Little projector beams big images up to 300 inches diagonally
The next time you plan a movie night, you may want to stay inside. That's what Acer hopes, anyway -- the company just announced its H5380BD home entertainment projector for U.S. consumers. The company's projector displays 720p HD (1280x720) images in 16:9 widescreen format, while also offering up 144Hz 3D support at 3,000 lumens, prompting Acer to advertise "movie-quality projection."
Most 3D technology doesn't seem to have really sparked users' fires, but the minds behind Skype aren't convinced it's time just yet to give up. Skype revealed a few days ago that they have actually been working toward officially supporting 3D video calls in the near future, once the "ecosystem of devices" is ready.
Projector pricing has fallen sharply in the past 12 months.
For some people, investing in a projector is a no-brainer, now that prices are comparable to LED televisions. For example, Acer's new H5370BD runs $549, beams images up to 300 inches, supports 720p HD, and is 3D ready, to name a few of the features. If you have a mancave (or womancave) that's suitable for a projector, it might make more sense than plunking down the same amount of cash for a 42-inch LED TV, which is about what you can get on that budget (sales notwithstanding).
Tomb Raider features the world's first real-time hair rendering technology.
AMD, in partnership with Square Enix studio Crystal Dynamics, is determined to end the era of "totally unrealistic hair" in video games. Yes, we're serious. As AMD explains, we've all been duped in the 3D era by short haircuts, updos, and even non-removable helmets, all of which are attempts to disguise the problem of unrealistic hair. Oh, the outrage! Fear not, fellow gamers, AMD's "TressFX Hair" technology signals an end to those hideous hair days.
The Acer H6510BD projector offers instant 2D to 3D conversion in HD with no extra software required.
Acer on Thursday announced that it's H6510BD projector for displaying 3D movies and games is now available in the United States. The H6510BD features Full HD 1080p support and converts 2D content passed through the HDMI port to 3D on-the-fly without any extra software. It also supports all the popular 3D technologies, including Blu-ray 3D, DLP 3D, and Nvidia 3DTV Play.
It's good to know that while everyone's talking up tablets and the so-called post PC era, there are still companies dishing out high-end hardware. Boutique system builder Origin PC is one of those companies, and nobody's going to confuse its EON17-SLX gaming laptop with a slate. It is, however, a desktop replacement that you can deck out as far as your budget allows, and it now comes with a 3D display option.
Samsung's getting ready to reboot its flagship gaming notebook, the Series 7 Gamer, with a funky fresh yellow paint job, 3D display, and new internals built around Intel's Ivy Bridge platform. As reconstructed, the Series 7 Gamer will sport punchier graphics and faster storage that ventures into solid state drive territory, though it will still feature a 1TB hard drive for storage chores.
It's fairly easy to find capable Ultrabooks priced below Intel's recommended $1,000 ceiling, something that was a bit of a challenge when the form factor first emerged. Pricing has trended downwards for the past several months, but don't be surprised if some next generation Ultrabook models reverse that trend due to higher quality displays with touchscreen functionality and 3D support.
Good news for 3D monitor owners: now, you can watch Gabriel Iglesias and the Epic Meal Time guys shove a Bacon-weave and McNugget-covered cake into their faces and feel like you are right in the room with them! How, you ask? With a little love from Google! Starting today, any short-form 1080p video found on YouTube can be converted to 3D on the fly.
Look, we're not here to judge how much money you earn or the size of your bank account. That's not the point. For one or two of you reading this, our headline is all wrong, because you're a 1 percenter and can, in fact, afford to drop £600,000 on a television, which works out to more than $957,000 in U.S. currency. But for the rest of us, Panasonic's 152-inch 4K2K 3D television is out of our league.