Who doesn’t love Disney? There are more reasons for 3D lovers to embrace the cartoon juggernaut, as the Disney D23 Expo brought great news to 3D advocates. Over 500 people visited the expo and were polled regarding their thoughts on 2D versus 3D technology. A staggering 71% stated that they believed that 3D content was “dramatically better” than 2D content, signaling a change in the overall mentality regarding the popular platform.
To heighten the excitement, 27% of those polled claimed that the 3D visuals were “fabulous”, and half of those present mentioned that they wished they had the technology in their home. This is important, as we are beginning to see prices come down and adoption rates increase. Remember, “if you build it they will come”, and the presence of more 3D content will undoubtedly increase the opt-in rate.
The survey was conducted by an organization doing so on behalf of Panasonic, so take that for what it is. But, fudging numbers is unlikely, as the questions seemed to be very direct. What’s your take on 3D technology? 3D TV numbers are rising, and with so many units maintaining the technology regardless of whether or not it’s the driving force behind the purchase, there will be quite a bit of experimentation in the coming months. Weigh in below and let us know your thoughts regarding 3D home entertainment and whether or not you’ve already gotten in on the action.
Image credit: elrodsgodisney.com
Just when you thought that you had finally caught up with 3D technology, researchers in Japan take things to an entirely new level. At Keio University, a team is developing a system they call RePro3D. The concept is to create 3D holograms that react to your touch. That’s right – we’re getting the best of touch screen technology and 3D technology and ramming them together like a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Man, I love those things…
Anyway, let’s talk about the technology involved, shall we? First, the group took a glasses-free 3D display and implemented an infrared tactile interface. The end result is a hologram that actually responds to your touch. While this can have all kinds of ramifications to techies everywhere, for now, it’s just in the research phase.
Where will they go from here? The goal now is to create a wearable device that will give the user the feeling that they are being touched. This should take digital interaction to an entirely new level. Expect several “ideas” from people everywhere of how we’re going to utilize this one…
Whether or not you’re a fan of James Cameron’s work is irrelevant when he speaks on 3D technology. As a huge initiator of the platform in theatres everywhere with Avatar, Cameron is again talking about 3D, but this time the subject is overall technology adoption. He explains that 3D technology was definitely boosted by the movie visibility, but doesn’t believe that theatres are enough to generate the home integrations that many companies are considering. Instead, he points to tablets as the portal that’s necessary to bring 3D into the home. Because many are developing glasses-free 3D technology, expect many to start taking a chance on the platform in general.
Cameron goes on to explain why the glasses-free 3D element is important. Autostereoscopic TVs are the likely solution to the hindrance that so many have cited: the glasses themselves. We already have smaller screens utilizing the technology, but until we see everything done on a larger level, 3D sales may continue to sag a bit.
James Cameron is a huge advocate of 3D technology, and he believes that consumer actually want the necessary hardware but simply don’t want to wear specs to get the effect. Toggling between 2D and 3D visuals will become commonplace in the future, and with so many already releasing 3D laptop initiatives, look for the same push to begin making headway into large screen home units.
Image Credit : 3d-display-info.com
Make no mistake about it, I love optimism, and while there have been several detractors regarding the Nintendo 3DS, I have always wondered why many aren’t realizing what we are actually witnessing: the first generation 3D gaming device that will undoubtedly lead to massive changes in the industry. Sony sees what we’re talking about, and Mick Hocking of Sony London Studios obviously has 3D on his mind. In mentioning the current 3D landscape, he mentions that the future of 3D as a “creative medium” will continue to push what we believe, as gamers, is possible.
I couldn’t agree more, as I’ve told everyone that the 3DS has offered so much beyond the gaming experience of the console itself. That being said, I love my 3DS and haven’t had any issue with the release. Sony apparently plans on integrated 3D technology with the Playstation Move, so things like Resistance 3should begin to show us what is in store for 3D gaming.
Properly understanding where we are in 3D technology can help consumers accurately project where things will be in a few years. Sure, we’re starting to see plenty of glasses-free 3D units, but it will take time to perfect. After all, flat screens underwent a similar trial by fire.
Image credit: joystiq.com
IFA hosted plenty of tech juggernauts that were bragging about their latest release, and LG held up their end of the bargain by reminding us that the passive Cinema 3D line can hold its own. In fact, the company’s displays at IFA were an absolute hit, and there was no doubt that they plan on sticking with the passive technology.
LG has long battled the competition when it comes to passive 3D technology, and with some Hollywood producers stepping out and admitting that the use of such a platform would likely help adoption rates (of 3D, not children), it seems that LG is just getting started. We saw Cinema 3D launched in April, and since, have noticed that many are gasping at the quality they get through the units. Why does passive 3D technology intrigue us, so? Ah, let us count the ways…
Primarily, the glasses are much lighter and do not need batteries. Because of the aforementioned design, passive 3D glasses are also much cheaper. Further, research is showing that many are turning toward the passive option due to these factors plus a few more involving the cost of the units themselves.
When considering how gamers feel about it, don’t sleep on the fact that passive technology is working up the “dual-view” option for gamers, essentially giving you two screens for head to head action. With all of these things in mind, there’s no doubt that LG has plans for the Cinema 3D passive line, and after IFA, I think everyone is starting to believe…
Image credit: pocket-lint.com
Research in Motion (RIM), the manufacturer of BlackBerry may adopt 3D technology from next year. There are also rumors that HTC, Sharpe and Apple are getting ready to launch 3D mobile devices. So soon BlackBerry may also join the 3D mobile world.
There are gossips that BlackBerry manufacturer is planning to add some features to BlackBerry to make it a three dimensional display.
RIM has recently purchased the Swedish Company, “The Astonishing Tribe” (TAT). This purchase has sowed the seeds of rumor. TAT is a specialist in manufacturing 3D user interfaces.
The Astonishing Tribe has been making new efforts to create 3D displays until recently. It has been developing technology, which would be perfectly used in a smart phone.
TAT has been especially building up a switch that would be used in a 3D interface. The position of the switch would be the Smartphone user’s hand.
We are not sure whether a BlackBerry business user would like to play 3D games, watch 3D movies or enjoy some other applications on their device. However, 3D technology is more beneficial for all these matters only. This would become an issue and would be discusses at the Head Quarters of RIM.
There is reasoning behind the plan of Apple to develop 3D iPods and iPhones and HTC to develop 3D Android phones. These devices are mostly used by users for gaming and entertainment.
BlackBerry is not meant for gaming purposes, so it remains unclear whether RIM will follow the same 3D track or not.
Image Credit: gadgetlegend.com
3D will be integrated into mobile devices in the near future. Small screen goggles free 3D displays offer better quality than large screens. Many small screens, ranging from one and a half inch to four inches were witnessed at CES and they all provided very comfortable viewing experience. Mobile devices continue to develop entertainment and communication systems. Many application developers will have a chance to experiment and get perfect 3D User Interface and content.
End user video is one of the applications that are growing much faster. 3D could increase the speed. 3D adoption requires some blockbuster movies. 3D handheld devices are the best means to try. Content creators obtain an inexpensive platform to experiment and develop quality content. Consumers also get a cost effective way to enjoy 3D. Huge adoption of 3D will be a bottom to up progression. The fast turnover in mobile devices is the ideal lab for 3D research and development.
Image Credit: theonbutton.com
Olympus releases new camera line including 3D picture capability
The E-PL1 quickly became one of the most popular compact cameras around, but when Olympus publicized the release of three new point and shoot designs, the world took notice. Their SZ line is releasing the 30MR and the 20, both offering standard camera action. But, for those of you who tend to be adventurous and need your camera to be adventurous too, the TG-810 has a “crushproof” design that can take about as much excitement as you can. Why is this such big news? Glad you asked…
The new Olympus models can take 3D stills via an angle technique that has raised some eyebrows. By taking 2 shots of the same still from different angles, the resulting photos give you a 3D memory of anything you encounter. With an Automatic and Manual 3D option, the device will actually let you know when it’s time to pan. If you’re an expert 3D photographer, you have the control you want. If this is your first dance with the technology, the Automatic mode will pan for you, snapping with perfect timing to give you 3D photos that will stun anyone checking out your vacation photo gallery.
When it comes to 3D technology, seems that everyone is crashing the party, and Olympus just snuck in the back door…
For more discussions on 3D cameras take a look at our forums http://www.getprice3d.com/forums/4-camera/3-olympus-sz-30mr-and-sz-20.html. You can also join our Facebook page to keep up with the latest discussions on 3D products.
Image Credit: newtec.us
The news was released recently, and nobody was shocked. As exciting as 3D technology is these days, it was only a matter of time before one of the adult entertainment juggernauts decided it was time to implement 3D to their content. On March 1, just a few days ago, Penthouse launched their 3D television channel in Europe, becoming the first on the continent to do so.
Running 3D programming from 11pm to 5 am, there will be hard and soft core deliveries, and the company expects to release in other global markets later this year. Should they find themselves overwhelmed with support from the European release, don’t be surprised to learn that they’re ramping up development and getting the project releases bumped up.
The thought of 3D adult entertainment television has been floating around since the 3D glasses were made of cardboard, and we were watching movies through blue and red lenses. But, actually stepping up to the plate is a huge step for Penthouse, and the power play involved could really set them ahead as an industry leader for another decade.
Again, adult entertainment in 3D? Who didn’t see this one a mile away?
Image Credit: shinyshiny.tv
As per the latest news, Cyberlink is in the final stage before they come out with their Power DVD 10 Ultra D software which will have Blu-ray 3D playback support on Nvidia’s 3D vision and other stereoscopic 3D setup. Currently the Power DVD 10 Ultra 3D which is available and in the market is having option to convert 2D DVD Video to stereo 3D. It does not have actual support for Blu-ray. The latest version will be available in this summer.
The other exciting news from the Cyberlink is that they have started mini website which is dedicated to 3D technology. The website gives you all the detailed information about 3D technology like how this technology works, where it can be used and many more solutions for blu-ray 3D, 3D playback and many ideas to build 3D home theatre. It will give you information on how to use the TrueTheatre along with all the 3D functions and 2D to 3D conversion. There are many downloadable trial versions. You can download 30 days trial version of TrueTheatre which will allow you to convert your existing 2D DVD to 3D DVD with Power DVD 10 Ultra 3D. Full version of this software will cost you $94.95 USD which is currently being sold by Cyberlink.
This website is very much knowledge based. Anyone who is curious to know about 3D technology or wants to use that technology should definitely use this website.
Image Credit: free-press-release.com