NVidia’s next hardware revision is code-named “Kepler”, but more than that is largely a mystery. One site claims to have gotten a copy of some Kepler specs, and if they’re true it’s pretty impressive.
As the leaked chart shown, die size of GK110 is 550mm², which is not only bigger than 365mm² of Radeon HD 7970, but also 30mm² larger than its GF110. It’s said that GK110-based GeForce GTX 680 will be up to 45% faster than AMD Radeon HD 7970. As for the price, GTX 680 is set at US$649, US$100 higher than HD 7970.
Expected to drop in April & May, they’re showing numbers around 45% over Radeons HD7970 for $650. Of course, without public confirmation it’s anybody’s guess.
Saw this on a few news outlets touting the amazing technology from Innovega & DARPA that puts an augmented reality display right on a contact lens on the eyeball. It’s important to get the details as that’s not actually the truth: What they’ve done is create a contact lens that allows a wearer to focus on “near to eye” displays, such as their own glasses with integrated projection displays.
For DARPA’s part, Innovega is working as part of the Soldier Centric Imaging via Computational Cameras (SCENICC) program, which aims to eliminate the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability gap at the individual soldier level.
You can get some good details in the video below. Still neat technology, but not quite what most people think from the headline.
If you’re running a nice but older TV that doesn’t support 3D and don’t feel like kicking it to the curb to upgrade, then there’s a new (albeit pricey) option to consider. The 3DFury will be shipping in a few days and takes pretty much any 3D signal, including the industry standard HDMI 1.4 like BluRay or PS3, and issues its own active glasses sync signal and reformats it for your TV.
If your HDTV or projector can play regular non-3D games and Blu-ray movies then the 3Dfury will work for you and will turn your existing HDTV or projector into a 3D home theater!
If your HDTV or projector cannot play HDMI content because it lacks of a HDMI input, 3Dfury can still turn it into a 3D home theater, thanks to the embedded HDMI to analog converter based on HDfury technology. The 3Dfury supports every 3D signal type in existence today including frame-packing, side-by-side, top-bottom.
Not so sure how well this will work honestly, but it’s an interesting option. It supports frame-packing, side-by-side, top-bottom, and others, and includes updatable firmware to add even more. The gadget will retail for $399.
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In what is a surprising throwback to VR of the 90′s, Sensics is demonstrating their new “Smart Goggles” at CES this week. A classic head mounted display that combines head-tracking with 3D visuals, this one adds the twist of supporting Android 4.0 apps.
The Smart Goggles graphics arent very good the Wii puts them to shame, really, but the company promised that its games would get more immersive and more impressive over time. Sensics is also planning to completely remove your controller from the equation, so instead of pressing a button to punch youll actually punch. No word yet on pricing, or when the Smart Goggles will be available they seemed rather unfinished in our time playing with them, but were hoping theyre expensive — otherwise were going to be seriously dangerous to others while we crush the city around us.
Microsoft Research Cambridge has a neat new method for visualizing small 3D volume interactively in true 360-degree stereo through use of a GPU-accelerated algorithm connected to a special new display they call the “Vermeer”.
Vermeer is a novel interactive 360° viewable display suitable for a tabletop form factor from Microsoft Research Cambridge. It provides viewpoint corrected stereoscopic 3D graphics to simultaneous users 360° around the display, without the need for eyewear or other user instrumentation. In contrast to other systems, Vermeer allows users for the first time, to reach into and directly touch 3D objects inside a display volume. It also enables simultaneous users 360° viewing of the 3D object. Inherently other 360° systems restrict interactions to outside the display volume behind a protective glass or plastic dome.
From the description in the video, it looks like an electronic version of the “Hologram Chamber” illusion. A clever trick, but the size of it keeps it restricted to rather small displays.
I’ve long wondered when a TV provider would come out with a TV that offered double vertical resolution on a Passive 3D TV, allowing 1080 lines of resolution in each eye (right now most Passive 3D TV’s have to cut your resolution in half, turning a 1080-line screen into 540 for each eye). LG has answered my question with their new LW6500, capable of 3840×2160, double 1080P in each direction. They’ll be demonstrating it at CES, but due to it’s other “virtues” I somehow doubt it’ll be coming to a living room near you anytime soon.
With a 2,13 meters diagonal, the new LG 3DTV will occupy 183 cm by 103 cm of your living room wall estate ! The probability to see this monster at your nearby TV outlet is still extremely slim. And if it appears one day, expect the price way north of 10,000$…
Next month is CES so the press releases of exotic hardware that will probably never actually come to consumers is in full-swing. LG is first out of the gate with the announcement of their huge new 84-inch “Ultra Definition” TV capable of 3840×2160 and 3D viewing.
“LG is pushing the limits of home entertainment innovation with this 3D UD TV,” said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “We are bringing together all our Smart TV and 3D knowledge in the 3D UD TV in order to demonstrate to the CES audience that LG is committed to being the world’s leading brand for immersive home entertainment in 2012 and beyond.”
This is the “get them in the booth” item so you can see their real 55-inch OLED TV and new “Smart TV Ecosystem” products.
PhysOrg has a short article about a company called “Imec” that hopes to make holographic TV a reality in 2012 through an interesting nanoscale silicon processes.
In their nanoscale system, they work with chips made by growing a layer of silicon oxide on to silicon wafer. They etch square patches of the silicon oxide. The result is a checkerboard-like pattern where etched-away pixels are nanometers lower than their neighbors. A reflective aluminum coating tops the chip. When laser light shines on the chip, it bounces off of the boundary between adjacent pixels at an angle. Diffracted light interferes constructively and destructively to create a 3-D picture where small mirrored platforms are moving up and down, many times a second, to create a moving projection.
They hope to have their first “proof of concept” designs in 2012, although I imagine a marketable version of the tech is a good 4-5 years away. Check out their demo video from IEEE Spectrum below.
Next month at CES, LG will be demonstrating some new monitors. One that really caught my eye is a new offering called the “DM92″ which offers mere 1mm bezels on the top and sides, making it an ideal candidate for multi-screen setups like NVidia’s 3-monitor 3D Vision gaming setup.
The DM92 series showcases a premium design by employing the slim bezel of LG’s technology- and design-driven CINEMA SCREEN whose aesthetic superiority is accompanied by the lustrous chrome stand. During the monitor TV’s attractive 27-inch display, users can access files on their PC, play games or just chill and watch theirfavorite TV show
I can’t find any mention of the 1mm bezel in the Press Release, and no mention of price either. Guess we’ll have to wait until next month to see what really materializes.
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