Forbes online reports that SAP’s Fan Energy Zone will have several interactive games for fans. One of the games mentioned in the article is called “Quarteback Challenge”.
“QB Challenge will allow fans the opportunity to wear VR headsets and experience the game from the perspective of an NFL quarterback. The tech company will also have a game that will allow the fan to
experience NFL training drills. Steve Lucas president of Platform Solutions, SAP said that they want to bring a digitally connected experience to the fans of Superbowl 50. Next VR and the NFL will also have a booth at San Francisco Moscone Center that will allow fans the opportunity to experience in VR past football games.
BY: Steven D. Ito
The Future of Entertainment®
RealD 3D has teamed up with Disney and Odeon to offer Star Wars fans the chance to get their hands on a limited edition Star Wars Cardboard virtual reality viewer.
Sorry but that version is only for UK fans. But here in the USA, Verizon has teamed up with Disney and is offering a free Star Wars themed Google Cardboard viewer to verizon account holders in the United States with free shipping. The offer is limited to one per person and is good while supplies last. A great way to experience VR, the future in entertainment®.
Google did have the cardboard viewers on their website but have sold out. Maybe you can check back and see if they replenish the offering.
The world of immersive 3D and VR entertainment is at a convergence. Or shall we say they complement each other and that you really can’t have VR without 3D. VR is what 3D should strive to be
a bit more like, immersive! Google recently launched a Cardboard Camera App for Android. It’s an app that let’s you shoot 3D virtual reality photographs with a smartphone. The end photos can be viewed through Google Cardboard VR headset. According to online sources, taking photo with the app is quite simple, hold your phone out and move it around in a circle. Next to experience the photo you’ve just taken place you phone inside the Google Cardboard viewer and look at the 3D panoramic image you just captured.
Virtual Reality seems to be taking the world by storm these days. All the major electronics and content players seem to be on board from Sony, to Microsoft, HTC, Samsung,
Apple, Universal and a host of others. We can’t forget to mention Mark Zuckerberg and the Oculus Rift headset that seems to have started the VR craze.
Jaunts involvement with Sundance for all practical purposes will also help with future functionality and design of future VR hardware, great move. Also a great way to bring awareness to Jaunt in what will soon become a very competitive market.
The Sundance Institute has launched a program just for VR filmmakers.The iconic filmmaking lab has launched a new VR program called “Sundance Institute New Frontier Program”/ “Jaunt VR Residency Program”.
The program is in partnership with VR firm Jaunt studios. The program will run for six-months with resources and equipment from Jaunt and possibly VR head gear from Oculus but that wasn’t mentioned in the online release. Jaunt will get direct feedback form the filmmakers at the newly created VR lab. I’m sure all the major players will stand by the ready to donate equipment and resources if necessary to the “New Frontier program.” Immersive 3D, that’s what we at NowPlaying3D and consumers are really looking for in entertainment these days. 2-D and UHD -4K is nice, but there is no comparison to great 3D like in Robert Zemeckis recent film “The Walk”. I personally think it was one of the best uses of 3D since Avatar. 3D and VR is “The Future of Entertainment®”.
More when I get it.
The team at Disney Research have developed an augmented reality coloring book app, called “Disney Color and Play”. The 3D app allows users to use crayons to color in their characters on the page and simultanesously watch the characters come to life in full color and in 3D without the need for a stylus. Right now the app will only work with Disney’s Color and Play coloring books. The Disney Color and Play App is free via the app store and google play. Crayola also has a similar App called Crayola Color Alive.
Facebook’s innovative new product “The Oculus”, will usher in an immersive new viewing experience. The Future of Entertainment®. I remember talking about the “Oculus Rift” to a few kids, they said, “no one will wear goggles while playing games.” I said wait and see! While monitoring the 3D Entertainment market, I’ve notice 3D Printing and 3D VR gaining a lot of momentum. The Virtual Reality content makers seem to be making the type of content that 3D filmmakers are capable of but are not doing. They are cheating audiences out of a truly immersive experience. Studios are also leaving millions of dollars on the table from consumers who are looking for that magical 3D movie experience that we last saw in James Cameron’s 2010 “Avatar”.
RealD, theater owners, studios, do you guys want to increase revenue at 3D movies? Then stop making the movies so dam flat!
I was fortunate enough recently, to demo a Samsung VR headset and it was a cool immersive experience. Good VR, is what I think good 3D film should look like. Film makers/stereographers, you need to put the viewer in the action of the movie! Not outside like they are looking through a fishbowl.
Game developers set the bar for filmmakers once before and now all tent pole movies are like a giant video game. I guess they will do it again, as I’m sure VR and 3D film-makers will cross paths and hopefully we’ll have 3D and VR content that is worth paying a premium for. I know it’ll happen…it’s just taking such a long time for the studios to get it right. 3D and VR is “The Future of Entertainment®”.
Ok, back to the breaking news! Variety announced Netflix and Hulu have plans to launch new virtuality-reality apps. The apps will allow viewers to watch VR and 3D content on the Oculus headset or on the Samsung VR headset. I’m sure it’ll be compatible with Microsoft’s as well as Sony’s Morpheus VR headset.
You’ll also be able to watch shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black per CNN on the new Samsung Gear VR.
At Apple’s annual fall event today, Apple announced that it will be adding a new tech feature called 3D Touch to the new iPhone 6s. The 3D Touch technology first appeared in a simpler form in the Apple Watch. The feature on the watch was called Force Touch. The new 3D Touch let’s the user explore open applications such as mail, maps, etc a bit deeper by just a harder touch of the screen. Check out the video courtesy of the Verge.com for an in-depth look at the new upcoming iPhone 6s.
The release of the newest edition to the iPhone family is just around the corner. New leaks suggest the new iPhone 6s will incorporate something called “3D Force Touch” and a super HD display.
According to 9to5Mac the new iPhone 6s or 7 will be able to detect three kinds of touch- a tap, a press and a deeper press which is why Apple is describing the new touchscreen as a 3D Touch Display. Apple’s 3D Touch is featured in the Apple Watch, which led to song speculation that it would be a feature featured in the latest version of the iPhone.For a more in depth read on the new iPhone 6s or 7? Click on the 9to5Mac.com link and read their full report. More detailed information in the enclosed video.
NowPlaying3D.com® always knew 3D was cool! And is The Future of Entertainment® Recently a YouTube channel has been getting a lot of buzz, “Mrwhosetheboss” posted a diy
that gives directions on how to turn your iPhone into a 3D hologram projector. The 3D hologram project involves a plastic CD cover, a glass cutter, a sheet of graph paper, tape and something to write with.
We’ve watched the video and it’s a pretty cool trick. The video has raked up more than 4.6million views. What does that tell you guys? People love 3D!
We’ve included the video here for you to check out. Looking for something similar but a little more elaborate check this out.
We spotted it on Kickstarter a short while ago. Just didn’t have time to post it.
Click on the link, Holus
If you click on the Kickstarter link above you can pre-order the Tabletop Holus Tabletop Holographic Display.
The above video contains an automated computer generated review on the new InFocus smartphone.
American technology company, InFocus has launched a new glasses-free 3D smartphone for the Indian mobil market. The new M550-3D smartphone comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory that is expandable to 64GB via microSD card.
International Business Times reports specs on the 3D smartphone as having a 13MP rear facing camera and at the front are two-5MP fixed focus cameras with face detection to work in tandem with glasses-free 3D viewing. The new M550-3D smartphone with “Naked Eye 3D Technology” is priced at Rs 15,999 Rupee equal to about US $250.00 dollars. The 3D smartphone technology was not quite on par on where it should have been post Avatar. Hopefully the past few years of research and development will prove beneficial to the new InFocus 3D smartphone. DNA India reports that the M550 3D will allow users to play 3D games, 3D photos and 3D videos. The timing for this new 3D phone might be perfect as YouTube readies its new 3DVR content on their website!
Rembrandt 3D recently displayed its new line of Glasses-Free 3D 4K Full HD Displays at the Three Rivers Technology Exhibition in Pittsburg Pennsylvania last week.
The event was highlighted by a demo of their new Special Edition glasses-free 3D 3DAS 10-inch Android Tablet which played content from Emmy award-winning filmmaker Ken Love’s new Frank Lloyd Wright Film, “Fallingwater in 3D, the House Tour.”
Rembrandt 3D CEO Steven Blumenthal said “It is by far the best 3D we have ever converted for 3D auto stereoscopic viewing and I believe that is the most picture-perfect 3D ever seen without glasses. (NP3D) That is a very bold statement, we at NowPlaying3D.com® would love the opportunity to demo the the new device first hand. We have been following the 3D display market for the past five years, pst “Avatar” and have seen most of the auto-stereo displays on the market. None were perfect but many were getting close to a distortion free auto-stereo 3D display. We’re eagerly awaiting the picture perfect glasses-free 3D display. The market is ready for such a device as well. There is plenty of new 3D content and a ton of new 3D contentment in the pipeline as well, so such a device would be welcomed with open arms.
In a recent article by “Digital Signage”, CEO Steve Blumenthal claims, the 3D shots are crystal clear. No ghosting, artifacts, sweet spots or image deterioration. Rembrandt claims no gimmicks or add-ons such as head tracking. (NP3D) Wow…ok, now I really have to see this device. The new 3DS by Nintendo is a big improvement from their earlier 3DS glasses free gaming device released a few years ago. Nintendo was able to improve on the previous 3DS by adding head tracking to position the viewer in the correct viewing position. It’s great news for the 3D display industry. More when we get it.
Snail Games demoed and announced their new Glasses free 3D gaming cell phone at CES 2015. There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the new Glasses Free Android based 3D gaming cell phone at this years E3 convention held in Los Angeles. The W3D gaming cell phone comes equipped with a 2.2 GHz eight-core huh speed CPU, 2 GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, a 5.5-inch HD screen, eye tracking, 1080p resolution and a glasses-free 3D display. A lot of bang for the buck! For gamers, the W3D comes equipped with shoulder buttons, dual joysticks, D-pag and four face buttons that are usually found on handheld gaming devices. The Snail Games W3D mobil gaming device can now be pre-ordered on Amazon for $399.00 USD. For more information visit Snail Games or click on the Amazon link to pre-order. Look for a September 29th 2015 release date per Amazon’s website.
Avatar proved the world is interested in an immersive 3D experience. Hollywood immediately tried to cash in on the trend, rushing to market with poorly shot and poorly converted 3D movies to tarnish the 3D movie image a bit. The tech community and Silicone Valley saw the potential in 3D VR entertainment, meaning Google with the acquisition of Oculus Rift and Microsoft development in the Hololen’s. The test results recent VR demos has beed really amazing!
Engineers and designers are finding an array of uses for the VR format well beyond gaming. VR is being used in the classroom, medical fields and in the military as a truing tool just to name a few.
Sony and Samsung have jumped into the game as well. Sony with it’s Project Morpheus and Samsung’s partnership with Oculus. I think with the tech community firmly planted and moving forward with 3D VR the future looks very bright. Google recently announced the launch of Jump, a camera rig that is offered as an open sourced specification. You download the design from Google and 3D print up a carousel that fits 16-3D cameras, the demo uses 16- GoPro cameras. The move is to help drive the development of new 3D VR content by putting the tools into the hands of consumers. Upload your 3D VR content and let Google work their magic sticking the footage together and presto 3D VR on you tube. The process sound easy but online reports there is a backlog of video that is waiting to be processed. Imagine 16-HD source files that need to be processed, that will take an incredible amount of computing processing power. But given that Google is behind it I’m sure they’ll find a way to streamline the process. Click on the Google link to learn more. Video courtesy of CNET.com
The latest consumer industry favorite compact action sports camera is rumored to feature 4K recording, Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless file transfers and a 2800mAh battery.
The “Day Herald” reports that there are rumors floating around online suggest 8K with 3D recording capabilities. The 8K 3D sounds amazing but file transfer and rendering times could pose
a bit of a problem for most consumer applications. The expected release date is in the forth quarter of 2015. GoPro has a system that is currently available that allows users to capture native 3D by syncing two cameras together in their “Dual Hero System”. The Dual capturing system records 2D video or photos then converts them to 3D using GoPro’s free Studio editing software.
Sega recently announced plans for the next generation of Sega 3D Classic games. The new Sega 3D Classic games will feature
3D enhanced versions of favorites from the arcade and Genesis/Mega Drive days to the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Siliconera reports
that 3D Streets of Rage 2 is due out in July, but it arrives a few months early in Japan, hitting shelves there on April 28th 2015.
We’ve included a 3D clip that you can watch on your 3DS and you should be able to watch it if you have a pair of anaglyphic glasses handy.
The Intel RealSense 3D depth camera can be used to recognize head and hand movement and it also allows a change in focus after the pictures have been taken.
The proto type was unveil in Shenzhen China by Intel’s CEO Brian Kranich. Intel has been a huge backer of 3D scanning and gesture control. So far Intel has managed to integrate its RealSense 3D technology into desktops, laptops and even drones noted a report from online tech source Engadget. The excitement surrounding the recent news release is that now the new RealSense 3D camera because of it’s significantly scaled down size will be
easily incorporated into next generation smartphones. An added plus for the emerging consumer 3D printing market. 3D gaming with gesture control is another hot area for the Intel ReaSense 3D cameras. For more information click on the source links below.
ABC news, early morning edition had an interesting story featuring an up close look at a new 3D imaging technology coming to market. Contributing tech reporter Tina Trinh took a look at a 3D body scan by start up, “Body Labs.” Body Labs is currently working with the US army to perfect their body armor fit and design. Body Labs takes a 3D image of different body types in order to design a more perfect fitting Body Armor. Other uses mentioned were for fashion and the health and fitness industry. Tina also tested the latest new 3D imaging tablet from Dell called the Venue8 7000. The new Dell tablet is able to photograph a room and or objects and give actual dimension including height and width of captured objects. Tina noted that the Dell product performed well but with a few noted flaws. For a more detailed report check out the enclosed video from ABC new.
Look for 3D technology in upcoming video games, tentpole movies, advertisements, lenticular marketing materials, upcoming tablets and smartphones, health industry and across all sectors of both consumer and industrial goods and products and applications.
Every year a just ahead of the release of the latest iPhone rumors start to surface online about possible features of the must have device. The latest news for upcoming 2015 iPhone seems to be one with the possibility of a 3D user interface. Some suggest a glasses-free 3D display others mention the possibility of a 3D touch display. There’s been some pretty solid evidence to support these online claims. Last year we wrote about Patently Apple’s findings, which include the mentioned 3D user interface as well as a 3D gesture control. There have also been some online leaks from overseas screen manufactures in support of the online rumors. Stay tuned more when it comes in.
The new Nintendo 3DS XL launches today in the US. I’ll pick one up later this week and pass it on to my kid for review.
So far the online review have been pretty good for the newly released except for one thing. Nintendo decided not to include a power cord in the new 3DS XL package. Kotaku reports that the power cord from the original 3DS will work if you happen to have one but if not you can probably find one online for under $15.00. So far that really seems to be the consistent complaint from online reviewers.
On a positive note the new Nintendo includes a new eye tracking system so the 3D looks sharp even when moving your head or the device, unlike the previous 3DS also look for faster processing power, newly added joysticks, 3D face tracking, built-in Amiibo, suggested retail price $199.00.
Microsoft recently unveiled it’s flashy futuristic headset called HoloLens. Engadget briefly described it as a holographic computer headset.
Reports are that the new headset is Microsoft’s mixed version of reality with an added mix of augmented reality and immersive virtual reality.
The Engadget tester didn’t really care for the prototype he demoed. The review said, “in it current state it kinda stinks.” Others like reviewers Alaina Yee from IGN have called the HoloLens truly Amazing! Check out Alaina Yee’s on camera interview for more in depth review of Microsoft’s HoloLens.
Microsoft said back in 2010 that it would not venture into the 3D world until the technology matured. With Microsoft’s new HoloLens and Google’s purchase of Oculus Rift, the world of augmented VR
3D-gaming and 3D computing including the 3D printing market. The Future of 3D, augmented reality, and VR seems to be firmly cemented for the near future.