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The Mercury News: New 3-D Effect Could be a Bright Spot for Sun

Feb 18, 2004, 17:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dean Takahashi)

"The Web browser on Hideya Kawahara's laptop seems to play mind games with you, drawing you into the computer screen with three-dimensional images that float in space.

"A Web page appears to be transparent, allowing you to see the details of other pages behind it. Kawahara grabs the page with the mouse and stacks it sideways so that it becomes just one among several books on a shelf. Then he spins it around so that he can write a Post-it note on the back.

"It seems like Kawahara should be at Microsoft developing a future version of Windows software. But the 33-year-old creator of this 3-D effect, dubbed Looking Glass, is a programmer at Sun Microsystems in Santa Clara. He's part of a crew creating desktop software for the freely available Linux operating system. So far, many desktop versions of Linux emphasize how it can mimic the functions of Microsoft's Windows and Office software..."

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