This might sound crazy, but what if. What if in the future an artist, say a sculpturist(?) instead of making a "real" model has a 3d hologram piece of clay. He/she sculpts that, with the help of a LEAP type input device, then just exports that hologram to a file and has it printed via a 3d printer. Am I crazy? Even if I am that sounds pretty neat to me.
Spot on, Cadman-LT. The combination of 3D technologies and the new haptics and user input devices like the Leap (all of which are taking a page from the gaming industry) are really pushing the 3D envelope. We'll see that experience translated into immersive virtual experiences like Giza and other historical endeavors, but will also see it making its way into full-blown engineering environments that will make the whole design experience much more interactive and immersive without having to have access to a multi-million virtual reality CAVE.
That seems to be the idea. I worked on a military project where they would have like to have had such a model of the battlefield. Back then we assumed that we would use holographic technology to do this.
Take all of the 3D, combined with something like the new LEAP...hard to imagine what it will all lead to. It should prove to be very interesting though! From an engineering point it could and probably will totally change how things are designed. And that's just one thing.
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