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Smithsonian Open Access initiative releases loads of 3D models to public domain

Smithsonian Open Access initiative releases loads of 3D models to public domain

Who loves public domain access to tons of historically significant and utterly beautiful contend... now in 3D? With the internationally recognized Creative Commons Zero (CCO) license in effect, The Smithsonian launched their Open Access initiative this week to the public for the first time. This system's launch included approximately 2.8 million 2D images and 3D models, rolling the lot directly into the public domain for all to enjoy - and use!

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3D-Printed 3D Scanner made to work with your phone

3D-Printed 3D Scanner made to work with your phone

An Arduino-based 3D scanner was created by an industrious 3D printing enthusiast and released open source this week for all to enjoy. This open source project was made to take out the most time-consuming component of the 3D scan process, giving said process instead to an Android phone combined with 3D-printed parts, a cheap motor, and an Arduino. This is not the first time such a system has been attempted, but it does appear to be the most complete and ready-to-roll system to date.

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A new Apple 3D camera could give iOS AR an edge

A new Apple 3D camera could give iOS AR an edge

Apple has been developing a new 3D sensor system for the past several years, according to a new report, which claims we'll see this system arrive in a new iPad Pro as well as multiple augmented reality and virtual reality wearables. The 3D sensor system is described as being more advanced than the existing Face ID sensor used in the most recent Apple gadgets.

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Polaroid PlaySmart 3D Printer released in USA at JOANN

Polaroid PlaySmart 3D Printer released in USA at JOANN

The United States' "leading craft and fabric retailer" JOANN has a new 3D printer on store shelves called the Polaroid PlaySmart. Before you go buying this just-released 3D printer for your friends, associates, or family members this holiday season, take a peek at a few of the details here and get to know the device a bit better. This device might be a bargain - or it might just be a bust - we shall see!

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FLUX Beamo revealed: $800 for the world’s smallest CO2 laser cutter

FLUX Beamo revealed: $800 for the world’s smallest CO2 laser cutter

The FLUX Beamo was revealed today as a compact, easy to use CO2 laser cutter and engraver. This machine was made to fit "any" home, office, or classroom at 24.2 x 17.52 x 6.97-inches and puts several high-end features in an affordable package. This device has an 11.81 x 8.27-inch work area and cuts with a diode laser across a wide variety of materials.

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VW ID.3 holographic head-up display teases the future of EV cabins

VW ID.3 holographic head-up display teases the future of EV cabins

Volkswagen's new ID.3 electric car is almost ready for its big reveal, but VW is already sharing details about the augmented reality dashboard the high-tech hatchback will feature. The ID.3 will be VW's first production vehicle based on its brand new MEB all-electric platform, but it turns out that won't be the only fresh gadgetry drivers can play with.

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A 3D dashboard display could be the next big thing in car safety tech

A 3D dashboard display could be the next big thing in car safety tech

A 3D dashboard display that doesn't demand special glasses could make your next car a lot safer and more intuitive to drive, big-name automotive supplier Bosch is promising. The company has been showing off its new digital display technology for cars, which can use controllable depth of field to better communicate things like the distance to nearby vehicles and when the road situation might be getting dangerous.

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iPhone 2020 3D feature tip bad news for iPhone 11 buyers in 2019

iPhone 2020 3D feature tip bad news for iPhone 11 buyers in 2019

A bit of analysis from TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested this week that Apple's 2020 collection of iPhone devices could use ToF sensors on their backs. But wait, you might be saying, isn't Apple going to bring the rounded-corner circle of cameras to the iPhone in the year 2019? You'd be right about that amalgamation of cameras, more than likely, but the ToF (Time of Flight) sensor is apparently not going to be in the mix this year at all.

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Occipital Structure Sensor Mark II: First mobile 3D scanning platform grows up

Occipital Structure Sensor Mark II: First mobile 3D scanning platform grows up

This next generation in mobile 3D scanning hardware was revealed today by the folks at Occipital. They've shown the Occipital Structure Sensor Mark II, a device that's 50% smaller than their previous sensor, with a whole lot more power and precision. This new unit has a new set of custom optics, an onboard IMU, a new depth processing chip, and a new ultra-wide vision camera. All of this rolls with compatibility for iOS devices - with an eye for your iPad, more than likely.

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Intel RealSense Depth Camera SR305 cuts costs for 3D scanning

Intel RealSense Depth Camera SR305 cuts costs for 3D scanning

Intel has a new standalone camera module made for 3D sensing and mapping, and they want to get it into the hands of developers, academics and device prototypers as fast as possible. They've cut down on all the non-essential elements in previous models of similar devices, and here brought JUST the basics for several key 3D-sensing and mapping applications.

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Galaxy Note 10 primary feature further confirmed: Aimed at new iPhone 11 war

Galaxy Note 10 primary feature further confirmed: Aimed at new iPhone 11 war

This morning one of the most important features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was confirmed. Or rather, the fact that we've predicted its existence and specificity in feature details was confirmed, as was pretty much expected. We're talking about the primary camera module, and the fact that it'll almost certainly be more than just comparable to that of the Samsung Galaxy S10.

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VW trained AIs to design better 3D printed car parts

VW trained AIs to design better 3D printed car parts

Car design may still be led by the heart, not the head, but VW is experimenting with artificial intelligence that could dramatically change how components are made, even growing them using cutting-edge 3D printing. The technology could help significantly lower weight, as well as give automakers greater flexibility in designing unusual parts for future models.

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