Captured Dimensions and its 3D People-Scanning Bring Out the Almost Real You

Categories: Tech, Visual Art

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Captured Dimensions
Williams holds his own full-color, 3D-printed bust.
Inside a nondescript, hard-to-find office in Richardson, a man named Jordan Williams takes many forms. There's a full-color, miniature bust of him on the edge of a desk. On the wall a few feet from the front door hangs a hi-res picture of Williams holding said bust. And last but not least, he stands inside the entrance, in the flesh. As the president of Captured Dimensions, a 3D scanning and printing company, it's completely normal for Williams to find little plastic figurines of himself, his wife and his newborn daughter all over his office. "My personal favorite [project] so far has been scanning my daughter," Williams says. "It has a lot of personal significance for me. In 20 years, she'll be all grown up, and we'll be able to look at not just the 3D print but all the digital stuff. I'm hoping to scan her about once a month so I can do a 3D growth chart. I don't think that's ever been done."

Williams, a Texas native, started Captured Dimensions back in August or September of 2012 (he can't quite remember) by testing out the technology available for 3D scanning and printing. In October 2012, Williams committed himself to the full-time development of the business and refinement of the process, and by March he started taking on clients. After being in business for less than a year, the company is already storing hundreds of thousands of images in 3D format (similar to what an awards show viewer might see via E! Entertainment's GlamCam 360). For Williams, who's been obsessed with technology from a young age, especially the ever-evolving world of 3D printing, this company is a dream come true. And he's helping others realize their dreams, too.

Some of his first paying customers were professional artists. "They spend so much effort and put so much blood, sweat and tears into making some amazing sculpture," Williams says. "They spend months on it, and then it's one of a kind. There's a huge need for that community to be able to capture what they've done and share it with people in a different way. All of those folks have had people out there ask, 'Is there any way I can buy a smaller version?' It's been possible for about 20 years, but it was really, really expensive." That's where Captured Dimensions comes in. What was once only available to industry execs is now a reality for almost everyone.

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Apple Got a Patent for the Page-Turn, Which May Send Mark Cuban Over the Edge

Categories: Tech

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The design submitted to the patent office.
In this week's Dallas Observer, we have a long look at the goofiness of the U.S. patent system, which lots of smart people agree is suffocating innovation in this country. One of those smart people is local billionaire Mark Cuban, who's been on a jihad against patent laws for a while. He wrote this back in March:

Anyone who reads this blog knows how much I hate patent laws. I think 99pct of the time they are anti-competitive, corruptive, impede creativity and innovation and can kill small businesses. I think the ratio of patent law doing a good job protecting company IP vs it being used purely to negatively impact competitors or to troll for un-earned revenue is probably 1000 to 1, or worse.

Well, he's going to really love this: Apple just secured a patent for turning the page.

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UT Dallas Has Created Robots That Play Chess

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The UTD Robotic chess team sets up for a demonstration at Klyde Warren Park
Bobby Fischer said that "chess is war over the board. The object is to crush the opponent's mind." If chess is a war, then the minds at UTD have just gone nuclear.

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Five Ways to Use Klyde Warren Park

In a joint effort between UTD's electrical and mechanical engineering departments and the legendary UTD chess program -- world-championship legendary -- have combined to create robot chess, which was on display at Klyde Warren Park over the weekend. If you thought chess was all broken bottle cap glasses and pocket protectors, think again.


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Picasso and Braque is the Cubist App(le) of Kimbell Art Museum's iPad

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Pablo Picasso's "Still Life with a Bottle of Rum," 1911
Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum has trumped Tom Hanks and his high-tech Da Vinci Code shenanigans by using Apple's iPad as a virtual museum guide for their Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910-1912 exhibition.

The Kimbell supplies the iPads preloaded with an application called iCubist, created specifically for this event by the California-based MegaVision. More like preloaded with awesomeness, in my opinion.

iCubist contains "spectral images" of several paintings at different light frequencies, like ultraviolet and infrared, which allows users to uncover Picasso and Braque's creative process. These images also reveal features otherwise invisible to the human eye while highlighting unique elements of the pieces, the artists and Cubism in general.

Considering Señor Pablo loved him some ladies, who knows what you may see. Think of the possibilities.


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