ViewSonic's UK division announced a new low price camcorder capable of shooting videos in 3D, the 3DV5. The thing runs around $240 and includes a 2.4-inch 'autosterescopic' display somewhat similar to the Nintendo 3DS. That means you can watch your 3D videos on the device without having to wear any special glasses.
Alternately, videos can be uploaded to YouTube's 3D channel and watched in 3D using the supplied 'anaglyph' glasses, which works even on a 2D display. Otherwise, the camera comes ready to beam 3D (and 2D) content to your 3D HDTV using the included HDMI cable.
"Everyone has watched 3D movies at the cinema, and lots of people are considering purchasing a 3D compatible display, whether a TV, monitor or projector. However, there is a lack of available 3D content, and people want to create 3D content that they will be able to watch for years to come," says James Coulson, European product marketing manager, ViewSonic. "The ViewSonic 3DV5 makes it easy for anyone to create future-proof, high quality 3D home movies and also shoot in standard 2D. As well as being easy to use, the camcorder is also excellent value for money, and will make a great gift this Christmas."
Other features include 720p recording, 10MB of internal memory, SD card slot, and a Li-Ion battery that's rechargeable via USB.
As you’d expect from a notebook range meant to entertain, there is no dearth of entertainment options: “pulsing audio from JBL and Waves, new high-definition screens driven by NVIDIA technology and the industry's first Skype-certified laptops with the first webcam allowing HD video streaming.”
The new models feature Intel Core i5 / i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce 400 series graphics with Optimus technology. Support for NVIDIA’s 3DTV Play feature means that users can connect their XPS notebook to a 3D HDTV whenever they wish to play popular PC games in 3D or view 3D photos and videos on a large display.
“The new Dell XPS laptops are available beginning today directly from www.dell.com. Models, configuration and options may vary by global region and retailers. Starting prices for the new XPS laptops are: $899 for the XPS 14; $849 for the XPS 15; and $949 for the XPS 17,” the PC maker announced in a release.
The development of PC display technologies over the last 30 years has taken us through many chapters: from IBM, the creator of the IBM PC, pioneering color display technologies (and ceding development to third-parties ATI, 3dfx, and nVidia); to the quest to provide both sharp text and colorful graphics; through the ever-increasing size of displays; to LCD flat panels overtaking TV-type CRTs; the move to 3D graphics rendering and, currently, to 3D viewing. Here's a brief history of these and other milestones in PC graphics history.
Do your friends point and call you "six eyes" when you invite them over for a 3D movie on your new 3DTV and slip on a pair of 3D specs over your corrective lenses? Sounds like you need new friends. Otherwise, Samsung's prescription 3D glasses might be just what you've been waiting for.
So far they're only available in Korea, though we imagine it won't be long before you see all kinds of 3D prescription options stateside. The special glasses are custom made by an optometrist and take about 7 days to make.
For those of you who wear glasses, would you find 3D technology more appealing if you could order prescription 3D specs?
Priced $1,899, the all-in-one is stuffed with some powerful organs, including an Intel Core i7-740QM (1.73Ghz) processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM, and NVidia NV GTX 460M 3D graphics card with 1.5GB VRAM. It features a 23.6" multi-touch 3D display with full HD (1920x1080) resolution.
Other specs include a 1TB 7200RPM spinning drive, a Blu-ray optical drive, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports and Windows 7 Home Premium.
For whatever reason, TV makers are apparently confuzzled about the general lack of interest among consumers in paying a premium for 3D television sets, only to unbox them and be disappointed by a lack of 3D content. And that's on top of the nuisance of wearing a pair of 3D glasses. Yet according to market research firm DisplaySearch, the 3D TV segment isn't growing as fast as TV makers expected. Gee, imagine that!
It's not all bad news on the manufacturing front, however. DisplaySearch also says 3D TVs are on pace to reach mainstream status by 2014, at which point the 3D TV market will grow from 3.2 million units shipped (2010) to over 90 million.
"While TV manufacturers have bold plans and a lot of new products, consumers remain cautious," said Paul Gray, Director of TV Electronics Research. "Consumers have been told that 3D TV is the future, but there still remains a huge price jump and little 3D content to watch."
North America remains a particularly tough market to crack, as those in the good ol' U.S. of A. are more than willing to wait for price drops.
"North American consumers in particular appear to be playing a waiting game," noted Paul Gagnon, Director of North America TV Research. "Set makers have trained consumers to expect rapid price falls for new technology, and consumers seem happy to wait a little."
This, DisplaySearch says, is the reason why 3D shipments in the U.S. won't even breach 1.6 million units this year.
It's not too often we find ourselves handing out praise to movie studios, but hey, kudos to Warner Bros. for cancelling its planned 3D release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I. Apparently the studio simply ran out of time to properly convert the flick to 3D, The Wall Street Journal reports.
That hasn't stopped other studios from releasing flicks in 3D that really have no business commanding an additional dimension, so it's refreshing to see WB pull in the reigns on what would undoubtedly have been a 3D cash cow, even if sloppily converted. That's pretty much what happened with Clash of the Titans, which was criticized for its poor 3D conversion yet still did well at the box office.
"Despite everyone's best efforts, we were unable to convert the [new Harry Potter] film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality," Warner Bros. said in a statement. "We do not want to disappoint fans who have long anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey."
That journey will end with the final Harry Potter movie appearing in 3D, purportedly shot that way (like Avatar) rather than converted after the fact.
You won't have to look like one of these dudes when watching the new Harry Potter flick.
We won't go so far as to say that MovieReshape's human reshaping algorithm is the coolest thing we've ever seen, but it's pretty damn nifty. By crunching numbers obtained from a bunch of 3D models, MoveReshape is able to change people's on-screen attributes, making actors appear more muscular or taller, to name just two.
"The approach is based on a morphable model of 3D human shape and pose that was learned from laser scans of real people," MovieReshape's developers explain. "The algorithm commences by spatio-temporarily fitting the pose and shape of this model to the actor in either single-view or multi-view video footage. Once the model has been fitted, semantically meaningful attributes of body shape, such as height, weight, or waist girth, can be interactively modified by the user. The changed proportions of the virtual human model are then applied to the actor in all video frames by performing an image-based warping."
Sounds geeky enough, but you really have to see the algorithm in action to appreciate what's going on. Carve out about three and a half minutes of your time and hit the play button below. You'll be glad you did.
3D is everywhere these days. From new TVs to Hollywood blockbusters to gaming consoles, the technology, which has been around for ages, is now poised to give consumers a more immersive, in-your-face form of entertainment in the home. And the PC is no exception. In fact, it’s a natural fit. The PC games we’ve been playing for years are already rendered with a 3D engine—stereoscopic technology and a suitable set of glasses just bring them to life. Newer games will only optimize that potential. Add to this a spate of Blu-ray 3D movies coming down the pike and you can see why the PC is well within the clutches of this latest trend.
Sure enough, a cadre of new 3D laptops and monitors make it possible for you to enjoy stereoscopic content both on your desktop and on the go. The vast majority of these offerings rely on Nvidia’s 3D Vision kit—a set of powered shutter glasses, a USB-connected IR emitter, and the appropriate drivers—which, when paired with the right GPU (a GeForce 8 series or newer) and a 120Hz screen, provide an “active” 3D experience. In other words, as a rapid succession of alternating screens presents slightly different views to each eye, the shutter glasses ensure that the correct view is seen by the correct eye by shuttering the opposite lens accordingly.
Everywhere you turn it's 3D this and 3D that, but despite the marketing blitz, 3D technology isn't winning over consumers in droves. That includes the mobile PC market where 3D is having a tough time getting established.
According to reports, global sales of 3D notebooks in 2010 will only reach 150,000 to 200,000 units, which is partly the result of targeting mainly high-end gamers. For example, HP just recently introduced a 17.3-inch Envy 3D notebook that sells for between $1,500 and $2,000. With or without 3D, that's a tough sell with sub-$1,000 notebooks sporting respectable specs these days.
There are a handful of lower-end 3D notebooks in the pipeline too, most of which feature passive polarization glasses rather than Nvidia's active shutter glasses. As 2011 rolls around, we expect to see vendors targeting mainstream audiences with 3D notebooks, and we wouldn't be surprised to see a handful of 3D tablets emerge.
At what price point would you consider a 3D notebook, if at all?