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NVIDIA are having as Borat would describe "great success!" with their 3D Vision technology. Today NVIDIA have released a 3D Vision module which enables Web developers to easily build websites for streaming high-quality 3D video to 3D Vision-equipped PCs. The technology is designed as a plug-in for Microsoft's new Media Platform Player Framework Web development solution, it's also available for free and there's also a how-to-guide at http://www.3dvisionlive.com/apps
If you'd like to know more, NVIDIA have provided some information and a 'how-to' guide on how to stream 3D video on your website.
I'm guessing you probably thought I meant "Shows", but no, there are in fact 3D shoes making their way to the market. Nike have released a pair of Zoom Kobe VI 3D shoes for the upcoming All-Star Game.
Insane! Look at them, really, do we need 3D shoes? Who is going to put 3D glasses on to look down at their own shoes? Or have some mates over and tell them excitedly "come over here and put these 3D glasses on!" "yeah, now what!", "dude, look at my shoes!!!".
A day early, Sony has released the 3.50 firmware to the PlayStation 3, allowing 3D Blu-Ray movie playback. Not much else to add yet, as most people are still downloading it.
So if you've got a PlayStation 3 and want some 3D Blu-Ray lovin', turn it on and let the updating begin!
Foxtel are set to launch Australia's dedicated 3D channel.
Foxtel, in November, are starting a 3D channel as well as introducing a new range of high-definition channels.
The quick move into 3D gives Foxtel an advantage as the free-to-air networks only broadcast 3D in trial mode. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will limit the trial broadcasts of the AFL and NRL grand finals from the Seven and Nine networks to all major cities while it had "a review of certain spectrum, licensing and consumer policy issues associated with 3D TV".
Patrick Delany, the Foxtel executive director of sales and product development said that they had been trialling a 3D channel for a while now and had realised there was plenty of content to push such a channel. He also added "There's turning out to be quite a bit here, plenty of live stuff coming down the pipes".
One of the things that most people don't like about the current 3D tech in homes and theaters is the need for glasses to view the content. In home theater tech the glasses are expensive active units typically costing $150 or more per set.
The real adoption of 3D TV at home will start when there are sets on the market that need no glasses to view. We are getting closer to the no glasses viewing with new displays like the Toshiba Mobile Display Co 21-inch autostereoscopic HD display that as revealed today needing no glasses.
The screen uses special multi-parallax technology to produce 3D images without needing glasses with wide viewing angles. The screen also has a special filter layer that makes it as bright as comparable 2D screens.
Everyone is going 3D; from Movies, to TV to personal gaming systems. It seems like the 3D craze is back. Many of these systems are quite good, others not so good and a few almost funny. One of the funny ones is the latest from Sony. They were talking up their 3D for the PS3 and finally had to admit that it was going to come at a price.
This price will not just be in money but there will also be some loss of detail and even the need to upscale to get to proper resolutions. It seems that to get 2D games to run 3D Sony broke the 1080 stream into two 720 streams at 30Hz. This is not exactly what you would have expected (1080p at 120Hz) and for games that already run at 720p they have to upscale to get the proper video information.
Of course you have a different story if the game is coded to run Sony's 3D natively.
Large OLED screens are very expensive. This is the reason we have only started to see OLEDs become common in smartphones. There are a few OLED TVs on the market, but they are so expensive that they are far from common today.
A company called TVLogic has unveiled a pair of new OLED displays for computer users that have 15-inch screens. The two displays share many of the same features including 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs and outputs, HDMI in, DVI in, and 1:1 pixel mapping.
The screens have 100,000:1 contrast ratios and 180-degree viewing angles among other features. The difference is that the LEM-150W is a 2D display while the TDM-150W is a 3D stereoscopic display. Pricing for the displays is unknown.
Sharp breaks a new milestone in the LCD panel market segment announcing today th world's first 3D LCD with four base colors (the standard base colors are a trio of red, green and blue, whereas Sharp has added yellow) to further improve on the quality of its 3D affect over competitors' offerings.
Sharp also claims that this new model of LCD is around 80% brighter than other models in its line-up as well as being the brightest in the market to date.
Complimenting Sharp's Aquos LCD TV line-up, we're not exactly sure when this new model will hit the market, only that Sharp say it will be 'sometime before summer' in Japan and it's expected it should start selling globally by the end of this year.
We should know quite a bit more about it when the company reveals more technical information on the panel sometime next month.
Mitsubishi has been in the home theater market for a long time with a wide range of TVs and other gear. The company has announced its new line of DLP 3D TVs for 2010 in large screen sizes and offering lots of features.
The new line of TVs integrates 16-speaker 5.1 Dolby digital surround sound and has internet media streaming capability. The sets are being offered in 60, 65, 73, and 82-inch screen sizes. The line of sets all use DLP tech for image quality on par with that in many movie theaters.
The new line of sets falls into the 628, 738, and 838 series. All of the sets support full 1080p resolution and are 3D ready. The 638 series ranges in price from $1,199 to $1,999. The 738 series ranges from $1,399 to $3,799. The 838 series runs from $2,199 to $4,499.
I have long though that 3D TV in the home won't really go mainstream until the tech is cheaper and you can watch without having to wear glasses. Glasses free 3D tech is certainly coming, look at the recently announced Nintendo 3DSi for proof.
A 3D TV has turned up on Amazon with scant information offered. Amazon doesn't even have a pic of the thing made by a company called StreamTV that according to Google doesn't exist (or at least it doesn't show up in search).
The set is a 42-inch unit with an integrated Blu-ray player that promises 3D playback without needing glasses. If you are brave, you can pre-order the thing for $5,999.99 with the set supposedly shipping on May 7.