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$…
via Worried about Passive 3DTV Resolution?.
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.
via DailyTech – LG to Reveal 3D UD TV at CES 2012.
Taiwan’s Innovision was at CES demonstrating their HoloAD technology which is 3D the way it’s meant to be done, projected via a hologram for 180-degrees of viewing.
As is the case with all 3D tech, HoloADs work by fooling the brain into thinking it’s seeing something that doesn’t really exist. HoloAD displays work by using a set of three independent images, projected onto the trapezoidal sides of a see-through glass pyramid (the back side is flat), so you can walk 180-degrees around the projection. The result is an image that looks like an animated, full-color hologram. In addition, the display units can hold an actual object under the glass, and can be made to look like that object is the originating source of the 3D projection. Just load up the properly prepared FLV video footage onto a USB flash disk, and the HoloAD unit does the rest.
See some youtube videos of it in action after the break.
Another release from CES, MSI was on-hand demonstrating three new concept PC’s that show some interesting combinations of technology for gaming or home media. The first is an “All-In-One” 3D PC, similar to an iMac (completely integrated monitor, PC, everything) but with a 3D display that uses wireless glasses. The second is a similar design, but has a sliding design for storing the mouse and keyboard.
The third is,perhaps, the most interesting as it’s another all-in-one PC, but instead of a monitor it comes with an HD-resolution projector. Meant for home media, I have to wonder how well it would work for things like display-walls or virtual reality environments.
Full release after the break.
One surprise at CES comes from EnGadget, who got some hands-on time with the coveted RED Scarlet and Bomb, and have pics and video to prove it.
Ted Schilowitz from RED popped in with a RED Scarlet and the Bomb EVF for a quick hands-on! Our video producer Chad Mumm basically attacked him, as did the rest of the crew — pretty much everyone surrounded him as he pulled the Scarlet out of its pack. Chad actually shot video and did a little interview — we'll get that up ASAP, but check out the pics in the gallery below.
Hit their site for the pics, or see the video after the break.
via RED Scarlet and Bomb EVF surprise hands-on! — Engadget.
[H]ard|OCP has an editorial today with some information about Nvidia’s 3D Surround multi-display gaming setup at CES. Nvidia has its 3D Surround technology running on a pair of 285 GTX graphics cards in the lobby. This is being displayed on three projectors at 720P and is using VGA connectors. In the booth, they have a pair of 285 GTX graphics cards running across three 1920×1080 displays using three dual-link DVI connectors. It is great to see the technology available to current generation graphics cards. Nvidia also has its 3D Surround technology running on a pair of GF100s graphics cards in the booth. This too is being displayed on three projectors at 720P and is using VGA connectors.
However, the best part of the editorial is at the end. [H]ard|OCP really smacks down Nvidia. Here is just a taste of it.
For god’s sake NVIDIA, if you pull this bullshit where 3D Surround “games” will not work on Eyefinity configurations, we are going to beat NVIDIA down repeatedly and publicly for harming the PC gaming industry.
via : NVIDIA 3D Surround Multi-display Gaming Editorial
Another CES announcement, this time fro Vuzix, announces a new Stereo Augmented Reality headset that fits into a slim sunglasses form factor.
The stereo camera pair delivers a single 1504 x 480 side-by-side image that can be viewed in 3D stereoscopic video, while the video eyewear provides an unprecedented 67-inch display as seen from 10 feet. The Wrap 920AR also includes a 6 Degree-of-Freedom Tracker, which allows for absolute accuracy of roll pitch and yaw and also X, Y and Z positioning in 3D space. Selected as a 2010 CES Innovations Award winner and a semifinalist for the “Last Gadget Standing” competition, the Wrap 920AR will be the highlight of Vuzix’ display at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show.
So, it’s a bit of an odd offering, as it records stereo imagery via the cameras and display it right back to you, as tho it’s not even there. Hopefully, some interesting applications will come out utilizing the integrated tracking.
via Vuzix to Introduce Revolutionary Augmented Reality Wrap 920AR Video Eyewear at 2010 International CES – Yahoo! Finance.
Managed to find an interesting video showing, very briefly, the capabilities of the NVidia GF100 in DirectX11 via Unengine. While the site is in Italian, the translation reads:
We managed to track exclusively for you from a Chinese website on the first video of the new series of graphics cards Nvidia Without dealing with the benchmark Unigine DirectX 11.
To you after the jump to preview the video GF100 in action.
See the video after the break.
Update: Found another better, longer video with narration showing not only the Unengine demo, but video of the open computer case showing the Card & Connections. After the break.
Original Links, via Google Translate.
A new press release from AMD and Samsung gets into the details of the Eyefinity program and those promised “thin-bezel” displays from Samsung. Also, it gets into a new validation program that AMD is launching to validate and certify both hardware and software for the new technology, hoping to prevent confusions of unsupported configurations.
ATI Eyefinity Validation Program: assembling the ultimate visual computing experience:
- The new ATI Eyefinity Validation program helps consumers more easily identify products that have demonstrated their ability to enable an outstanding experience with ATI Eyefinity technology.
- The new “ATI Eyefinity Multi-Display Validation” designation signifies production products that have been tested by AMD’s quality control labs and are known to support ATI Eyefinity resolutions in portrait or landscape modes.
- The “ATI Eyefinity Multi-Display Ready” designation denotes those products that are known to be compatible with ATI Eyefinity technology through AMD’s testing, or partners’ pre-qualification testing based on AMD specifications and tests.
- Display devices, DisplayPort adapters, software including games and other applications, and other hardware components will all be included under the program.
The new displays from Samsung look great, but the beauty doesn’t come cheap: An MSRP of $3,099 for the six-screen configuration, and $1899 for the three-screen.
via AMD and Samsung partner on thin-bezel LCDs; Eyefinity validation program announced – News and Siteseeing.
EnGadget has information on Panasonic’s new 3D Camcorder which integrates everything necessary for stereoscopic recording into a single easy-to-hold package.
Dubbed a “professional” device, the camcorder won’t be available to order until April, and it’s expected to make the filming of 3D content easier due to having the camcorder itself, the lenses, camera head and a twin memory card recorder smashed together in a single body. Users will also find stereoscopic adjustment controls on the twin-lens, solid state-based system, and we’re told that it’ll automatically recalibrate itself sans the need for any external equipment.
Of course, such convenience isn’t cheap. Starting price is $21,000 MSRP, putting it well out of reach of “consumers” and well info “professional” territory. To complete their 3D offerings, Panasonic is also launching new Blu-ray 3D players and 3D Televisions, along with various collaborations with content providers.
via Panasonic blows it out with 3D Blu-ray deck, HDTVs, channels and $21k camcorder — Engadget.