Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Crysis2 Concept Art

Some more concept art for Crysis2 is up on CGtopia by Viktor Jonsson. It is inspirational to see these environments come alive in his illustrations to such a level that they feel playable. Here we have mood and detail, colour and lighting. Here are a couple, but see the post for more:



[Crysis2 concept art by Viktor Jonsson via CGtopia]

Monday, 19 December 2011

Techy Bits

Here are a few interesting bits of tech that swam past over the last little bit that are worthy of a few seconds of blogginess:

Throwable Spherical Panoramic Camera Ball

The Ball Camera is a clean and simple idea of having enough cameras in a throwable ball so you can get a 360 degree look at a spot once thrown. Quality of the splicing looks like it could be better/smoother, but the video speaks for itself - clever.
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Sony HMZ-T1 3DTV Headset
The idea of nice headsets for VR or AR is till something waiting for something of a revolution. We generally dont want to have silly headsets on, but when the quality gets good enough to blow our socks off we will change our minds fast enough. We wear headphones for things and when 3D vision headsets give us full peripheral screens at hi-res we will don them as well and it will be super.

I am doubtful Sony's HMZ-T1 headset will be what is needed - but perhaps it is another little step along the way - maybe it will be a big step, bringing a fully realised commercial product to market.


Here is the same unit with some head tracking thrown in:


HP Envy Laptops
While we dont seem to get these HP Envy Laptop babies in Oz (why?) there are things worthy of note. The design is frustratingly too much like the MacBookPro. We know the MBP design is gorgeous, but that doesnt mean there arent other designs for laptops that can look just as good. Sigh - HP have crafted a laptop that looks basically the same...

 
[HP Envy Laptop promo image via the official site]

Looks arent everything though, the laptop boast some serious hardware including the 3D screen and some nice sub-systems.