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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Rad: Glasses-Free 3D iPad with Head Tracking App

Very cool technology being toyed with that gives you a 3D view based on the position of your head. How? Like CamStache, it uses your front-facing camera for head tracking and then alters the image based on your angle. Pretty damn smart. (via MacRumors)

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Video: Vanishing Point Is Abstract LP Cover Trip-Out

For me, after a long day at Amoeba, this is what you see when you blink. And it is beautiful. We need more square format videos.

Vanishing Point is AfterEffects goodness from Bonsajo. (via WorkForFood)

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Video: “Let Yourself Feel” is Otherworldly and Gorgeous

Let Yourself Feel” dances and swirls like some gaseous, alien life form. Created by Esteban Diácono using just After Effects and Particular.

Esteban used the song “Ljósið” by the band Ólafur Arnalds. The band saw it, loved it, and has now made it their official video. Pretty damn cool. (Thanks, Nick!)

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Adv: Charming ‘Green’ Giant In German Energy Spot (Boom De Ya Da)


Nice 3D work. Recognize that song? (via NordfischBaby)


Discovery Channel used a less-cloying version of the Boom De Ya Da / I Love The World song last year and had their show’s personalities chime in, too. The Myth Busters snippet made me smile even more than the big german lug above. Also, the tagline is … wait for it …  awesome.

 

BONUS BOOM: See the rest »

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Video: Street Tests of Particle 3D Software


Freelance animator Najork did these insane street tests of Particle 2.0 3D software from Trapcode. Wish I knew After Affects, I’d be messing around with this right now. (Thanks, Jonathan)

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Projection: 555 Kubik Facade Is Straight Trippin’

Projections that interact with the building’s surface? Very cool. Projections that totally redefine the building itself? Sick! I would camp out and just stare at this all night. Whoa. (via WillWorkForFood)

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How It’s Done: Procedurally Generated City

This is a step-by-step demo of a dynamically generated “big city” by Shamus Young. It’s long but worth it. More geekily fascinating info here.

 

BONUS HOW’D-THEY-DO-THAT:

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Check out this scene progression from Pixar ‘Up’, from storyboard to final render. So much goes into these flicks, you can almost see why movie tix are now $300 a pop.

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Distraction: Play Virtual Spider

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Swedish Designer/Developer, Tomas Eriksson created this Virtual Spider in Flash 3D. He’s got a bunch of other little things to play with, too. Like these Breakdancers. Check out his site. (via WorkForFood)

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Tech: HD Video Projection On Old SF Mint

The piece was created by Obscura Digital and sponsored by McAfee.

Obscura modeled the Mint in 3-D, then used 3DSMax, along with their own proprietary software, to do the media. Add seven HD projectors and you’ve got this awesome spectacle I would’ve stared at all night. 

More details and HD version here.

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Tech: Video Projection x 3D Mapping

These’ve been floating around for a few months, but worth a second look …

AntiVJ & Crea Composite: Nuit Blanche Bruxelles.
Watch at 3:50. That’s when this stuff’s potential reaches out and slaps you in the face. (more from AntiVJ).

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