PicLens – Browse Web Media in FullScreen 3D


I checked out PicLens a while back when the tool first came out. They’ve added a whole bunch of new features so it seems like a good time to revisit them. PicLens by Cooliris is a plugin that integrates with your web browser to display you the photos (or whatever media) on whatever website you’re on in glorious fullscreen 3D.

PicLens of My Flickr Photos
Screenshot of PicLens on my Flickr Page

Basically the way PicLens works is when you are on a page with images, you mouse over an image and you’ll see a PicLens icon. When you click on the icon, PicLens takes over and you switch you a fullscreen view of the images in 3D. PicLens takes advantage of 3D hardware acceleration to provide a really smooth browsing experience even if you are flipping through 1000s of photos.

PicLens of My Flickr Photos
Screenshot of PicLens on my Flickr Page

What’s cool about PicLens since I’ve last saw them is that they’ve added support for so many more things. You can view images from Flickr, PhotoBucket, Facebook, MySpace. On top of that, you can also browse Youtube, MSNBC, ESPN and movie trailers. PicLens has definitely come a long way. PicLens is definitely worth checking out especially if you like browsing in totally cool immersive experiences.

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Eye Tracking Interface for World of Warcraft

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NewScientistTech reports that eye tracking technology has been applied to the online game World of Warcraft to allow people with severe motor disabilities to play 3D computer games like World of Warcraft (read: waste countless hours) using only their eyes. I say anything that allows disabled people to lead more normal lives is great. But of all the things eye tracking has been applied to, WoW is the best they could come up with? How about locomotion by applying eye tracking system to a wheel chair? Eye tracking for remote control, phone dialing, etc. The applications are endless. Maybe those have already been done to death and I just don’t know about it.

I have one great idea: Eye tracking for car drivers. If your gaze has been steadily off the road while in a moving vehicle, the car could try to wake you up. What about eye tracking for judges? If your eyes are off the competition for a length of time, it could signal you. I know I could use one of those sometimes. Any other ideas are greatly appreciated.

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