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CyArk to digitally scan 500 world monuments in 5 years

CyArk to digitally scan 500 world monuments in 5 years

CyArk, short for Cyber Archive, is scheduled to digitally scan 500 of the world's oldest and most notable monuments over the next 5 years for posterity. The project uses laser scanners to capture full-size digital replicas of structures like the Tower of London, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Mount Rushmore and others as determined by site submissions on the CyArk website. The project was founded by millionaire Ben Kacyra.

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Bot & Dolly “Box” is next-level video experiment in projection-mapping

Bot & Dolly “Box” is next-level video experiment in projection-mapping

This week the team at Bot & Dolly - a group that works with 3D objects and video to experiment with art and live performance - have created a new experiment with live projection on moving objects. This project is known as "Box", and works with projection-mapping - projecting images on to spots that are mapped and tracked as the projector seeks them from afar. The result is a video demonstration you the don't have to be technically aware of to enjoy.

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3Doodler hands-on: 3D printing for the mass market

3Doodler hands-on: 3D printing for the mass market

Kickstarter success 3Doodler proved there was a market for 3D printing without the geek requirement, but can crafting in the third-dimension really be as easy as wielding a hot nib? True, you won't be creating any replacement machine parts, but with a $99.99 price tag that's probably no surprise. We caught up with the $2.3m funding success at ShowStoppers at IFA 2013 to try our hand.

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Sony HMZ-T3W wireless head-mounted display hands-on

Sony HMZ-T3W wireless head-mounted display hands-on

Last year, Sony brought the HMZ-T2 to IFA and tried to convince us to wear a 3D display helmet; at IFA 2013, the company is hoping that cutting the cord with the new HMZ-T3W will persuade us to open our wallets. As before, the concept is straightforward: two small OLED screens that give the impression of a much larger display, optional 3D, and the privacy of your own virtual screening room. This time around, however, at least one of the cords has disappeared, though it's not quite the wireless nirvana Sony might like you to believe.

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Skype is working on 3D video calls says executive

Skype is working on 3D video calls says executive

In an interview with the BBC, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Skype, Mark Gillett, confirmed that the company is working on 3D video calling functionality. Though he warns that it will still be awhile before such a feature is available - and probably longer yet until it is widely adopted - he also states that he "can imagine a day" when 3D use is more widespread.

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3D Printing support for Windows 8.1 solidified: as easy as paper

3D Printing support for Windows 8.1 solidified: as easy as paper

If the Makerbot 3D scanner weren't enough to get you excited about the longevity of 3D printing this week, the Microsoft Windows 8.1 exploration of 3D printing standards might. What the team at Microsoft is doing this week is going through how users of the next-generation update of Windows 8 will be able to work with 3D printing from the core of the software. This sort of update means that Microsoft - one of the most influential technology companies in the world - has confidence enough in the future of the 3D printing universe that they're willing to dedicate real time to it for the common user.

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MakerBot Digitizer 3D scanner arrives for reverse 3D printing

MakerBot Digitizer 3D scanner arrives for reverse 3D printing

MakerBot is best known for its 3D printers, turning virtual products into real ones, but the company's latest hardware to go on sale, the MakerBot Digitizer, takes things in the opposite direction. Announced back in March, and on sale from today for $1,400, the Digitizer takes a real-world object and, by spinning it on a rotating platform in front of a camera, maps out a digital model that can then be saved, shared, modified, and even 3D printed itself.

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Nokia HERE 3D v2: We ride the 68MP rig putting Google Maps on notice

Nokia HERE 3D v2: We ride the 68MP rig putting Google Maps on notice

Nokia may have come late to the game with Streetview-style 3D photography in its HERE Maps service, but the company is aiming to overtake Google with its second generation of mapping cars. Built using newly developed camera, LIDAR, and processing technology from 3D specialist Earthmine, which Nokia acquired last November, the updated system promises higher-resolution panoramic imagery than Google, as well as more accurate 3D buildings and sign recognition. SlashGear went out on the road in one of the prototype cars with Earthmine founder John Ristevski, to find out why Nokia's 68-megapixel mobile mapping system should be giving the Google Maps team sleepless nights.

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