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Voyage to Pandora: First Interstellar Space Flight


Found this interesting video on YouTube. If you like science, space and our possible future, please enjoy!

Pandora is the idyllic blue world featured in the movie Avatar. Its location is a real place: Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to our Sun and the most likely destination for our first journey beyond the solar system.

The year is 2154. Our planet has been ruined by environmental catastrophe. In the movie Avatar, greedy prospectors from Earth descend on the world of an innocent hunter-gatherer people called the Na’vi.

Nintendo sees future of gaming in three dimensions


TOKYO – Nintendo, the world’s biggest maker of video-game players, said it aims to start selling a version of its DS handheld video-game machine that allows the user to play 3D titles without special glasses.

Nintendo plans to give details of the model at the E3 show in Los Angeles in June, and the console will go on sale in the next fiscal year, it said yesterday.

Nintendo follows rival Sony in counting on 3D technology to help boost sales growth of game consoles. Sony, which has said it will enable PlayStation 3 (PS3) machines to run games in 3D, plans to start selling game titles as well as Bravia televisions enabled for the format in June.

“It’s hard to foresee with the limited information disclosed today how Nintendo will appeal to customers by adding 3D images,” said Satoru Kikuchi, an analyst at Deutsche Bank AG in Tokyo. “I’m expecting to see examples of 3D game titles and more functions, such as strengthened Wi-Fi connections, added to the new model.” Kikuchi recommends investors “hold” the stock.

The gamemaker, which forecasts net income will fall 18 per cent to 230 billion ($3.6 billion) in the 12 months ending March 31, projects sales of the DS player will drop 3.8 per cent to 30 million in the fiscal year.

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Google tools to power virtual worlds


New technology will let virtual-world designers incorporate Google’s 3D Warehouse models, as well as terrain from Google Earth. Virtual-worlds platform developer Multiverse Network is set to announce a partnership Tuesday that will allow anyone to create a new online interactive 3D environment with just about any model from Google’s online repository of 3D models, its 3D Warehouse, as well as terrain from Google Earth.

The idea is simple: Multiverse’s technology–which gives game developers tools to design custom virtual worlds–will let those designers pick and choose from most of the millions of 3D models created using Google’s 3D software tool SketchUp, and to import pieces of terrain, as defined by entering specific longitude and latitude data, from Google Earth.

If you want to build a virtual world centered on, say, downtown San Francisco, you could use the new technology to create the area itself and populate it with the digital versions of real-world buildings that have been created and uploaded to the 3D Warehouse.
Virtual world images

“The goal is to grab things from the 3D Warehouse when looking at things in Google Earth and then make an instant multiverse world,” said Multiverse co-founder Corey Bridges. “What we’ve done is provide a more streamlined interface for using (Google’s technology) as a virtual-world production tool.”

Until now, incorporating this kind of information from Google has mostly been the province of fantasy. For some time, Multiverse has made it possible to upload some SketchUp models into a virtual world created using its platform. But the technology the company plans to announce Tuesday, informally called “Architectural Wonders,” brings the concept to much more well-rounded fruition, and answers what some people have been crying out for as obvious and necessary technology integration.

“Google’s mission statement is to make all the world’s information universally available and useful,” said Jerry Paffendorf, co-author of the Metaverse Roadmap and co-founder of a stealth start-up called Wello Horld. “So I would say this (is about) making all the world universally available and useful, and that’s why this is so fascinating.”

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