Asus has a strange history in regards to showing some 3D monitors at events such as CES or CeBit and these monitors never actually appearing on the market. They are trying to be first, but only in showing a prototype on a big event and then releasing a different product on a market at a later time. This already has happened with the Asus VG242H that never came to the market, but instead Asus VG236H was released at a later time. Then Asus was the first company to show a 27-inch 3D monitor that months later again has never appeared on the market and now at CeBit 2011 Asus is showing a new 27″ model, the Asus VG278H that we are probably soon going to have on the market… hopefully as early as April.
Asus VG278H 3D Monitor Specifications:
Display size: 27″, 16:9 Widescreen, LED backlight
Panel Technology: TN (Twisted Nematic)
Resolution: 1920×1080 @ 120Hz
Contrast ratio: 1000:1 / 50,000,000:1 (Dynamic)
Brightness: 400 cd/m2
Response Time: 2ms (gray-to-gray)
Internal speakers: 3W x2 Stereo
Connections: HDMI, DVI-D (Dual-Link), D-Sub, HDMI 1.4, Earphone Jack
The 27-inch Asus VG278H 3D monitor follows the general design of the smaller VG236H monitor the company released last year, but there are some differences as well. The new 27-inch model apparently will be using a LED backlight, will have a built-in 3D Vision IR emitter and also have support for stereo 3D over the HDMI 1.4 interface. I expect that it will be pretty similar in terms of performance to what the 27-inch Acer 3D monitor that I’ve already reviewed, but we’ll have to wait a bit more to see.
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CeBIT is a trade show for the digital industry held each year in Hannover, Germany and you can consider it to be something like the European alternative of CES. CeBIT 2011 is currently is starting tomorrow on March 1st and will continue until March 5th, but it seems that stereo 3D technology won’t be the big thing this year and most likely we are not going to have some big announcements during the trade show. What you should be able to see according to CeBIT’s website and the information available from different exhibitors attending are 3D-capable laptops, 3D cameras/camcorders and 3D photo frames, 3D monitors and 3D HDTV sets using different technology and some stereoscopic 3D-related services and software solutions as well.
Game Developers Conference 2011 is another interesting annual event, targeted at game developers, that will also cover stereoscopic 3D technology. GDC 2011 commemorates its 25th edition this year, and is held in the Moscone Center in San Francisco between February 28th (today) and March 4th with five days of lectures, panels, tutorials and roundtable discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts. But apparently stereoscopic 3D technology is also not a big thing this time as well. With the most interesting sessions at the conference probably being about the “Development Process of Nintendo 3DS” by Hideki Konno from Nintendo as well as “Stereoscopic 3D Demystified: From Theory to Implementation in STARCRAFT II” presented by Dominic Filion from Blizzard Entertainment and Samuel Gateau from NVIDIA.
And if you happen to visit any of these events, feel free to share some interesting things you may have seen there in the comments below as well as links to reports from other sources about what can be seen that is related to stereo 3D technology at CeBIT 2011 or GDC 2011…
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