There’s something about 3D glasses that drives everyone crazy, and while we always love covering tech conferences, there was something about Berlin’s IFA that really got our blood pumping… and that thing was Toshiba’s showcasing of glasses-free 3D technology that will definitely shake things up in 3D-land. The autostereoscopic utilizes filters to get the 3D effect, and when you’re viewing 2D content, you’ve still got quite a television screen on your hands. It’s a win-win for everyone involved…well, mostly a win for us…
The 55ZL2, for example, features WebPort, the cloud-based media functionality. With a bevy of Toshiba apps, USB connectivity for recording and content management, and of course, a full HD, glasses-free 3D experience, there’s no doubt that when these babies hit the market in December, there will be quite a few holiday lists that have them near the top. Prices have yet to be announced, which is probably a good angle to take, as we can all salivate before ever knowing if we can really afford it!
There are active and passive 3D units on the way from Toshiba, as well, but on the heels of news regarding glasses-free 3D home entertainment, it’s all quite common place to talk about 3D with specs. After all, 3D through glasses is soooo last week.
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Everyone is looking forward to a world where we can experience 3D without those annoying glasses. But while we wait for that, here’s something for you to feast your eyes on. Toshiba Mobile have come up with a concept to emulate the 3D experience with their new self-adjusting display. Their engineers took the standard display and shoved a six-axis accelerometer into it, so when the display is tiled, the images and viewing angles are adjusted accordingly, to give the illusion of depth. Toshiba expects it to be a success with e-tailers as another 3d option, but they’re aiming to promote the technology as a way to overcome the limited viewing angles that current autosterescopic displays provide.
Check out the hands-on demonstrations at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qR2Ofnv3n0
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Toshiba is ready for CES 2011 with their new auto stereoscopic 3D technology. This time they have bigger screens then their previous 20 inch offerings. They displayed their two models at CEATEC one is of 20 inch and another is of 12 inch. They got big crowd of people who were interested in their glass free 3D television. Company is expecting same kind of response at CES -2011 as they have the same product with bigger screens and few improvements here and there.
According to the President, Mr. Masaaki Oosumi , last they showed their TV to the general public around three months ago and three months definitely long period and people are expecting some major changes . There will be definite change in the screen size and autosterescopic technology will take some time before it clears all its hurdles.
Nintendo is coming in the market with its small screen without glasses but according to Toshiba big screen without glasses will take more time.
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Toshiba has launched a 3D enabled screen in its latest version of laptops. It has been fondly named as Dynabook and it provides you an opportunity to enjoy the latest 3D technology in the laptop also.
Toshiba’s new Dynabook laptop is made for particularly the gaming crowd and it has all the high-end features that include a 15.6″ screen with resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. 3D compatible Blu-ray drive, core i7-2630QM CPU with 2GHz speed, NVIDIA GeForce 1GB dedicated graphics card, 0.3 MP inbuilt webcam, 8GB RAM and a huge 750 GB Hard Disc Drive. This laptop uses Intel HM65 Express chip set and it has HDMI output along with 1 USB of 3.0 port and 3 USB of 2.0 ports. In addition, you will get the operating system of Windows 7 Home (Premium version).
This product is going to be launched in Japan next month at an initial price of $2540.
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The battle has been brewing and those that have paid attention may have noticed that the shots are getting bigger, and the competition seems to be getting quite rough in the 3D technology world. So, while the industry is still sorting out whether active shutter 3D glasses or the latest release, Film Pattern Retarder (FPR) passive 3D glasses will be the new standard, LG is firing on all cylinders.
Korea has already seen advertisements involving LG touting the benefits of passive technology over the active shutter design. They boast that the 3D experience continues even when the viewer is laying horizontally on the couch, unlike the competitor’s design. Samsung was quick to retaliate, calling LG’s statements “stupid” at a press conference, sparking rumors of a Celebrity Cage Match to the death between the rival CEO’s.
We’ve gotten used to this sort of back and forth as the biggest TV suppliers on the block continue to fire jabs. While LG continues the long courtship of bringing Sony into the fold, they continue to develop the technology with Vizio, Philips, and Toshiba. This could create some healthy competition, but the unfortunate aspect here is that it leaves consumers in “no man’s land”. Should they invest in the passive technology? What if we learn that it was a fleeting hope? Honestly, if LG is telling the truth, and the viewer doesn’t need to remain upright to enjoy the 3D experience, this could be a changing of the guard in the 3D TV world.
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Toshiba isn’t messing around, guys. After recently announcing that their new Satellite line of laptops will have a 3D webcam, they’re dangling another carrot in front of us. The DynabookQosmio T851/D8CR laptop will offer 2D and 3D graphics at the same time, on the same screen. Basically, they can have certain parts of content become 3D, while others remain in 2D. Imagine what this will do for all of those maze-scare vids that you trick your friends with. I still remember the first one that got me, and since, I’ve trusted nothing that my friend’s put in front of me.
While we don’t know how much content will pertain to this technology, expect it to stick. This particular model, however, will come at quite a price, much as we’ve seen with the first 3D TVs that don’t use glasses. The Japanese version of the Dynabook is all we’re playing with at the moment, but you can start looking for your unit in July.
The depth added through the 3D that most of see these days is beautiful, but the content actually coming at you should begin to help us fill out the concept. Gaming should reach new heights as this begins to expand. Explore, designers, please, please explore…
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Everybody at CES was waiting for Toshiba’s autosterepscopic 3D technology at CES 2011 as they have promised. Everybody assumed that the screen will be larger than the previous one. At CEATEC Toshiba displayed their 20 inch and 12 inch models which are glass free. Many people took interest in it and were queuing to see that.
The company has similar hopes for CES 2011. Toshiba’s digital media network president Masaki Oosumi has already given a hint the screen might be bigger. According to him the 3 months gap between CEATEC and CES has been used by them for the improvement in the technology. Today everybody is looking for the glass free screens and next year will be crucial for that.
Nintendo is also bringing same technology with their small screen but then it will be easy to bring the technology for the small screen and there will be bigger hurdles for the big screen. Though Toshiba has promised to give it, it will still take some more time to arrive for the general public.
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The debate regarding passive and active 3D technology could be a moot point as the glasses-free 3D technology seems to be gaining momentum. Toshiba has just announced that later this year, they will be releasing a line of 40-inch and higher glasses-free units.
The company currently has smaller units available in Japan, 12 and 20-inch models that utilize the glasses-free 3D TVs, though the price tags are a bit striking. Priced at $1,500 and $2,900, it’s obvious that the 40-inch models will likely mean you’ll need a second mortgage. Prices should come down when they hit the global marketplace, but the early cost isn’t encouraging.
We’ve seen this trend before, however. As the technology gets mass produced, mimicked by other companies, or simply more commonplace, it’ll become more affordable. Now, that does mean many consumers will likely need to wait a year or so to let the prices drop a bit, but in the end, is it really that bad? I mean, sometimes letting them work out the kinks before investing can pay big dividends later. Not to mention, you give the cable providers a chance to improve their 3D content. So, look at the bright-side…for now…
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Not too long ago, we talked about Toshiba’s glasses-free 3D laptop, the Qosmio F750, though we had no release dates to speak of. Now, we have some info, though if you’re looking up the F750, you won’t find anything…instead, they’ve re-coined the parallax unit the F755. Hitting shelves in the US on 8/16, expect there to be quite a few people checking out the floor model of this nasty unit.
Best Buy, Newegg, and Fry’s will all be launching the new 3D laptop on the same day, so there will be no head-start for anybody. Despite the name change, everything else remains the same. Toshiba tweaked it a bit, but left the innards intact. 6GB of RAM, 750GB hard drive, Core i7 processor, a Blu-ray drive, and a GeForce GT 540M GPU round out the internal features, so you’ll have everything you need for a premiere mobile gaming experience.
The 15.6-inch screen isn’t too shabby, but there’s one glaring omission that we’d like to address: there’s no 2D to 3D conversion. Hopefully, that won’t make much difference in the long run, as we’re getting more 3D content every day. There are rumors that Toshiba and Nvidia are working together to get that remedied, so expect there to be an upgrade not long after you purchase it.
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We mentioned earlier that Toshiba has released the Qosmio F750 3D which delivers 3D effects without the use of active or passive glasses. This is a key component to the 3D adoption. But, as with most “new” technology, you’re probably a little skeptical, so we take a closer look at the laptop and how it performs. Right from the start, we were lured in, and we’re surprised at how well it performed when held up to the light.
Toshiba showed this unit off in London and coined it “the evolution of 3D” and they weren’t lying. Using a lenticular lens sheet on the screen delivers the 3D, and a webcam tracks your eyes. This ensures that the “sweet spot” for optimum viewing is much, much larger. The showed us some stills and video, and our first reaction was a dropped jaw. The 3D stills were bright, vibrant, and looked about as good as anything you see with 3D glasses. The videos lost a bit of quality, but not by much. The delivery was smooth and the effects were definitely enjoyable.
Another great aspect of this guy is that it converts 2D to 3D content. The converted stuff wasn’t as good as native 3D content, but it still wasn’t bad. A 3D Blu-ray drive will allow you to take your favorites on the road, so they’re really working hard to get your loyalty here. Toshiba also made sure it had plenty of power. With an Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M graphics interface, and 6 HB of RAM, it’s one of the better laptops we’ve seen this year. We’re thrilled with the glasses-free 3D delivery, and take our hat off to Toshiba. Nice work, gang. This one should make some waves.
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