Tech Prices and 3D

December 3, 2010

A common complaint nowadays about 3D is that the bar of entry is rather high. The average price of a 3D-capable HDTV should at least set someone back by $500, which obviously is not a small amount of money. The required glasses for viewing aren’t exactly cheap, too. Movie tickets are no exception, either. Coupled with rising basic prices, watching a movie in 3D these days adds about 30-50% more on top of the basic cost one pays for a ticket.

Fret not, though. As is the rule with new technology, it starts out really high-priced for early adopters, and then gradually decreases as it becomes more accessible and more manufacturers enter that particular market.

Let’s take a look at two good recent examples:

DVD players are a ubiquitous part of pretty much anyone’s home entertainment setup nowadays. Still, there were days back in the late 1990s to early 2000s where they were actually considered expensive. In fact, when Sony’s Playstation 2 game console came out in October of 2000 in the United States, it was considered as one of the cheapest DVD players available for the mass market. That really puts things into perspective, looking back on it from where we are now.

Another more recent example is HDTVs. When they first became widely available, a decent LCD set would usually cost an arm and a leg, somewhere around $2000-3000 and more so for a plasma display. Fast forward to today, and though they still might not be considered cheap, these once pricey sets are now priced more reasonably, usually at half of their cost five or six years ago.

Given the rate of adoption of 3D technology by a wide array of fields and industries, it won’t be long before prices drop and 3D-capable displays become available to a wider market than the one it they have right now.

3D technology has also moved in to other bigger stuff such as 3D renders and 3D floor plans in the realm of architectural firms and business. 3D renderings are being used in order to paint a better picture of what the clients would be seeing upon the completion of the project that they are investing in.


How To Differentiate Good 3D Renderings from Bad Ones

November 18, 2010

There are currently millions upon millions of digital renders and images flooding the Internet today. And with such there are only a couple of things that one should realize in order to say if the 3D rendering that they are looking at should really fall under the classification of a nice 3d image or just a work of an amateur.

Here are some of the things that you can use to spot a good render from a sea of hopefuls…

As a basis, let us use this fine image of the 3D floor plan on top as the reference for the 3D render.

When looking for a great looking 3D render, always check for the quality. This means you may have to take a very close look at the material, carefully scrutinizing each and every part of the image..

Another way to find out if the image is a great render is by examinig the quality and the size of the digital image.