Nintendo's 3DS handheld console is a hit, at least in Japan where customers waited in line to purchase the next-generation game player, Bloomberg reports. There were around 2,000 anxious gamers waiting outside Yodobashi Camera Co.'s store in Akihabara, Tokyo, all wanting to get their mitts on the console that had sold-out on preorder and at other electronics stores. Fans had begun lining up 10PM the night before it went on sale.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) said it was another record year at the box office, with movie receipts reaching an all-time high of $31.8 billion, up 8 percent from 2009. This is the fourth time in five years that box office revenue has grown, setting records in three of them, according to John Fithian, President and CEO of the National Association of Theater Owners. Playing a big role in this continued growth is the emergence of 3D.
Wednesday marked the release of LG's Cinema 3D TV in Korea. According to LG, it's the world's first 3D TV officially certified as "flicker-free," which was granted by Intertek and TÜV, two certification agencies in Europe. The reason this matters, says LG, is that it virtually eliminates dizziness and eye fatigue that some people have experienced with other 3D displays.
Acer's trying to play all sides of the field with its new P5403 projector, Sporting an SXGA+ (1400x1050) resolution, Acer says the P5403 is equally adept at displaying spreadsheets as it is at beaming highly detailed images, and it can do 120Hz 3D as well. Advanced lamp technology with illumination of up to 3500 ANSI lumens and a 3000:1 contrast ratio means the P5403 shouldn't choke on text-heavy presentations, and with an optimized 5-segment color wheel, Acer promises high color accuracy.
There's a new stable build of Google's Chrome browser available today, and according to the sultan of search, it's the fastest build yet. But speed isn't the only addition. The latest Chrome version adds a couple of other goodies previously only available on beta builds, including WebGL, Chrome Instant, and the Chrome Web Store, Google announced in a blog post.
In an extremely short press release, LG confirmed plans to introduce the LG Optimus 3D at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 14. According to LG, this the first 3D smartphone in the world. That's wonderful and all, but what about 3D content? Here's what LG had to say:
"The LG Optimus 3D addresses the lack of 3D content issue --one of the biggest problems facing the 3D market -- with a complete platform for a one-of-a-kind experience on a mobile device," LG said. "LG's most advanced smartphone to date will feature a dual-lens camera for 3D recording, a glasses-free LCD panel for 3D viewing, and diverse connectivity options such as HDMI and DLNA for 3D content sharing anytime, anywhere."
Phandroid posted a picture of the upcoming device courtesy of an un-named tipster. According to the tipster, the LG Optimus 3D will ship with a dual-core processor, multi-channel RAM, a front-facing camera, and a screen larger than 4 inches.
When we think of 3D technology, we typically envision 3D gaming, movies, and videos/photos, all of which fall under the home entertainment umbrella. But what about the working professional? Nvidia has them covered with its 3D Vision Pro, a "new 3D stereoscopic solution that enables engineers, designers, architects, and computational chemists who work with complex 3D designs to see their work in greater detail."
Running 3D Vision Pro requires a compatible Quadro graphics card, a 3D Vision-ready display, and a 3D Vision Pro RF hub. It's a costly combination that runs $350 for each pair of stereoscopic 3D shutter glasses, and $400 for the RF hub. Toss in a graphics card and, well, things quickly start to add up.
Cost aside, some key features of 3D Vision Pro's RF-based communication include extended range up to 100 feet, no line of sight requirement between the glasses and emitter, bi-directional communication, and an explicit connection between the glasses and the hub without any annoying crosstalk.
How exactly do you justify a million dollar 3D printer? We're not sure, but we'll gladly gawk at what others have created, including a golf ball made from pure titanium powder. And if you don't have $1 million to spare, don't worry, i.materialise will do the dirty work for you.
"We're overjoyed that we're the world's first 3D printing service to let consumers order titanium 3D prints," the company said. "Titanium 3D printing opens up an entirely new world of advanced engineering, manufacturing, and jewelry applications for creative people worldwide. Titanium's high heat resistance, high accuracy, and unparalleled strength lets designers now make things that before now could only be made by the research and development departments of only the largest corporations in the world."
Of course, outsourcing your 3D titanium projects will cost a pretty penny, too. A standard 2cm x 2cm x 4cm print with a volume of 1 cubic centimeter runs $124, and a part with the same bounding box and 4 cubic centimeters of volume will cost $192, i.materialise says.
We've been shifting through rumors, speculation, and interviews since last year trying to figure out the launch details of Nintendo's upcoming 3DS console, and thanks to today's press conference, we finally have some concrete info to share. Here's what you need to know.
The 3DS will land on store shelves March 27, 2011. Gamers will be able to choose from either "Cosmo Black" or "Aqua Blue" at launch, both of which will run $250 in the U.S. (pricing outside the U.S. is still being determined).
As we already knew, the 3DS will sport a glasses-free 3D display, which according to Nintendo is "like peering through a window into a world where characters and objects have true depth." Players will have some control over the 3D aspect by way of a 3D Depth Slider, which will also allow gamers to turn off 3D effects completely.
Other notable features include a new Circle Pad, a built-in motion sensor and gyro sensor, three cameras for taking 3D photos, support for MP3 and AAC music files, built-in parental controls, and an SD memory card slot (2GB SD card included).
Lots more to digest in the press release right here.
Since no satire site has so far taken responsibility for a new YouTube video that shows a man named Francois Vogel, a French filmmaker and visual artist, using a bizarre glasses-free 3D technology that relies on electrodes to stimulate the user’s eyelids, we are assuming that it is legit. That said, it may very well turn out to be a hoax. The video was posted last Friday and now stands on the verge of being watched 3 million times.
But if convenience or lack of it is what bothers you about 3D shutter glasses, then this technology is unlikely to be of any help to you. In the video, Vogel uses a couple of electrodes to stimulate his eyelids to bat very, very rapidly, effectively eliminating the need for shutter glasses.
According to Vogel, the technology is still in its infancy and he hopes to have the final version ready in time for CES 2012. He also mentions the need for a 120Hz display for this technology to work.
Correction: The man in the video is actually named Francois Vogel and not Jonathan Post as originally reported.