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.
Have your own experience creating stereoscopic or other 3D images? Let’s hear about it in the comments.
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.
Android Progress: More Pixels Edition A Mozilla developer shows off his progress on a Firefox Mobile port to Android by loading a full Firefox browser inside Google’s mobile OS. The key part is an assurance that progress is happening “at a good clip.” [Vladimir Vukićević]
H.264 to Remain Fee-Less for Free Internet Video Through 2016 Speaking of HTML5, the patent holder on H.264—one of two video container formats supported in HTML5—has announced it won’t be seeking money from videos “free to the end user.” Doubtful that Firefox will read that as “Open,” but it’s a baby step forward for compatibility. [Daring Fireball]
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]
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]
Humming, mouth-strumming, BAH-ing—whatever you call it, it’s not singing. But no matter! iPhone app Voice Band cuts even the laziest vocal utterances into multilayer, multi-instrumental songs. $3. [Gizmag]