This is rather interesting to see; I'll admit that before I read the website, I thought that perhaps the process of using it would be more complicated than worth the effort for all but a handful of professionals, though I see that it looks simpler than I'd thought.
[citation][nom]gilbertfh[/nom]It is amazing what kind of McGyver stuff film studios can pull off but I wonder how Nintendo feels about all this?[/citation]
Doesn't really matter what Nintendo thinks; if they know better, they'll milk this for publicity. If they don't, they'll either keep quiet about it, or make an empty claim.
Due to the First-Sale doctrine, as the DS is a physical product protected by patent law, a purchaser may dispose of the device in any means they see fit. Of course, it CAN void their warranty, but aside from that, Nintendo cannot actually tell anyone what they physically are and aren't allowed to do with their DS.
The only thing HDR Labs can't do here is actually SELL these items, since THAT would violate Nintendo's patent. However, they may freely give out instructions for modifying them. (much like, say, people giving out plans for converting hybrid cars to plug-in hybrids)
[citation][nom]IP dude dude[/nom]It is a fair use adaption of intellectual property,[/citation]
Actually, "fair use" only applies to use of copyrighted works; in the case of patented inventions, an owner of a device, as I mentioned above, may with it as they like. The Fair Use Doctrine has been recognized consistently by the US Supreme Court for over 100 years now.
I think this might be a new record for Kevin. Longest lapse between breakthrough and news article? I first heard about this at least 1.5 years ago, and the project started in '07-ish.
Well yeah, I guess there was that one about the revolutionary low-priced 3-D scanner that didn't actually scan in 3-D at all, just take turntable photos for a 360˚view of a product, as had been available for… well, ever really.
A new silver medal, then, to the existing gold medal holder.