PC Magazine: Watch NASA’s Historic Ingenuity Helicopter Flight on Mars in 3D

PC Magazine: Watch NASA’s Historic Ingenuity Helicopter Flight on Mars in 3D. “If you thought watching NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter fly across the Martian sky last month was exciting, you’re in for a real treat. Engineers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration rendered the historic third flight in 3D, lending what the agency called ‘dramatic depth’ to the short trip—as the chopper lifts into the air, zips off screen, and returns moments later for landing.”

Quartz: Despite global warming, some reefs are flourishing, and you can see it in 3D

Quartz: Despite global warming, some reefs are flourishing, and you can see it in 3D. “The videos themselves are an astonishing and important part of the project. Although the corals look computer generated, the videos represent actual reef systems shot with off the shelf DSLR cameras. They are assembled from as many as 4000 photographs, shot by divers who swim lawnmower patterns over the reef, snapping a picture every second. The images are then run through a software process called photogrammetry, which stitches the images together into a 3-dimensional whole, allowing the viewer to glide across the reef with resolution down to one centimeter.”

MakeUseOf: DIY Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to 3D Printing

If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about 3D printing – how it works, the vocabulary, the possibilities, etc – MakeUseOf has one heck of an overview. “You’ve probably heard of 3D printing. It was supposed to be the new ‘Industrial Revolution.’ People would be able to fabricate anything in their own homes! An upgrade for your car could be printed in a matter of minutes. It hasn’t taken over the world just yet, but I’m here to talk you through everything you need to know to get started.”

Reuters – Hong Kong uses 3D archive to preserve kung fu heritage

Using 3D technology to preserve Hong Kong Kung Fu techniques. “There are hundreds of differing fight styles classed as kung fu, which soared in popularity globally following a series of films featuring U.S.-born and Hong Kong-raised actor Bruce Lee, who died in 1973. But as kung fu’s popularity waned in recent years, practitioners worried about passing the martial arts form to future generations. The 3D project, known as the Hong Kong Martial Arts Living Archive, aims to capture and preserve more than 400 different kung fu styles. About 50 have been recorded so far.”

SketchUp Being Tested As Browser-Based Software

Holy cow! Remember SketchUp? Google used to own it but it was sold to Trimble Navigation in 2012. One of the things I didn’t like about it was its reliance on Windows, but now there’s apparently a Web version. “You might not have known that the folks at Trimble’s SketchUp division have released (earlier this month) an open beta for their new SketchUp in the Cloud version named, my.sketchup. Senior associate editor, Pete Evans, AIA, first became aware of this and brought it to my attention. If you didn’t know either, you are hardly alone. Trimble and the folks at SketchUp have been pretty darn quiet about this release. And it’s not always easy to find news on Trimble’s press release page either.”

New Free Tool Puts 3D Models into VR

A new tool has been released that turns your 3D models into VR. “The software can be installed as a plugin and is compatible with Revit, Sketchup and .obj files, as to integrate fully into your workflow. The VR experience can then be viewed on all leading VR headsets, including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, GearVR and Cardboard.” It’s free.

French Automobile Manufacturer Citroën Launches Online Museum

French automobile manufacturer Citroën has launched a new online museum. “The site is called “Citroën Origins” and features about 50 cars spanning from 1919 to present day. Users can select any of the vehicles to take in a 360-degree view of exterior and the interior. The interior view is particularly immersive, allowing the user to look up, down and around. You can even zoom in for a closer look. If you get bored with that, press the car’s key on the left of the screen, and you can listen to each car fire up and rev.”

Database of 3D Biomedical Animations

This sounds interesting: a database of 3D biomedical animations. “Have you ever wanted to see what’s going on inside the human body? The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Victoria is creating a free online database of more than 100 scientifically accurate 3D biomedical animations.” I took a look at “Molecular Visualisations of DNA,” which was a 3-minute YouTube video. Very interesting, but the background noise of the video (not the narration, but the background noise) was distracting and kind of creepy.

Lifehacker: The Best Free Resources for Getting Started With 3D Printing

From Lifehacker: the best resources for getting started with 3D printing. “To help get you started, here’s a breakdown of some of the most fundamental resources to consider when starting out with 3D printing–no experience or spending required. By using the tools outlined here once or twice, you will have a better understanding of 3D printing terminology, how 3D designs are created, and where to get your 3D prints made.”

New Tool Creates Images From Your Description

TheNextWeb has a writeup on an interest app called WordsEye. Basically you describe the scene you want to create and it’s created. “The technology behind it works by speech tagging and analyzing the context of the words used. Statistical parsing is used to bring the sentences into a format the computer understands and uses to create the 3D image.” I wanted to play around with it a bit but it’s in closed beta; I’m waiting on an invite. If you’re friends with me on Facebook you know I post my weird dreams occasionally; now I have an illustration tool!