Archive for 3D

Sony’s first 3D receiver for $500

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

3D is a real pain in the ass. First, all of this new fancy 3D equipment is costing you a lot. But it’s not just the price. Your receivers can’t pass 3D signals because they aren’t equipped with HDMI 1.4. Here’s some more bad news. Only one of Sony’s 4 new receivers supports 3D.

The 7.1 channel, 110W STR-DN1010 will be Sony’s “affordable” 3D receiver. It will cost you $500 when it becomes available this June. It’s the first to support HDMI 1.4 3D pass-through technology over 4 HDMI ports.

Panasonic’s 3D full HD TVs get prices and dates

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

Panasonic Japan, just like everyone else, is going 3D crazy. Today they presented 6 3D products to be rolled out soon. And the company has priced and dated these new TVs, Blu-ray recorders and players for the Japanese market.

The VIERA TH-P54VT and TH-P50VT2 feature 54 inches and 50 inches of screen size. Both plasma TVs are full HD with 3D. Sadly you need to wear Active shutter glasses for that 3D experience. Some other specs include a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1, VIERA link, web connectivity, 4 HDMI ports, multiple TV tuners, eco-mode, full range 16×4cm×2 speakers and a 10cm sub-woofer. Be prepared to pay a premium for the 3D experience.

Ikonoskop A-cam3D shoots 1080p RAW video in stereo

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2010

It looks like a new version of a view-master. That’s because this baby is all about shooting 1080p RAW video in stereo. We don’t know much about it right now, but Ikonoskop is just teasing us with some specs. One thing we do know is that we likely won’t be able to afford one.

But we want one. The company already has a $10k 1080p RAW camera, the A-cam dII, and now it’s using the same tech for 3D. With battery and memory this guy weighs 6 pounds and will be able to record 25 or 30 fps in individual RAW sequences and will be built on order.

3D Blu-ray ready by summer 2010?

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on December 12th, 2009

3D Blu-ray ready by summer 2010?Looks like we might be able to enjoy 3D Blu-ray movies by next summer. According to NVIDIA’s PR manager for the UK and Northern Europe, Ben Berraondo, the Blu-ray Association has finally agreed on the details of 3D Blu-ray.

NVIDIA’s 3D Vision Technology will be able to display this new standard, but most of us would need to upgrade our existing hardware as many HDTVs run at a 60Hz refresh rate, while 3D films require a refresh rate of 120Hz. I’m still not sure this 3D thing isn’t just a fad, but I guess no one wants to miss out, so every company is jumping on the bandwagon.

gCubik: A 3D TV in a cube

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on March 10th, 2009

gCubik: A 3D TV in a cubeJapan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT for short) has announced the development of an interesting device called the gCubik. The gCubik allows you to visualize objects in three dimensions through its integrated imaging technology.

Essentially you have a box with six screens, that simulates a 3D object inside, that is also interactive via touchscreens. The institute is looking at commercializing the gCubik for use in business, science and of course gaming. Check out a video below.

TDVision to show method for full HD 3D video streams

Posted in 3D by Shane McGlaun on January 2nd, 2009

TDVisionI always see some really cool gear at CES each year and CES 2009 will be no different. At CES 2008, one of the coolest things I saw was a 3D gaming demo NVIDIA put on. I can’t wait for 3D gaming to be more accessible for the average gamer. Perhaps one of the most exciting things at last year’s show and this year’s show will be technology to allow for 3D full HD TV viewing.

A company called TDVision has announced that it will be showing the world’s first 3D/2D compatible full HD stereoscopic broadcast and Blu-ray format. The TDVCodec is a system for encoding and decoding HD 3D video streams that can broadcast at 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Holocube 3D Projection Box won’t let you talk to Darth Vader

Posted in 3D by Conner Flynn on November 28th, 2008

Holocube 3D Projection Box won’t let you talk to Darth VaderNow you can enjoy 3D imaging right on your desk with this interesting holographic display ‘Holocube 3D Projection Box’. It sports an integrated HDD that stores video and uses it to create 3D Holograms at a resolution of 1080i. It won’t produce a Princess in trouble, telling you that you are her only hope. Nor will it let you talk to your Sith lord or Sith apprentice in real time.

But it is pretty awesome. It’s available in 10-inch, 15-inch, or 17-inch models, with a 40GB hard drive. The Holocube can store up to 18-hours of compressed video at 4Mb/s on its 40GB hard drive, which can then be converted into a 3D hologram. You also get an optional floor stand for easy transportation.

3Dconnexion 3D mouse compatibility for Second Life

Posted in 3D by Shane McGlaun on April 3rd, 2008

Second Life gets 3Dconnexion Mouse CompatibilitySecond Life is still a very popular game, or application depending on how you look at it. I was watching CSI: New York (yes I was that bored) and they even had an episode that was very intertwined with Second Life.

3Dconnexion, the Logitech company that makes the SpaceNavigator 3D mouse, announced today that Second Life will be a SpaceNavigator compatible application starting in mid-April. The SpaceNavigator promises more fluid control of an avatar and more.

iZ3D tries to deliver 22-inch 3D gaming monitor

Posted in 3D,Displays by Nino Marchetti on August 28th, 2007

iz3d-22.jpgiZ3D, a developer of 3D imaging products, announced today the launch of a 22-inch 3D gaming monitor. The new 22-inch widescreen monitors are priced at around $1,000.

The iZ3D 22-inch gaming monitors incorporates S-3D drivers to take full advantage of a variety of high end performance technologies found in graphics cards and Intel processors. Dual modes let gamers switch between 2D and 3D gaming modes, with 3D gaming mode supported by included 3D passive polarized glasses.

Philips Introduces 20-inch 3D WOWvx Displays

Posted in 3D,Displays,Philips by Darrin Olson on June 19th, 2007

Philips 3D WOWvx 20 inch displayPhilips has taken the wraps off of some new 20-inch 3D displays as the latest addition to their WOWvx line of products. The displays appear to be targeting more of commercial use as a medium to draw more attention and increase brand awareness from consumers at indoor shops or mall kiosks. The WOWvx displays provide a 3-dimensional looking picture that’s viewable with the naked eye without the need for any type of special 3D glasses and will likely draw more of your attention when you first see one than would a standard 2D display.

The 20-inch model has two versions, one as a frame-mount for the wall (20-3D2W01) and the other with a bezel and stand for a desktop (20-3D2W04). This type of 3D display technology is not necessarily new but Philips is one of the first to market the product …