes

Architects in Amsterdam to construct full-scale 3D printed homes

The convenience of 3D printing has moved away from industrial design and products to architecture. We are not talking about scale models to showcase the blueprints or interiors, but in fact full-scale homes. The 3D Print Canal House designed by Dus Architects is as close to a concept structure as it is to art, and will soon dot the landscape of Amsterdam.

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The internet is Not Happy about Facebook buying Oculus

The internet is Not Happy about Facebook buying Oculus

News of Facebook splashing out $2bn to buy virtual reality headset startup Oculus has prompted not only surprise but horror among developers and fans, with the company facing a sizable backlash as the news spreads. Developers and would-be gamers waiting for the consumer Rift headset have reacted for the most part negatively, accusing Oculus of "selling out" and voicing concerns that the project will wither and die at Mark Zuckerberg's hand.

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Google Project Tango hands-on: 3D mapping with phones

Google Project Tango hands-on: 3D mapping with phones

Google loves smartphones, but with Project Tango it’s hoping to make them even smarter and more aware. The handiwork of Google’s skunkworks Advanced Technology and Projects Group, it explores what happens when you add high-resolution 3D mapping sensors to an Android device, and what the potential is for gaming and more. We caught up with Johnny Lee, technical program lead at Google, to find out more about the project and get some hands-on time with the prototype device.

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Facebook buys Oculus for Rift VR social

Facebook buys Oculus for Rift VR social

Facebook has bought Oculus, spending $2bn on the maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, in what the social network says will be a push to grow 3D vision in gaming, communications, and "new social experiences." The deal, which will be made up of around $400m in cash and the remainder in Facebook stock, is expected to close before the end of June 2014, and will help Facebook in not playing catch-up to future platforms as, founder Mark Zuckerberg concedes, it did with mobile.

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NVIDIA Iray VCA tells designers to ditch prototyping

NVIDIA Iray VCA tells designers to ditch prototyping

NVIDIA's Titan Z isn't the only massively-powerful graphics system the company has for GTC 2014: there's also the $50,000 Iray VCA, aimed straight at designers aiming to bypass physical prototypes. The stackable, scalable box promises to replace a workstation cluster, containing eight of NVIDIA's fastest GPUs for a total of 23,040 CUDA cores.

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New tech creates 3D models of faces using DNA

New tech creates 3D models of faces using DNA

New tech created by a researcher named Mark Shriver of Pennsylvania State University may one day be able to create a virtual mug shot using DNA. The tech could be used to catch criminals in the future by making up a virtual mug shot using DNA material left at crime scenes. Shriver and his team created 3D images of 600 volunteers from a range of racial and ethnic groups.

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HP 3D printers tease super-speed and quality

HP 3D printers tease super-speed and quality

HP is promising to shake up the 3D printer industry with new technology that not only makes the process faster but delivers higher-quality models, with CEO Meg Whitman teasing a reveal in June. Waiting for a current-gen 3D printer to finish is "like watching ice melt" Whitman snarked during HP's shareholder meeting this week, going on to suggest that the company had figured out a better, swifter way.

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Peanuts 3D film coming in 2015

Peanuts 3D film coming in 2015

If you were a child of the 80's, you know as well as I that many of the things we were into back then are coming back around in force. Marketers know that the toys and shows we loved as kids are things that we will buy and share with our kids today. Such is the case with the Transformers toys that we loved in the 80's being turned into films.

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Sony Project Morpheus specs detailed: 1080p & 3D sound

Sony Project Morpheus specs detailed: 1080p & 3D sound

Sony has detailed specifications for the current Project Morpheus developer kit, with the PS4 virtual reality headset offering 1080p Full HD and 3D surround sound. Revealed at GDC 2014, Project Morpheus is an open-air design which puts no weight on the nose or cheeks, for extended gameplay, and will support gamers who wear glasses.

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Bing adds 15 new 3D cities to Maps Preview App

Bing adds 15 new 3D cities to Maps Preview App

Back in December, Microsoft launched Bing Maps Preview app for Windows 8.1, giving users a touch-centric way to zoom in and around various cities across the globe. Fast-forward two months, and a roster of big-name cities have been added to the app in 3D, providing additional digital exploration opportunities.

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Google Project Tango demo shows just what 3D mapping can do

Google Project Tango demo shows just what 3D mapping can do

Google's 200 Project Tango developer devices may only have just revealed their 3D-sensing smartphone abilities, but one company already tinkering with the sensor-packed handsets has shown off exactly what sort of thing they can do. Matterport already has a 3D mapping camera of its own, but the company has been demonstrating what its software can do on Project Tango to capture internal spaces into accurate models in moments.

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