When it comes to spectacular forms of illumination LED Cubes lead the way, but they are dime a dozen in today’s high tech world. Hungarian tech start-up PirateGames have recently been show-casing their take on the LED cube, the PiXXL, and it has a twist that may just re-invigorate the way we look at these brightly lit six sided cubes, its interactive.
As its name might suggest each of the giant cubes six sides are covered in a 32×32 grid of RGB LED pixels but buried underneath its skin is a Raspberry Pi with a full array of motion sensors that gives the PiXXL the ability to sense movement aloowing it to interact with its owner.
Video projectors are the holy grain of the home theatre for many people. Able to produce a massive picture for a reasonable price all from within the comfort of your own home. As with all displays the technology driving these wonders periodically takes a leap. The latest leap in projector technology is the Laser Projector, a projector that replaces the old-fashioned light bulb for LED Lasers as the source of light. This change improves the brightness, efficiency and colour reproduction of the projector producing a far better image for less money, and improves the longevity while lowering power consumption. Lasers do in fact make everything better.
Red, the makers of some of the most desirable high end camera gear are branching out to make a mobile phone. Red being Red you can be guaranteed that this will be no normal Android mobile phone, not by any stretch of your imagination. Early demonstrations seem to suggest this is exactly the right assumption, from its titanium industrial looking body to its holographic display this is shaping up to be a work of high tech art. Red are aiming to manufacture nothing short of a cinematic revolution that can fit into your pocket.
Microsoft’s augmented reality (AR) headset HoloLens is becoming more useful every day and it hasn’t even been released yet, the developers edition is due next month. The latest mind blowing use for the Buck Rogers helmet (headset) is teleportation, or rather holoportation. A name that unintentionally blends holodeck (and HoloLens too) with teleportation, two of our favorite Star Trek technologies. Luckily it’s also a very accurate description of the technology.
Through the magic of technology Holoportation allows two disparate people to share their presence, to communicate. Sending your live image (avatar) instantly over vast distances you can now appear to be in the room with your friends and visa versa, as long as you are all wearing HoloLens AR headsets.
Over the past couple of years many puzzled people have been witness to a mysterious series of numbers appearing in the skies before their very eyes. With no visible craft to explain the slowly growing stream of digits many have stared upward and wondered why is Pi appearing in the sky?
Watching the many videos that have captured the mysteries numbers floating upon high you will quickly notice that they seem to continue on for an eternity, stretching to the horizon. The display is actually always the same, Pi expressed to 1000 digits (3.14…etc) which probably does require a canvas the size of the sky to complete, makes my wrists hurt and Pacer pencil cringe just thinking about it.
A TV revolution is well underway, no longer are our viewing habits a prisoner to Free To Air, Network or Cable TV. Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services are tuning us into this revolution and streaming devices are key to unlocking the stream. Serving all of your modern media needs streamers are the set top box of the future ready to stream today. Combine these modern streamers with Kodi and you have an affordable way to access unbelievable amounts of content at the click of a button.
This does leave the tricky question of which streamer to hook up to that flat panel display? If like us you use Kodi (formerly XBMC) to stream media on a daily basis then the question becomes a little more complicated and then a lot simpler. The following is our journey of discovery to find the perfect Kodi streamer for around $200.
Bringing photons to life in a stunning 3D holographic display has till now been then the domain of men in white coats with immensely powerful lasers and a myriad of mirrors. Typically not something that we all have access to and let’s face it not many of us could get away with it in our living rooms.
Holograms however don’t need to be that complicated, there is an easy way that anyone can do and the results are simply stunning. YouTuber MrWhosTheBoss has put together a little DIY tutorial that will show anyone how to build the simple Holographic projector with a few bits of clear plastic and some sticky tape.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the DIY tutorial that will lead to hours of oows and ahhs in your living room. Sit back relax and prepare to amaze your friends and family with the Star Wars display made from spare plastic and sticky tape.
Weatherman Jim Cantore recently emerged from the Weather Channels research facilities to amaze the world with ‘The Labs’ 3D Tornado simulator. The Lab itself is described as an interactive augmented reality weather presentation facility, it is in reality a television studio filled with next generation production and display technology.
The first video to use the Labs interactive visualization technology to its fullest is the ‘3D Visualization of the Anatomy of a Tornado’ which demonstrates the inner workings of a twister in never before seen levels of detail. The second video Anatomy of a Lightning Strike is equally as impressive.
If you see Romeo versus Juliet a thousand times it turns out the same each time but sport is different, sports is a night out with a surprising finish every time. A form of entertainment that is as popular as ever. While the games might stay pretty much the same the stadiums are evolving fast. Forget safety or lavatories the latest mind blowing addition to any great stadium is 3D Projection, a new talent that brings the court or rink to life in spectacular fashion.
Many stadiums throughout the US and Canada are being upgraded with projection capabilities, the start of 2015 saw nearly 50 in the US alone. The Atlanta Hawks home the Philips Arena and The Toronto Maple Leafs home the Air Canada Centre are two of the best examples of this technology executed spectacularly. Which is the best is hard to say, watch both videos and you decide.
Lighting anything other than a Christmas tree these days seems to still involve the same bulb shaped lights, are we trapped by the socket and spheres of the past!? One Idaho based start-up, Rohinni, is trying to change all this with its illuminating paper, LightPaper. The world’s thinnest LED light source LightPaper is as thin as a piece of paper and cooler than a room full of Fonzies. Mold it to any surface and wire it up to flash to the beat LightPaper might just be the next generation of LED lighting.
Rohinni seems to have perfected the art of printing LED lighting solutions. The Rohinni printing process involves mixing ink with tiny LEDs and printing this solution onto a conductive layer, sounds simple but perfecting a process such as this is never an easy feat. This paper thin circuit is then sandwiched between two outer layers, sealing the entire package or sheet of LightPaper. The process can be applied to almost any shape and surface, illuminating the world in entirely new ways.