Lenovo’s 3D monitor/webcam combo

February 15, 2011

NVIDIA blew what’s left of our minds with its Project Denver announcement yesterday, so today it’s back to the more familiar world of 3D to soothe our souls. The company’s 3D Vision technology has been installed on the above Lenovo L2363d, which touts both three-dimensional output and input, courtesy of a pair of webcam lenses embedded in its top bezel. This 1920 x 1080 display spans 23 inches diagonally and requires the usual active shutter glasses to enjoy its content. So, if you buy one for yourself and your nearest and dearest, you can get your 3D videoconferencing action on in proper Blues Brothers style.

View the press release and more images at Engadget.


MasterImage 3D takes glasses-free 3D a level higher

February 15, 2011

We just might be closer to getting a perfect glasses-free 3D display thanks to MasterImage 3D’s efforts.

MasterImage 3D is giving attendees at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona demonstrations of a an auto-stereoscopic 3D display for mobile devices with a wider viewing angle and brighter image, as well as what the company claims is a groundbreaking 3D user interface that shows the beginnings of the holographic mobile experience.

The rest of the post is available on Hollywood in Hi-Def.

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.

Sensio Technologies brings the NBA All-Star game to cinemas in 3D

February 15, 2011

This year’s NBA All-Star game will be given a touch of 3D in international cinemas by way of Sensio Technologies.

The game itself will be brought to 3D using technology from PACE, which will include eight 3D cameras set up around the Staples Center, along with three special 3D shadow cameras.

The NBA started doing 3D broadcasts in 2007 with that year’s All-Star game. This, however, will be the first time those 3D broadcasts will be brought to an even wider audience thanks to Sensio Technologies.

via [hollywoodhidef]

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]

Wresltemania in 3D, anyone?

February 11, 2011

With the rise of 3D sports channels and other broadcasting avenues, it’s no surprise that even sports entertainment is looking to jump on the 3D bandwagon. Apprently, WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) is in talks to film Wrestlemania XXVII, which will be held in Atlanta on April 3rd. With this, it will be the first wrestling or MMA event to be filmed in 3D.

The event itself will not be broadcast on to 3D TVs, but rather released to 3D-capable theaters.

via [CrunchGear]