Make Images 3D sans Goofy Glasses [Photography]

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3D pictures are interesting, but they rely on glasses that alter the way your left and right eye perceive images. This cool 3D image-creation technique doesn’t require glasses but still produces a 3D illusion.

Click on the above image to see the animation effect.

Instead of taking two images and combining them into one with each image highlighted in red and blue—or cyan and magenta, or any other color used for anaglyph images—the two images are animated and “wiggle” back and forth, which creates the illusion of depth.

All you need to make an wiggle-stereoscopic image is two pictures taken from one location roughly four inches apart or so to mimic the positioning of the human eyes. You can combine the images in one of two ways. The most traditional way would be to make an animated GIF—check out previously reviewed GifNinja—although at the link below they show you how to use Javascript and two JPEG images to do it.

Have your own experience creating stereoscopic or other 3D images? Let’s hear about it in the comments.






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Remains of the Day: Firefox Running on Android Edition [For What It’s Worth]

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Mozilla gets its first (full-size) Firefox browser running on an Android platform, Amazon inches toward a touch-controlled Kindle, HTML5 and free video get dissected, and Steve Jobs gets sharp-tongued in the grunge era.






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China Using Freebie Flash Drives to Spy on Britain [Espionage]

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UK security agency MI5 has issued a warning regarding freebie flash drives and cameras. Apparently Chinese spies are handing them out to UK businessmen in hopes of infecting their computers with trojans and gaining access to corporate secrets.

Of course old-fashioned methods—sex and money—are still being used as well, but it seems that few people expect an innocent gadget gift to contain danger in the form of a trojan or malware. After all, why else would a security agency’s 14-page report be focusing on this espionage approach more than it did on other tricks?

I guess it’s time for me to become a bit more paranoid about the pile of flash drives I picked up at CES. [Times Online via IEEE]

Note: Pictured flash drive is not a known spy and belongs to Gadget_Guru






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Spike Jonze’s Short Film Shows Us That Robots Handle Their Relationship Problems Just Like We Do [Robots]

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By getting drunk. Spike Jonze latest project I’m Here, a 30-minute tale about the ups and downs of robot love, is set to premier at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s also being used in an ad campaign for Absolute Vodka.

Fast Company discusses the film with executive producers Mark Figliulio and Matt Bijarchi:

“This isn’t the first time people have created branded content,” says Figliulio. “But it’s never really been accepted on its own merits. That’s the grey area we’re trying to explore.” Set in a gauzy version of L.A., it’s a love story about a boy and a girl—who also happen to be robots made from what looks like cast-off computer parts from 1994. That conceit allows Jonze to create a quirky, alternate world for their romance. In one scene, for example, the boy plugs in the girl for the night—which manages to become a scene of such delicate intimacy that it makes you squirm a little. (The male lead is played by Andrew Garfield, who was also just recently cast in David Fincher’s adaptation of The Social Network, a book about Facebook’s founding. Garfield plays Eduardo Saverin, who founded the company with Mark Zuckerberg.)

Given that a depressed robot sinking into alcoholism would probably paint Absolute in a negative light, I don’t expect any of the robot characters to go off an a Bender-like bender. Still, the humor in this partnership is hard to ignore. [Fast Company]






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