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Submission + - Try real-time GPU-based stereoscopic raytracing at home (taodyne.com)

descubes writes: "GPUs are powerful enough to do real-time ray-tracing nowadays, at least for simple scenes. Getting a 3D TV is really easy these days. So why not combine the two? In this demo, Taodyne demonstrates a simple real-time ray-traced scene, how you can interact with it, and how you can use it to render real 3D on stereoscopic displays. With sufficient GPU power, this technique even works on glasses-free 3D displays. And of course, you can use a number of other GPU tricks, like shaders from ShaderToy to add a little life to your slide elements. This is all based on freely downloadable software and widely available hardware, so you can try this at home now."

Submission + - Live coding: A 3D DNA strand (taodyne.com)

descubes writes: "Old timers may remember Logo, an interactive and graphical development environment that made it possible to explore ideas very quickly and made it fun to discover programming. A recently posted live coding tutorial shows the same basic idea applied to interactive 3D. In the video, an animated strand of DNA is constructed step by step simply by typing a simple script and looking at the result in real-time."

Submission + - Create 3D animated slideshows in minutes (taodyne.com)

descubes writes: "With animated backgrounds, 3D objects, YouTube videos and true stereoscopic 3D, all controlled by a dynamic scripting language, Tao Presentations is not your average presentation software. The latest release includes new easy to use themes to make it easy to create amazing animated slideshows in minutes."

Submission + - Converting RSS feeds to a dynamic 3D scene in 120 lines of code (nyud.net) 4

descubes writes: "Tao Presentations is a 3D presentation tool based on a 3D dynamic document description language. This makes it very easy for developers to create their own 3D shows, illustrate talks in an innovative way, even build small interactive 3D applications. An example included in the latest release grabs RSS feeds from a variety of sources (including Slashdot) and turns them into a 3D scene, all in real-time and in about 120 lines of code. It fetches the pictures directly from the web site and maps them on 3D shapes. And this is only a starting point. Tao Presentations can display 3D objects, drive the majority of 3D displays (including glasses-free 3D displays from Alioscopy, Philips or Tridelity), use GLSL shaders for advanced effects, and much more.

Tao Presentations is free (as in beer), and the document description language is based on the free (as in speech) XL programming language. If you get bored of Powerpoint and are looking for a more stimulating alternative, Tao Presentations may be what you were looking for."


Submission + - Google News, Slashdot and Twitter in 3D (nyud.net)

descubes writes: Looking for a cooler way to create twitter walls or read Slashdot? The latest demo of Taodyne's Tao Presentations renders RSS feeds from Google News, Twitter or Slashdot as a 3D scene in real-time. All it takes is about 120 lines of simple code to break down the data using regular expressions, and then create a dynamic scene containing texts, pictures, animations...

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