Dinoglyphs

Been feeling at all out of touch lately? Wondered what the next big thing’s going to be? You came to the right blog post friend, because I’ll tell you what it is for free:

ANAGLYPHS

ANAGLYPHS

And what would be the perfect companion to this timely tech? Extinct animals. Namely:

DINOSAURS

DINOSAURS

Over the past few weeks at work, I got the chance to develop an educational Papervision3D/FLARToolKit application for the the BBC’s Learning Development site. I wrote up some nerdy/whiney¬†information on the process here, and the page itself can be found at the picture-link¬†below.

SpinARsaurus Challenge

Moving images containing terrible lizards are all very well; Steven Spielberg gave us those in 1993 – more than fifty years ago! But what that documentary promised to be the simple matter of drilling into amber and injecting mosquito blood into a frog, still hasn’t yielded any dino fun parks. What gives?

In order to fill this void (over the next couple of months, before one of the parks is complete and we’re busy petting T-rexes), I’ve made a dinosaur that looks so real you could touch it.

Dinoglyph
It will take a minute or two to load up, so please be patient! (You can’t rush virtual reality.) Moving the mouse around alters the spin speed and direction, and zooms in and out.

For the demo, I loaded in a second skeleton model, iterated over the texture files and ColorTransform-ed the red / green+blue out of them, respectively, then set their BlendModes to DIFFERENCE. After that, I moved the red copy a little left, the blue copy a little right, and applied all other movement relative to those locations.

The eventual colours work out well to be mutually invisible in the corresponding panes of the paper glasses that were bundled with the copy of Ben 10 Magazine I bought in shame. (FYI, decent journalism, but the word searches were MUCH too difficult for the recommended age bracket.) More sophisticated glasses will probably result in uneven colouring.

FUTURE
And you wont look as cool.

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  1. Ducky 2012.09.08 2:14am

    What a pleasure to find smonoee who thinks through the issues

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