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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
From movies to 3D printing, the third dimension has captured the attention of artist, engineers, scientist and inventors across numerous fields.
One of those emerging new fields is 3D Imagining and capture. Tech company Obvious Engineering is the computer vision start-up company behind the 3D photo app Seene.
Seene was actually launched last year in October but has since garnered a lot of attention due to 3D printing and it’s million plus downloads. The company behind Seene is improving on the Smartphone 3app
with hopes of making the app more main stream, example converting your 2D images to 3D and maybe even an CAD file to print out your favorite 2D image in 3D form.
Check out the video above pretty awesome!
The latest 3D tech buzz is that Amazon’s 3D smartphone will be coming out sometime this year.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that a formal announcement will be made by Amazon sometime in June. Speculation is that Amazon will release their new 3D glasses-free smartphone sometime in September 2014.
We caught wind of the story and reported on Amazon’s potential entry into the highly competitive smartphone market sometime last year. We’re glad to see that the 3D auto-stereoscopic smartphone is becoming a reality.
The Amazon 3D smartphone is rumored to be embedded with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor could that mean a partnership with the 3D technology company MasterImage? Maybe Dolby?
For the past few years MasterImage has been at the forefront of glasses-free 3D movement on tablets and small hand-held devices. I was lucky enough to get a first hand glimpse of some of their early prototypes. though not perfect at the time I saw them…there was a steady improvement over the past couple of years. MasterImage’s current glass-free 3D is reported to be xlint with a much wider viewing angle. It’ll be interesting to see if others like Apple and Samsung add the Auto-stereo feature to their upcoming new smartphones. Glasses-free 3D is just around the corner. Tech giant Dolby is also working on glass-free 3D technology and is said to be in partnership with a number of manufactures for the next generation of HD glasses-free 3D televisions and also glasses-free 3D for the mobil and tablet market.
Shopping online looking at products in 3D…very cool! More to follow.
Hammacher Schlemmer releases a glasses free 3D tablet just in time for the 2013 holiday season. The auto-stereo tablet is available via the Hammacher Schlemmer website for $349.00. The company websites states that it is the only glasses free 3D tablet currently available on the market. Specs include an 8” screen, 16 GB of internal storage
Well, we’re not sure if the Hammacher Schlemmer’s 3D tablet is the only one on the market. NEO3DO was released earlier this year and it’s also a glasses free 3D tablet. The NEO3DO was initially launched on the crowd funding website Kickstarter. There are actually a few glasses free 3D tablets currently on the market another 3D tablet is the Commander3D.
Anyway keep them coming we love 3D!
A quick flashback to December 2009 and a little film called Avatar that sort of started the current 3D movement.
James Cameron’s ground breaking 3D movie Avatar released in late 2009 was a game changer for the entire film and electronics industry. After the films release it seemed that just about every other movie was deceptively advertised as the next great 3D movie. Not far behind television manufactures also jumped on the 3D bandwagon and trailing slightly behind them were manufactures of portable devices claiming their 3D device was The Future of Entertainment®. LG released a 3D smart phone the LG Optimus 3D, which I actually purchased for my son but soon returned the device due to eyestrain and cross-talk and blurry 3D images.
As early as 2011 and 2012 a few manufactures hit the scene at events like the 2011-2012 CES and various 3D conferences displaying prototypes of their version of glasses-free 3D. One company which I actually contacted about a month ago to do a follow up with their release of glasses-free 3D devices was MasterImage. MasterImage did not respond to our request for an interview. I saw MasterImages glasses free 3D tablet and smartphone prototypes; the images were good but not great.
Some of the other glasses free 3D devices that I have seen including Nintendo’s 3DS have very limited viewing angles. The 3DS works great and it’s a lot of fun when your viewing position is dead center but viewing at an angle the image becomes blurry. Dolby is another company entering the auto-stereo market with very positive response from reviewers including myself. Dolby known to most as a premium audio company has also been in the display business for many years. Dolby partnered with Phillips and is currently licensening their version of glasses free 3D to various non disclosed manufactures (as of this printing) which can be embedded into numerous devices including smart phones, tablets, televisions, and computer screens.
I was on hand and had the opportunity to test out their prototype; I have to say it was pretty impressive. I had a very difficult time finding a bad angle while watching viewing their glasses free 3D content. The only flaw I have to say is that the image was a little flat…but definitely a game changer.
If Hammacher Schlemmer licensed their glasses free 3D technology from Dolby I definitely purchase one.
By: Steven D. Ito
Source: Hammacher Schlemmer, Dolby, NEO3DO
The BBC reports that Skype is celebrating 10 years of virtual communication. In an exclusive interview with Microsofts’s corporate vice-president for Skype, Mark Gillett. The following is an excerpt from the interview regarding Skype’s involvement into 3D video chat. “We’ve done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D screens and 3D capture,” said Mark Gillett.
The BBC interview with Mark Gillett of Skype seems to suggest that the interest in 3D video conferencing is there but the technology on the hardware side is lagging a bit. The next excerpt is also from the BBC article. “We’ve seen a lot of progress in screens and a lot of people now buy TVs and computer monitors that are capable of delivering a 3D image. “But the capture devices are not yet there. We have it in the labs, we know how to make it work and we’re looking at the ecosystem of devices and their capability to support it in order to make a decision when we might think about bringing something like that to market.”
Remember we also reported earlier that Amazon was tinkering with a glasses-free 3D smartphone and companies like Dolby and MasterImage and DDD are readying glasses free delivery devices for the consumer market.
Just announced today Sept. 2nd 2013, DDD extends it’s TriDef 3D license to China’s Chongqing JOMVS Photoelectricity company for it’s glasses free 3D tablets and 3D devices. More to follow.
A new project called “Poppy” just launched today on Kickstarter. The Kickstarter project reached it’s goal of $40,000 on it’s first day out. “Poppy” turns your iPhone into a 3D video camera and 3D sharing device. A couple of tech savvy inventors out of Seattle
came up with the cool device that will allow the user to both capture and share 3D video and photos via your iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and the fifth generation iPod touch.
The device looks similar to the original 3D viewing device that we’ve all grown up with the “ViewMaster. The “ViewMaster” seems to have been part of the inspiration for the upcoming new “Poppy.” The device works by utilizing mirrors and optics in a clever and exacting way that will allow the user to simply view 3D video and photos through the viewfinder accompanied by your iPhone or 5th gen-ipod touch.
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!
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.
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
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.