Leap Motion (my future interface and wife)

Pretty much scrambled to get to the pre-order section straight after seeing this demonstration promo for the Leap, a motion control user interface device currently in development that maps hand gestures with ridiculously fast accuracy.

While I’m still waiting on edge for what Windows 8 and Kinect are gonna bring to the table later in this year, the prospect of this device (and it’s cheap as tits US$70 price tag) seems too good to give up. And while the estimated shipping date is around the end of the year, I’d say that’s still faster than the Minority Report technology 40 years from now. Hells yeah.

Titanic 3D opened today

I dunno about you, but I actually, genuinely, want to see this 3D version; both as a James Cameron fanatic and the fact that he did this

Cameron tells British magazine Culture, “Oh, there is one shot that I fixed. It’s because Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is one of the U.S.’ leading astronomers, sent me quite a snarky email saying that, at that time of year, in that position in the Atlantic in 1912, when Rose is lying on the piece of driftwood and staring up at the stars, that is not the star field she would have seen, and with my reputation as a perfectionist, I should have known that and I should have put the right star field in.

“So I said, ‘All right, you son of a b**ch, send me the right stars for the exact time, 4.20am on April 15, 1912, and I’ll put it in the movie.’ So that’s the one shot that has been changed.” [ full article ]

To offset the fact that your head sponge now aware again of Titanic, here’s some excellent 8-bit posters.

His (artists) name is Eric Palmer

And one of the finest covers ever of that song.

Ben Kacyra: 3D’ing the ancient wonders

This is a really good talk on the need to preserve civilization’s history and how really groundbreaking 3D scanning technology will help in this endevour to do so.  Sweet demo of it at work at the end.