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Samsung 3D Glasses compatible with other TVs when worn upside down

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2010

The incompatibility of glasses from 3DTV manufacturers is another sign that 3DTV is just a passing phase. And I find it to be an annoying one personally. Now there’s word from Samsung that they should work with other TVs if worn upside down. Which really stinks because you already look ridiculous enough.

The trick was revealed during a demonstration of Samsung’s 3DTVs in the UK, with R&D chief Simon Lee using a Panasonic 3DTV to explain the compatibility. The trick will only work on sets that use Active Shutter glasses, and so far it has only been tested with Samsung and Panasonic’s sets.

James Cameron, king of 3D, helps NASA design camera

Posted in 3D by Shane McGlaun on April 30th, 2010

James Cameron is the king of 3D thanks to Avatar. Avatar has made so much money around the world that Cameron should be able to buy himself an Oscar. Cameron is now working with NASA on a 3D camera design.

NASA had reportedly decided not to include a 3D camera on the Mars Curiosity rover due to budget concerns. Cameron then talked NASA into including the 3D camera on the rover though.

3D Motorola “Ming” clamshell

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on April 27th, 2010

Motorola’s 3D “Ming” clamshell is 3D capable. We know that because of a patent that appeared a few weeks ago, showing a clamshell that displays 2D content on each screen, but when closed the two screens together turn 3D.

We can’t be completely sure that this is the exact same phone as the one in the patent, but word on the street says it is. If Motorola is using the same parallax barrier technology that Nintendo’s said to be using in its 3DS handheld, could Moto be focusing more on games?

Newsight 70-inch 3D display don’t need no stinkin’ glasses

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on April 19th, 2010

The latest in glasses-free 3D displays comes from Newsight, who recently demonstrated a series of 3D naked-eye displays which include a massive 70-inch model. The display was exhibited in Finetech Japan 2010 in Tokyo and is said to be the largest in the world.

So how did they go so big with 3D and not require glasses? Thanks to Newsight’s parallax barrier technology. We don’t have any specs on this yet, but when we find out more from Newsight, we’ll let you know.

Samsung issues health warning for its 3D TVs

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on April 18th, 2010

Samsung’s common sense has finally caught up with their desire to make as much 3D money as possible. So they have decided to out some health issues that come packed with their 3D entertainment systems. No I-told-you-so. Not from us. We won’t say it.

But let me ask you this? Would you have bought a regular TV that told you it was dangerous to use when drunk, tired or pregnant? Probably not. Samsung says that their 3D televisions can cause confusion, nausea, convulsions, altered vision, lightheadedness, dizziness, and muscle twitching. You would think that the crappy quality of the plot in most movies these days is enough to bring on such symptoms alone.

Mitsubishi WD-82738 82 Inch 3D TV for $3800

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2010

Mitsubishi has announced three new lines of “affordable” 3D Home Cinema TVs. The most interesting model is the 82-inch DLP with 3D for just under $4,000. Sure DLP will bulk it up some, but if that’s a trade off you are willing to make, that’s not a bad price.

The WD-82738 adds StreamTV Internet Media, with applications like Pandora to Vudu to NY Times. The WD-82838 is another 82-inch set for $4,500, which also includes Immersive Sound Technology, and an integrated 16-speaker 5.1 surround sound system.

LG outs world’s first full LED 3D TV

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 28th, 2010

The LX9500 has an innovative backlight structure that will deliver an amazing 3D experience. It has a stunning brightness, a dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000,000:1, TruMotion 400Hz and of course a 3D picture. It’s available in 47 inch and 55 inch versions.

The LX9500 also supports the Multi Picture Format, the 3D picture standard that allows users to create and enjoy 3D content effortlessly. On the LX9500, viewers can immediately see images snapped with 3D cameras without having to first convert them on their PCs.

Samsung’s 3D glasses up for pre-order on Amazon

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2010

They won’t make you look like a fashion plate and so will probably show up on What Not To Wear, but Samsung has some new 3D specs for you. Starting at the lower lower-left and going clockwise, there is the $149.99 SSG-2100AB, $199.99 SSG-2200AR, and pink and blue $179.99 SSG-2200KR.

Those last two feature rechargeable batteries. The good news is that all are up for pre-order on Amazon, however with no release date announced yet.

Acer Japan to launch GD245HQbid 3D Monitor

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 25th, 2010

You don’t need a fancy pair of glasses to spot all the 3D TVs and monitors zooming in and out of our periphery. Now it’s Acer’s turn. Acer will be launching its new Gaming GD245HQbid 3D monitor for those in Japan tomorrow.

The monitor will cost you 45,000Yen (or $486), which we suppose is a decent price if we had any 3D games to play on it. This 23.6-incher features a 1000:1 contrast ratio and a 2ms response time. Looks like 3D glasses are sold separately, so…so much for that decent price.

Panasonic 3D TVs sell out in the US

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2010

Whatever you think about 3D, the new sets are selling. Panasonic has confirmed that it has sold out of its 3D TVs in the US, just a week after they went on sale in Best Buy stores.

And now Panasonic is taking back orders from retailers instead. Panasonic’s 50-inch plasma TV went on sale at Best Buy, bundled with a pair of 3D glasses and a 3D Blu-ray player for $2900 on March 10th. Panasonic is the first manufacturer to get these products to market even though there is very little content available to watch.

Avatar 3D Blu-ray coming in 2011

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2010

Avatar is coming to DVD/Blu-ray as early as next month, but it will be a no-frills 2D release. If you already bought your 3D TV for it, too bad. Avatar will have its first DVD/Blu-ray release on April 22, but you won’t find a single bonus feature anywhere. None of the stuff you love, like trailers, making-of featurettes, or commentary

Sources at Fox are saying that this is because they want all available storage space to be used for the best picture and sound possible. If you want all of the extra stuff, there’s a Special Edition coming in November, possibly with two discs.

Sony Japan’s 3DTV dates and pricing

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2010

3D continues to hit Japan in a big way. The 3DTV from Sony has now made it to Japan beating both Panasonic and Samsung. The edge-lit LED LX900 comes with the IR emitter built-in and two pairs of RealD active shutter glasses. The glasses are also available separately.

There’s even a face tracking feature that lets you know if you’re sitting too close. Gee, thanks. Are you my TV or my mom? Also, if you leave the room the TV dims out and goes off, which is nice.

Sony’s 3D Glasses will cost $133

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2010

Along with Sony’s upcoming 3D-capable LCD sets, the company has announced standalone shutter glasses and an infrared emitter to drive them. Are you sitting down? For a family of four, the 3D upgrade would cost $587. Yep, that’s a lot of scratch. I hope you at least get to see your money fly out of your wallet in glorious 3D.

Sony’s TDG-BR100 and TDG-BR50 active shutter glasses will cost about $133 each this June in Japan. The emitter will cost about $55 after conversion.

Shutter glasses for your 3D TV could cost $150

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on February 26th, 2010

Samsung is showing off their 3D TVs as well as the LCD shutter glasses you need to go with them. But if you are buying all the 3D hype, all of that gear is costing you tons of money and those glasses cost $150 a pair on top of all that other stuff.

Why so expensive? Well, shutter shades usually have a transmitter inside so that they can communicate with the TV, and a battery. Of course this is just one model. Maybe other Shutter glasses from Samsung will be cheaper.

MSI intros 24-Inch 3D All-In-One PC

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2010

MSI has a world’s first on it’s hands with the 3D AIO, which is ready to unveiled at next week’s CeBIT 2010 show in Germany. It’s the world’s first large screen all-in-one PC that can handle 1080p 3D video.

The 3D AIO features a 24-inch 120Hz LED display, 1080p resolution, and will come with 3D shutter glasses. That’s about all the details we have currently and we would like to know which processor it has. Expect this to be the first of many 3D all-in-one announcements this year.