The X Box One is the next generation gaming console from Microsoft. The X Box One is built with some future proofing in mind. The new console
can do some things we may not be quite ready for, like 4K playback. Microsoft has also given the console the the ability to support 3D visuals. 3D
support was kept under wraps by Microsoft until XBox spokesman Larry Major Nelson, mentioned it in a Wednesday Yahoo chat session.
Microsoft is trying to position the new X Box One as the central hub for home entertainment. The X Box will have some competition from both Sony with it’s new PS4 and from Nintendo with their new Wii U. It’s great to see that Microsoft is on board now with 3D entertainment. Just a few years ago, post Avatar Microsoft did’t lend much support to the new 3D technology. It’s great to see that they are on board now. It signifies a strong vote of confidence in 3D entertainment.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Amazon is working on two different smartphones and an audio steaming device. One of the smartphones will feature glasses-free 3D capabilities. The device is said to use retina-tracking technology, images would seem to float above the screen like a hologram and appear in 3D at multiple angles. Hopefully it will be an improvement over the lenticular based type screen that the Nintendo 3DS currently uses. I’ve seen a few glasses-free 3D demos at the 2012 CES and at a 2012 3D convention, the technology is getting better with each new generation of the demonstrated devices. MasterImage was one of the earlier companies promoting glasses free 3D, I first saw the MasterImage demo in 2011. It was a great early attempt at glasses-free 3D, almost but not quite there yet. MasterImages 2012 demo looked pretty good, incredibly promising. I was very impressed with the Dolby/Phillips Glasses-free 3D technology. The glasses-free Dolby 3D was sharp and clear from multiple angles. Dolby’s glasses-free 3D is going to be a game changer and a must have device. Will Amazon be licensing the Dolby/Phillips glasses-free 3D technology to use in their new 3D smartphone or is Amazon developing their own technology for their upcoming glasses-free smartphone? More when I get it. The WSJ reported that no word if any of Amazon’s newly announced new devices will actually hit the market and if so…which product it’ll be.
Amazon has a strong pulse on the 3D entertainment market. Directly tracking the growing number of 3D blu-ray movies available for sale and also the number of 3D films in development and in pre-production via their subsidiary IMDB. The amount of 3D content is growing at an incredibly fast pace. If Amazon can pull it off it’ll have a definite winner on it’s hand. But it has to be perfect glasses-free 3D to make a dent in the crowded smartphone market.
Is it finally here? The long awaited 3D iPhone. Rumors are swirling again but this time there seems to be a bit of substance behind some of the gossip. Today, electronics firm Hewlett-Packard revealed a new three-dimensional display (See top photo) that could revolutionise and transform the 3D device delivery industry. Medical devices, gaming, and smartphones including the upcoming new iPhone…could benefit from HP’s newly announced three-dimensional display? The possible correlation, according to Patently Apple, a patent has just been granted today Tuesday March 19, 2013 to Apple. The patent granted to Apple is for it’s invention relating to synchronised, interactive augmented reality displays for multifunctional devices or iDevices. A 3D iPhone? Could this be the Holly Grail that all of us 3D enthusiast have been waiting for. If the 3D iPhone is not released as the next generation iPhone, I would hope that Apple would come out with one soon. 3D content is growing, 3D features, online short videos and 3D photos. The consumer just needs a portable glasses free viewing device that’s a step or two above the Nintendo 3DS, in the form of an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy would be nice!
Activision and LG team up on the release of Black Ops 2 3D. With the launch of the new Black Ops 2 fans will receive a discount from LG if they purchase both an LG Cinema 3D TV and the new Call of Duty Black Ops 2 game. The promotion will run from November 13 to Novemember 21.
James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing with LG Electronics USA, Inc. said LG was excited to be part of this historic launch of Call of Duty Black Ops 2.
Starting today fans of Call of Duty Black Ops 2 will be able to check out the new trailer in 3D at local Best Buys.
The current press release and online articles tout the seamless intergration of the new Call of Duty Black Ops 2 in 3D with the new LG Cinema 3D TV, but I’m sure the game will work just as well on 3D TVs that support active shutter glasses.
Its great to see that such an important game franchise such as Call of Duty is going 3D. It siginals and solidifies the position and attitudes of major gaming and electronics manufactures toward the future of 3D. Looks good!
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Sharp is aimming to be the King of the premium 3D HDTV market. Toms guide reports that on Tuesday Sharp announced that it has shipped the world’s largest 3D HDTV at 90 inches. We reported in Janurary that LG released a 72″ 3D “Smart TV and at that time LG was the record holder.
The newly released Sharp AQUOS LED TV (model LC-90LE745U) is nearly 4 feet tall and almost 6 feet 8 inches wide.
Post Avatar, a slew of poorly executed 3D movies cluttered theater’s. Critics and movie-goer’s alike thought movies in the 3D format was just a passing fad and a way for studios to make a quick buck. But luckily for consumers, many filmmakers saw the genius behind James Cameron’s use of the new 3D technology and decided to give the 3D format a go. Hugo, Avengers 3D, Arthur Christmas, The Lorax (stunning 3D), Madagascar 3D, Brave 3D,The Amazing Spiderman and the highly anticipated Prometheus 3D from Ridley Scott are just a few titles that have helped solidify the future of 3D filmmaking.
Ok so here’s the question… with all these amazing 3D tentpoles pics hitting the big screen do we still have to wear those uncomfortable free 3D glasses? The answer is NO! Thanks to companies like Oskav a european based designer eyewear company.
I have to say their collection of passive 3D glasses look great! You can order direct from the company which is one of the ways Oskav is able to offer designer 3D glasses at an affordable price.
We’re waiting to get our hands on some actual product and we’ll let you know what we think.
Below is a sample image from their collection and one of my favorites. To see more of the Oskav collection visit… Oskav.
We haven’t seen the glasses in person yet. But the crew here at NowPlaying3D R digging Oskav’s style.
Stay tuned. Let us know your thoughts. Thanks.
LG Optimus 3D Max
LG’s Optimus 3D Max (known as the Optimus 3D Cube in some countries) is LG’s second version of a glasses-free 3D phone, since last year’s LG Optimus 3D. The Optimus 3D Max will have a dual core 1.2 GHz processor, 8GB of storage, dual 5MP cameras which can shoot 3D video, an Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and a brighter WVGA 4.3” display in a compact 9.8 mm shell, making it thinner and lighter than last year’s model. The LG Optimus 3D Cube, is expected to hit markets in March 2012, with Korea being first, followed by Europe with the Optimus 3D Max, with the rest of the markets to follow. Release dates and MSRP have not been announced, though it is expected to come out in Q2 2012. It’s great that LG is committed to the 3D marketplace.
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PC gamer reports computer manufacture Asus demos world’s first glasses-free 3D laptop. The Republic of Gamers G53SX Naked Eye 3D was recently featured this week at Computex. The featured 3D glasses-free laptop sports a 15″ screen Full-HD screen a Sandy-Bridge quad core intel i7 CPU
Nvidia’s discrete GeForce GTX 560M GPU (with 2GB of GDDR VRAM), a Z68 motherboard and a solid state hybrid drive with an SSD partition that runs about 10,000-RPM. No price or release date set so stay tuned here at NowPlaying3D.com A ton of new 3D gadgets and content coming to market!
by: Steven D. Ito Check out a few others below as well from HP and Toshiba! (you’ll) need flash working on a non flash display coming soon.
Sony Ericsson just announced the first ever PlayStation 3D Smartphone at the Mobile World Congress.
The 3D multiple player “Xperia Play,” was unveiled as one of eight Android-based phones the brand will launch this year.
Another mobile giant takes on the iPhone and the soon to be released 3DS. I’m sure Sony hopes to take a bite out of the much hyped 3DS market. The Sony 3D capable gaming phone will have a large 4-inch glasses-free touch screen panel like its rivals (3DS, Sony Xperia Play, LG Optimus 3D, Sharp Galapagos 3D…)but its competitive advantage will come from its slide-out gaming control.
The Sony Ericsson Smartphone will have a full PlayStation control system, including shoulder buttons, action buttons, dual analogue joysticks and a directional pad.
Sony Ericsson said that more than 50 games are being developed for the Play including the first multiplayer version of FIFA 10 for mobile, Assassin’s Creed and Guitar Hero.
As the first phone to be certified for PlayStation, it will also have access to PlayStation game content directly through a PlayStation suite due out later in the year. Playstation network games will not play on the new Xperia Play.
The phone will be capable of five and a half hours of gaming and more than eight hours of talk time on a single charge.
Sony Ericsson will begin launching the Play around the world from March 2011 and will be launched on the Verizon network in the United States. By: Steven D Ito
LG Optimus 3D Smartphone Launches at MWC. Weeks of online rumors and teaser trailers on YouTube come to fruition with the launch of the LG Optimus 3D Smartphone and the LG Optimus 3D tablet (sold as the G-Slate in the United States) both took center stage at the Mobil World Congress in Barcelona Spain.
The powerful Android Smartphone features a 4.3-inch 3D lentiucular screen which generates a 3D effect without the need for special 3D glasses.
The phone also comes with dual 5 megapixel cameras so you can record and view 3D images and video on the phone. You can also adjust the depth of the 3D. LG and You Tube recently joined forces and created a special 3D application.
Besides the 3D features, the LG phone also boasts a 2GHz dual-core processor.
According to a recent article in CNET the Optimus 3D will be one of the more powerful multi-function Android based Smartphone’s released in the first half of 2011.
Google’s android 3.0 platform and the Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor power the Optimus 3D tablet. The Optimus 3D tablet features dual cameras for true 3D capture. The tablet will require the use of 3D glasses.
The phone has a summer release date, which is expected to coincide with the release of Apple’s latest iPhone. Another bit of 3D info is the recent collaboration between Sky and LG. Sky will be working with LG to create 3D content for the Optimus 3D. The deal mirrors the current deal that Sky has in place with Nintendo’s 3DS. Look for more news in the coming weeks as the 3DS readies its launch and more 3D hand-held players come to market. By: Steven D. Ito
A teaser video obtained by Pocket Lint gives us a glimpse at the new LG Optimus 3D smartphone . LG is expected to make the announcement at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Spain February 14-17 2011. The glasses-free 3D handheld devices that will hit the US market this year, in my opinion is the secondary delivery system that will help spread 3D content to the masses. The first being 3D cinema. The 3D TV movement is picking up steam but the overall adoption rate and uptake of 3D TV’S is a bit slow. I think once the hardware manufactures get on the same page with uniform deliver format, glasses (passive vs. active) etc. there will be less confusion and apprehension in the consumer market. I’ve seen hints of a few other LG 3D products like the 3D tablet; I’ll track down the video and post it. It features a tablet with dual lens, it was also reported that the tablet would require 3D glasses. I think it would be pretty cool to take a 3D photo or video with one of the new 3D cameras coming out and share via 3DS or 3D smartphone. The consumer 3D market is set to explode via new glasses-free hand-held delivery systems from the likes of Nintendo, LG, Sharp and possibly Apple ! By: Steven D. Ito
Do you want to look stylish while enjoying the latest 3D movies? Armani Group has just announced their own series of 3D glasses that are compatible with the RealD 3D format used in most movie theatres. The 3DV 001 AX will be unisex navigator style with a crystal gray plastic front and shiny black metal temples. The glasses have also been designed with optically correct 3D lens to make your 3D cinema experience better than if you were to watch a 3D movie with the theatre-provided glasses. The Armani Exchange 3D Glasses have been coated to reduce distortion, glare, scattered light and blue light to give you a better picture. The 3DV 001AX is available for $58.00 and are sold exclusively in the US at all Armani Exchange stores and on their website. No 3DTV support for theater use only. Available on armaniexchange.com
and at Armani retail stores.
My take on the Armani Glasses…I stopped by my local Armani store in Santa Monica and I have to say the Armani 3D glasses were pretty comfortable. I like the large optical framing of the lens, I did not see the perimeter of the frame as you do with Oakley, Expand and the theater glasses. The frames were light weight, so I can see how they would possibly be comfortable wearing for the average 120min feature. The arms of the glasses were quite thin adding to the benefit of fit and form…my one concern with the Armani 3DV 001 AX is in the glasses durability, the hinge seemed a bit flimsy and with repeated use could pose a problem. source: armani 3D glasses By: Steven D. Ito
Pretty cool video check it out. I’ll update the newly announced 3DS games coming to market.
It seems a new game or two is announced daily. Amazon shows about 33 / 3DS titles available for pre-order so far.
Rumors are swirling online about the next generation… iPhone in 3D? There’s been tremendous buzz surrounding Nintendo’s 3DS especially since the 3D content can be viewed without the use of 3-D glasses. Early buzz and good reviews are in on the 3DS, with the iPod and iPhone similar screen size to that of the 3DS it makes sense that Apple might explore the option of a 3D iPhone.
Reuters issued a press release in December of 2010 that Apple and Sharp have entered into an agreement whereby according to reports, Sharp will provide Apple with small to mid- sized LCD screens for their phones. Sharp has recently developed a new 3D Smartphone, Sharp 003SHto be launched by Disney Mobil that will run on Android 2.2 Froyo. Apple recently received a patent for a glasses-less 3D projection, 3D that can be viewed without the use of glasses…hmmm.
Tell us what you think. Should Apple jump into the 3D waters?
Sharp 003SH and 005SH feature Android 2.2 and 3.8inch glasses-free 3D screen
The 3D craze is alive and well! Sharp launches two 3D Smart phones in Japan. The two glasses-free 3D smart phones are arriving just in time to claim a bit of the action from the Nintendo 3DS which launches in Japan, February 2011 and State side in March 2011.
A few game makers are jumping into the mix and are designing New 3D Game content for the 3D Sharp smart phones. Confirmed so far are game makers, Capcom, Namco and Konami. Some of the titles include, Resident Evil, Mega Man, Ghost and Goblins all three titles will be packaged in the Sharp 3D smart phone. Sharp plans to introduce 3D smart phones to the US market in the first quarter 2011. The company did not specify which, if any of the previously announced 3D phones would be making the journey to Hollywood. We may see entirely new models produced for the US market and carriers.
Get ready all you 3D fashionista’s. Designer 3D glasses are here. I recently checked out a pair of the new Oakley 3D special edition Tron glasses at my local Sunglass Hut. They looked pretty cool like a wrap around sunglass. My local Sunglass Hut only had one size, could be a drawback for some. I found the Oakley 3D glasses to be a bit heavy. Also coming soon are 3D glasses from Calvin Klein and Gucci. According to the Oakley press release, the Oakley 3D glasses are optically correct 3D glasses. Marchon the world’s third largest eyewear firm unveiled a collection of 3D glasses at CES 2011. Marchon recently received a patent for its curved lenses it uses in3D glasses. Look for more styles of 3D designer glasses to hit the market as the 3D market gains momentum. I also tried the Gunner optics 3D passive glasses at the 2010 3D gaming summit in Los Angeles and was pleasantly surprised with the fit and the viewing experience. Right now from what I’ve seen in the market place the Gunner Optics 3D glasses, is my personal favorite.
Asus introduces a new 3D LCD monitor, model VG236H. The Asus features a 23″ monitor that will retail for $589 USD which seems a bit steep. The good news is that it will include a 3D Vision kit at that price.
The LCD display has a refresh rate of 120 Hz allowing a smooth 60Hz per eye with a 1920 x 1080 resolution. No complaint about the response time either, 2ms. As for connectivity to video output devices, the ASUS implemented DVI and HDMI inputs.
Hasbro unveils My3D device that attaches to Apple’s devices like iPhone and iPod.
My3D is a device intended to provide iPhone users with a 3-D viewing on the go
China’s largest toy maker is set to unveil to investors on Tuesday a handheld device called My3D that attaches to the two Apple Inc. devices. It promises 3D content that offers a 360-degree experience in gaming, virtual travel experiences and entertainment content. the company is claiming that the device is aimed at both children and adults.
Hasbro unveils My3D device that attaches to Apple’s devices like iPhone and iPod.My3D is a device intended to provide iPhone users with a 3-D viewing on the go.China’s largest toy maker is set to unveil to investors on Tuesday a handheld device called My3D that attaches to the two Apple Inc. devices. It promises 3D content that offers a 360-degree experience in gaming, virtual travel experiences and entertainment content. the company is claiming that the device is aimed at both children and adults.
The device, which looks like a pair of binoculars with a special slot in which users insert their iPod or iPhone, will be priced at $30. It will be available starting next spring at stores where Apple’s iPhones and iPod Touches are available.
Shoppers can then visit Apple’s App store, which will allow shoppers to browse for additional My 3D content. Content varies in price; some apps will be free, some obviously paid.
BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) is rumoured to be looking to jump about the 3D mobile bus next year, following rumours that Apple, Sharpe and HTC are all preparing 3D mobile devices for the consumer market.Scan this code with your mobile device.
Research In Motion (RIM) are rumoured to be putting plans together for BlackBerries featuring a tri-dimensional display.
3D BlackBerry in 2011?
The rumours are linked to RIM’s recent purchase of Swedish company The Astonishing Tribe (TAT), who are specialists in producing 3D user interfaces.
TAT has been working on 3D displays for a while now, developing technology that would be well-suited to use in a smartphone.
In particular, TAT has been developing a switch to a 3D interface based on the position of the smartphone user’s hand.
Whether or not the typical BlackBerry business user will want to use 3D games, movies and other apps on their device is, of course, another matter entirely. It’s sure to be an issue that is being discussed and debated at RIM’s HQ right now.
It is easy to see the reasoning behind the strategy of HTC developing 3D Android phones – and, potentially, Apple developing 3D iPods and iPhones – as those devices are largely used as gaming and entertainment devices by consumers.
Whether or not RIM will follow the same 3D path remains to be seen.