Nintendo 3DS launch date and details

February 15, 2011

Nintendo’s latest handheld platform, the 3DS, will be launching on March 27 of this year. After its warm reception at E3 and other successive gaming events, Nintendo finally blew the lid off long-awaited bits of information such as its price and release date.

The 3DS will be launching at the price of $249.99 in the US.  The package will include a charging dock, USB cable, and five AR (augemented reality) cards to be used in conjunction with the 3DS’ cameras.

The 3DS will mark Nintendo’s second attempt at launching a 3D-capable gaming device, after their much-maligned attempt during the mid-90s with the Virtual Boy.

via [suite101]

Disney tops 3D awards

February 15, 2011

The Walt Disney Studios, including Pixar, dominated the second annual 3D Creative Arts Awards of the International 3D Society Wednesday night (Feb. 9) at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, with five different 3D movies from the studios winning a combined six of 16 voted awards.
But it was DreamWorks Animation‘s “How to Train Your Dragon” that was a bit of a surprise winner for Animated 3D Feature of the Year. It was one of three awards for the movie, the most for any one title. Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 3″ won the People’s Choice Award in that category: Favorite 3D Animated Movie.” Disney’s “Tron” Legacy” won Live Action Feature of the Year, one of five Lumiere Awards for the studio.
One of the most notable elements of the evening was what is believed to be the first-ever 3D TV production of the awards program and preceding red carpet arrivals.

You can view the rest of the post over at Hollywood in Hi-Def.

3Net, the world’s first 24/7 3D channel, debuts on February 13

February 11, 2011

Edging out ESPN 3D’s switch to 24/7 by just a day, DirecTV will be launching 3Net, the world’s first full 3D channel. It is a joint venture between, Sony, IMAX, and Discovery Communications. Programs in the channel’s lineup include China Revealed and Forgotten Planet, among many others.

via [CrunchGear]

Meet NICT’s 200-inch glasses-free 3D display

February 11, 2011

Once this technology becomes widespread, think of the advertising and display possibilities it could bring…

3D overkill: If you thought Toshiba’s 20-inch naked-eye 3D TV is cool, think again: Japan’s NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology) has developed a projector system [JP] that makes it possible to produce 200-inch 3D pictures that can be viewed without having to wear 3D glasses.

You can view the rest of the post over at TechCrunch.

Google Maps on Android gets a 3D upgrade, but not what you think

February 11, 2011

The Google Maps Android application will soon make navigating around today’s labyrinthine city streets easier thanks to an impending update. The updates add 3D buildings into the mix, giving users a clearer picture of where they are or the area they want to go to.

Aside from the 3D buildings, the update also includes offline and compass capabilities. The compass will come particularly handy as it tilts the maps’ orientation depending on where the user is facing, thus making navigation easier.

via [TechCrunch]

LG’s G-Slate: 3D on a tablet

February 11, 2011

Korean electronics giant LG is entering the tablet market with a device capable of displaying 3D visuals. The LG G-Slate will be powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 chipset and will have its visuals running on an 8.9-inch display.

The tablet is also capable of recording 3D video at 720p, though the downside to all of this is that users will have to use 3D glasses to experience the effect. No price or release date has been given as of the announcement.

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3D video recording for 3DS a “possibility”

February 9, 2011

Nintendo’s upcoming 3Ds portable gaming platform may just have one more trick up its sleeve in the near future. Shigeu Miyamoto, Nintendo’s top game designer, revealed that Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata “would like to see 3D video recording in the future”. Iwata seemingly debunks the claim, but still expresses interest in the feature.

The 3Ds is already capable of taking 3D photographs thanks to front and rear mounted cameras. Whether the ability to record 3D video will be implemented through a hardware or firmware update has yet to be revealed.

via [Joystiq]