Fleshing out its gaming laptop line, system vendor AVADirect this week added a pair of new mobile 3D setups, the Clevo W860CU 3D and Asus G51JX-3D.
The Clevo W860CU 3D sports a 15.6-inch HD display powered by Nvidia's GeForce GTX 286M graphics. Processor options include chips from Intel's mobile Core i5 and i7 lines, with a bunch of other configuration options, including a whole bunch of SSD and HDD choices, up to 8GB of DDR3-1333 RAM, custom paint, and other odds and ends.
Like Clevo's 3D laptop, the Asus G51JX-3D comes with a 15.6-inch HD display, but pairs the panel with Nvidia's GeForce GTS 360M graphics chip. Otherwise, it boasts similar configuration options across the board.
Both laptops come with a pair of Nvidia 3D Vision stereoscopic glasses with pricing starting at around $1,620 (Asus) and $1,850 (Clevo).
Chalk it up to successful marketing or a genuine desire to consume 3D content in the home, goofy looking glasses be damned, but according to DisplaySearch, 2010 will come to an end having seen 3.4 million shipments of 3D TVs. And that's just the beginning. By 2014, that number will skyrocket to 42.9 million, more than a 12-fold increase.
"TV manufacturers have managed to launch products very rapidly. We have seen a full range of 3D TVs in sizes from 40 inches to 63 inches already available, and without a doubt, there will be another wave of new products at the IFA show in Berlin in September," noted Paul Gray, DisplaySearch Director of TV Electronics Research.
DisplaySearch feels pretty confident this is much bigger than a passing fad and predicts that the 3D TV market penetration will grow from 5 percent of total flat panel TVs in 2010 to 37 percent in 2014. That's more than a third of all flat panel TV shipments.
"Based on early indications, the launch of 3D TVs is similar to Samsung's rollout of LED LCD TVs at the beginning of 2009, albeit at a slightly slower pace," said Paul Gagnon, Director of North America TV Research at DisplaySearch. "This would be in line with our forecast of just over 2 million 3D TVs shipped in North America for 2010.
Despite all this, DisplaySearch points out that the electronics industry is outpacing content availability, which so far is limited to a handful of movies and sports events on pay TV.
The Catalyst 10.7 drivers for graphics cards isn't the only piece of software AMD released this week. The chip maker also announced its OpenGL ES 2.0 driver, the first driver for desktops to support WebGL, which is designed to bring plug-in free 3D graphics to the Internet.
"AMD is a steadfast supporter of industry standards, including those that unlock the power of GPU acceleration," said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, AMD Fusion Experience Program. "At AMD, we see the future of computing as being intensely visual, requiring a variety of rich media 2D and 3D applications. With functionality like the OpenGL ES 2.0 driver and technology breakthroughs made possible by AMD Fusion APUs, we aim to deliver the ideal development platform for immersive experiences both online and natively on virtually any PC form factor."
In addition to porting 3D to the Web, AMD's new driver also makes it possible for software developers to use desktop PCs and workstations powered by AMD graphics when creating apps based on OpenGL ES 2.0 for smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices, AMD said.
Apple (Safari), Google (Chrome), Mozilla (Firefox), and Opera (Opera Software) are all contributors of the WebGL Working Group.
Spanish language website Clipsnet.net has the scoop on Panasonic's upcoming SDT750, the first consumer level video camera capable of recording scenes in 3D.
A front converter integrates two lenses to capture images from different angles, though it can also function as a traditional camcorder by popping off the 3D attachment.
Other features include 5.1 channel surround sound, SDXC card compatibility, Panasonic's Hybrid OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer), high-speed burst shooting, a manual ring, and several proprietary tidbits.
There's no turning back now, folks, 3D is coming to all facets of home entertainment, from TVs to handheld consoles, and next-gen notebooks as well. According to Internet rumblings, MSI will be one of the first to launch a 3D notebook, which is expected to ship in mid-September in Taiwan.
Notebook sources say the laptop is being developed in-house and will use Intel's integrated GPU for the display. The 3D effects will come by way of Dynamic Digital Depth's (DDD's) TriDef 3D software, which converts 2D images into 3D. And of course users will have to don a pair of polarizing glasses.
MSI joins a growing list of manufacturers who plan to bring 3D to the mobile PC market, a list which includes the likes of Acer, LG Electronics, Fujitsu, and Lenovo. Asus and Toshiba are also on board, though they're adopting Nvidia's shutter 3D glasses.
Hey, we get it. We understand that the way you watch movies and TV is different than the way we do, and that this probably differs significantly from the way your neighbors enjoy their living room and/or den. But we also understand that some fairly basic carnal desires rule our decision-making. Humongous HD screens. 3D movies. High-fidelity lossless sound. More HD recording options. Playback anywhere in the house.
At its core, the home-theater dream can be distilled as follows: We want our movies to feel as cinematic as possible. And we want to be able to record and watch as many shows as possible on the biggest-possible TV screen.
When we set about constructing this year’s home theater, we used the phrase “cutting-edge” as our guiding light. A funny thing happened on the way to cutting-edge, however. As we started identifying the components and parts and controllers and cards—many of which are being released just as you read these words—we began to realize that we were on the bleeding-edge. We’ll take that.
The future’s coming, and – like it or not – it’s bringing an extra dimension along for the ride. Well, for most of us, anyway. See, as it turns out, you don’t have to be legally blind or Cyclops from X-Men to be part of the unlucky minority that’ll view future games, movies, and TV shows not in 3D, but as a blurred mess of reds, blues, and disappointment. In fact, according to a study by UK charity The Eyecare Trust, slightly more than one out of every ten of you are SOL when it comes to 3D.
“For these six million people it’s like taking the 3D glasses off, making everything all blurry. You can’t see the image and that causes headaches, eye-strain and blurred vision,” Chairman Dharmesh Patel said of the British population that can’t see 3D. “There will be people who have not attended an eye examination in years and are probably unaware they have a lazy eye or something like that.”
“About 12 percent have 3D vision problems and you’ll find a similar percentage worldwide,” he added. “Some people won’t even know why they can’t see it. Sometimes something can be done, but it depends on the individual case.”
As PC Gamer points out, that means approximately 670 million people lack the focal faculties needed to avoid seeing right through the smoke and mirrors that make up modern 3D effects. That’s even more than the number of people who can’t tell why kids love Cinnamon Toast Crunch! (It's the cinnamon sugar swirls in every bite, damn it! Now where's our commercial?)
Which, of course, raises the question: if roughly ten percent of humanity can’t even see it, is 3D really the future of media consumption? And even if 3D tech wizards find a way to clear this hurdle, will people still care when/if they finally do? Who knows? All we can say for sure is this: we’re hungry for some Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Profound, we know.
After all the pre-release previews, MSI has finally announced the Wind Top AE2420, making official the company's first 3D-capable all-in-one (AIO) desktop.
MSI will bundle in a pair of active-shutter 3D glasses to view 3D content on the 23.6-inch 120Hz LED-backlit screen, which of course is multi-touch. The AE2420 also comes with an MCE remote control and wireless keyboard and mouse.
Rounding out the spec sheet is an Intel Core i5 650 processor clocked at 3.2GHz, discrete ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730 graphics with a 1GB frame buffer, 4GB of DDR3 SO-DIMM memory, 1TB hard drive, USB 3.0, eSATA, VGA and HDMI ports, Gigabit LAN, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 1.3MP webcam, and integrated 2.1 speakers.
Boutique system vendor AVADirect has teamed with Nvidia to push the graphic chip maker's 3D Vision Surround Technology, which is now available on the former's i7 Gaming PC.
"Nvidia continues to the rais the standard within the industry for visual performance to create an unparalleled experience to gamers of all levels, this time with their 3D Technology. As a custom computer manufacturer, we are ecstatic to introduce this revolutionary visual technology into our Core i7 Gaming PC to provide to the consumer the ultimate visual experience," says Misha Troshin, CMO and Co-Owner of AVADirect.
Pricing starts at a little under $2,500 and includes an Intel Core i7 930 processor, Asus P6X58D-E motherboard, 3GB of DDR3-1333, EVGA GeForce GTX 470, 500GB hard drive, 24X DVD burner, 65-in-1 memory card reader, 850W power supply, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, AcerGD235HZ 23.76-inch LCD monitor, and a pair of 3D Vision stereoscopic glasses.
You can read our recent hands-on take with Nvidia's 3D Vision Surround here.
We're guessing there won't be scores of consumers who chuck their home theater equipment to the curb so they can go out and buy 3D-capable components, but for those who planned on upgrading anyway, is 3D where it's at?
Electronic makers are hoping so, including Sony, which just launched its new Elevated Standard (ES) AV receiver line, including the STR-DA5600ES, STRA-DA4500ES, and STR-DA3600ES, as well as a 3D Blu-ray player, the BDP-S1700ES. That's all well and good, but what do the AV receivers have to do with 3D?
"By focusing on seamless integration with custom home theater control partners, Sony is working to deliver products that support the custom and specialty retail business like no other manufacturer," said Brian Siegel, vice president of Sony's home audio and video business. "Because Sony is involved in every stage of the 3D ecosystem, specialty dealers and installers can rest assured that our AV components leverage that deep expertise to deliver the most technically advanced experience possible."
Sounds like a whole lot of nothing, but there is a point to the marketing. According to Sony, the new ES models offer 3D pass-through, which means they're able to take 3D video from connected devices and pass them through to a 3D compatible HDTV.
See here for full specs, pricing, and release dates.