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Can Your Phone Do This?

Think your cell phone is cool now?  With new ground-breaking enhancements, mobile phones are getting cooler than ever before.

Engineers are capitalizing on the recent popularity of 3-D technology in movie theaters by creating a cell phone that projects 3-D images, and without having to wear any goofy glasses. Although it appears to be an average smart phone, when it is moved from a vertical to a horizontal orientation, the image on the screen becomes 3-D.

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Skin Cell Bio Printer Could Help Burn Victims

skin cell printer

Another important advancement is on the way in the world of 3-D bio printing. Biomedical engineers at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine have created an inkjet bio printer that sprays skin cells over wounds, helping them heal more rapidly.

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Fly Through Cities with Google “Earth View”

GoogleEarthView

Google Earth will soon let you virtually experience the planet’s largest cities in more detail than ever before. Thanks to the integration of Google’s Street View technology, users can now swoop through cities at any altitude and tour the streets in 3D without leaving the house. Video demo after the jump.

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Digital Fireflies

Ever dreamed of a 3D visualization system that doesn’t involve goofy goggles? Researchers at MIT might soon have you covered.

A new project at MIT’s SENSEable City Lab (the same folks who are working on the London Cloud) involves miniature LED-fitted helicopters that can be programmed to rearrange themselves into shapes and images while they hover in front of you.

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Making Trees Dance

Tree

When it comes to accurately representing the world in 3D, animators face many challenges. Phenomena in the natural world (think water, plants, fire, clouds, etc.) often move in complex and unpredictable ways that can be difficult to mimic virtually. That’s why software engineers at the University of Bath have developed an animation program that helps animators model the movement of windswept trees. [video after jump]

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