Sports Illustrated is planning to sell and rent its 2011 Swimsuit video in 3D through Sony's PlayStation Network, the two companies said in a joint announcement.
"Just when you think the bar couldn't get any higher for the Swimsuit franchise, we've raised it once again with our partners at Sony," said Mark Ford, President of the Sports Illustrated Group. "Swimsuit in 3D has extraordinary potential and we're thrilled to deliver its millions of fans a new perspective through the exciting world of 3D video."
The video will be made available in both 3D and 2D formats on February 15, 2011. Viewers will be able to rent or purchase the video on PlayStation Network's video delivery service, and it will also be available for rent on Video On Demand powered by Qriocity via Sony's 3D-compatible and network-enabled 2010 and 2011 Bravia HDTVs and 2011 Blu-ray disc players, Sony said.
Viewers will also have the option of renting or purchasing more than 12 hours of Swimsuit video, including an hour-long, behind-the-scenes documentary.
Up until just a few days ago, Nvidia's 3DTV Play software was only available for 3D Vision customers. Now it's being offered as a standalone product, Nvidia announced in a blog post.
If you have the right pieces in place -- a notebook or PC equipped with a GeForce GPU and an HDMI 1.4 3D television -- the 3DTV Play software allows you to game in 3D on your TV, watch Blu-ray 3D movies, view 3D photos, and view 3D videos on your large screen HDTV.
3DTV Play has been certified to work with a plethora of television models and home theater receivers (you can view the entire list here) and is available from the Nvidia Store for $40.
At some point, glasses-free 3D displays will become both affordable and commonplace (assuming the 3D fad sticks around long enough). Since we're stuck wearing eye gear in the meantime, why haven't we seen more trendy specs?
Del Rey & Co. must have wondered the same thing. Yanko Design, our go-to site for sometimes groovy prototypes (and sometimes laughable concepts), tipped us off that Del Rey & Co. has put together a collection of 3D glasses "inspired by combining vintage 60's style Lexington glasses, and current fashion trends."
There are six different styles to choose from, each one with thick frames and .08mm lenses, which the company claims results in a more crisp picture.
Nintendo has never had much trouble moving large quantities of its handheld gaming system, so it's understandable why company president Satoru Iwata is so confident the 3DS will fly off store shelves. In an interview with Nikkei Business Daily, Iwata said Nintendo estimates it will ship some 1.5 million of the much anticipated consoles after it launches in Japan on February 26, 2011.
"It's important that we ensure a continuous supply," Iwata said.
Following the launch in Japan, the 3DS will land on North American and European shores in March. By the end of that month, Nintendo reckons it will have sold around 4 million 3DS units worldwide.
We're all just getting our wits back after an excruciating tour of CES, where we filmed a ton more video than we had time to post. As such, we'll be adding videos to the site for the next couple of days that we simply didn't have time to upload from the showfloor.
In this video, Editorial Director Jon Phillips takes a brief look at the GoPro's compact Hero camera, and the hundred dollar kit that enables 3D video recording. The camera itself picks up some really impressive high-def video, and can be mounted virtually anywhere. Check it out below!
BenQ's MX812XP is a hell of a site to behold. It works by using two projectors blended onto a massive desktop to project 3D gaming right at you. It does this by using scalable display software to pull up a digital grid. It then uses webcams to photograph the grid, then blends the two together with zero visible distortion. As if all that doesn't sound cool enough, the 3500 lumen projectors can project up to an infinite size. Check it out below!
Passive 3D has never impressed us, but Vizio’s new Theater 3D HDTVs have managed to reopen our minds about the technology.
Passive 3D offers numerous advantages: Passive glasses don’t reduce brightness nearly as much as active-shutter glasses do, they’ll never give you a headache, they don’t rely on batteries, they’re lighter, and they’re a whole lot cheaper. And Vizio’s technology is RealD compatible, so you use the same glasses at the theater that you do at home.
But none of that matters if you don’t get a great 3D experience, and what we saw at Vizio’s booth yesterday really impressed us.
For those of you who were betting on Sony announcing a PSP phone at CES: get ready to be disappointed and pay up. The company instead opted to push its “total 3D solution” by announcing a series of 3D products in the form of 27 new models of 3D Bravia TVs, 3D Blu-ray disc players and the Bloggie handycam. They also announced a 3D Vaio laptop that can be connected to 3D compatible TVs and can convert 2D to 3D in real time – with the push of a single button. The Vaio F-Series features a built-in 3D sync transmitter, 16” widescreen display, Sandy Bridge, USB 3.0 and comes bundled with 3D active glasses.
During their CES announcement, Sony stated that this is the year that 3D will become personal. They’re banking on further adaption of 3D with the Sony 3D cable network, 3net, due out in the coming months. 3net, part of a partnership with Imax and the Discovery Channel, is only part of the plan which includes 3D production of films – think Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – and should help to counter the argument by critics that 3D content hasn’t kept up with the hardware.
Toshiba is quite far along when it comes to large autostereoscopic 3D displays. After all, it raised the curtain on the world’s first glasses-free 3D TVs as recently as October at the Ceatec electronics show in Tokyo; two of those TVs have since been launched in Japan. So it should surprise absolutely no one if Tosh also secures the bragging rights for unveiling the first notebook capable of spitting “dead-zone free stereoscopic 3D images” without the need for any special glasses.
The company is about to do precisely that at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Apparently, the glasses-free notebook prototype it's bringing to CES wears the familiar Qosmio badge and combines eye-tracking technology with a parallax 3D LCD display to create the glasses-less 3D effect. The company is targeting an end of the year release for the 3D Qosmio.
It might be easier to list out the features not included with Pioneer's new Blu-ray 3D players, but where would be the fun in that? First shown off the 2010 CEDIA Expo, Pioneer's BDP-430, BDP-41FD, and BDP-43FD are now shipping. Here's some of what they include:
3D Blu-ray support
Wi-Fi (with optional dongle)
Expanded continue mode
iControl AV remote app for iOS devices
DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD
Pioneer says its PureCinema technology will upconvert standard definition video sources to 1080p. Also included is 36-bit Deep Color support.
The BDP-430, BDP-41FD, and BDP-43FD are available now for $300, $400, and $500, respectively.