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QuakeCon 2012 Panel – Virtual Insanity – The Future of Gaming

August 6th, 2012 · 3 Comments · General 3D News


Here is a video recording of th Virtual Insanity panel at QuakeCon 2012 featuring John Carmack (id Software), Michael Abrash (Valve), and Palmer Luckey (Oculus). Moderated by Todd Hollenshead (id Software). The guys are talking about AR, VR, stereo 3d and future of gaming with these technologies getting adopted for gaming, and of course a lot more information about the Oculus Rift… spend an hour to watch it if you weren’t able to attend QuakeCon.

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Add More Realism to Your Stereo 3D Gaming, Go for a Light Gun

June 30th, 2010 · 9 Comments · Other S3D Tech


Back in the days when we were using only CRT TVs some of the old consoles (dating back even to the old Atari 2600 and the first NES, although the light gun technology was developed back in the 30s of last century) there were the so called Light Guns that allowed you to use a gun as a controller in some games. But now, since almost everyone has an LCD or Plasma TV, LCD monitor or even a projector the conventional light guns are not usable anymore. So a new generation of light guns was developed that actually uses external sensor bars (array of LEDs) to track the position and movement with the help of a tiny camera in the front of the gun. The biggest advantage of this method is that the Light Gun becomes usable with any kind of display solution, no matter if it is a Monitor, TV, or even a projector – 2D or a 3D one and that is what makes it more attractive. Imagine using a 3D DLP projector to play your favorite shooter game on a big display and with a Light Gun, instead of using a mouse… definitely brings things a step further to feeling even more real, so here are a few options for you if you are interested…

EMS TopGun II


This is probably one of the first universal solutions that supports PC and Console use on a newer TV set or even a projector, the second version just offers some improvements over the first one.

Visit the official EMS TopGun II product page for more information…


XFPS (Storm) light gun – PC Version


This light gun on the other hand is one of the most recent light guns announced, made by XCM, and you probably can notice that the design is greatly influenced by the Nintendo Wii. This one is only for PC, but there is also a different console version available for PS3 owners.

Visit the official XFPS (Storm) light gun product page for more information…

Just have in mind that these light guns are intended for FPS games, so if you don’t play shooters there is no big point. Also if you are closing one of your eyes while aiming with a gun this can be an issue if playing a game in stereo 3D mode as you are actually going to loose the 3D effect and will not be able to aim correctly at the target. So there are some things you’ll need to consider before going to add a light gun as an accessory to your 3D gaming computer. And these are just some ready to use solutions that you can get, if you are willing to experiment there are a lot of things to be done, but that also may requires some specific knowledge and a lot of free time… ;)

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DIY Virtual Reality Rig with Stereo 3D Support and Motion Tracking

April 7th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Other S3D Tech


One interesting DIY project from Gavan Woolery who used a 120Hz 3D-ready Acer GD235HZ monitor (the same as Acer GD245HQ) with Nvidia 3D Vision shutter glasses and TrackIR 5 from Naturalpoint to recreate something that looks like an oversized HMD (Head Mounted Display). Ok, HMD in this project really means attaching a big monitor to your head instead pf the small LCD screens that are usually found in the commercial HMDs that are much smaller and actually look more like a pair of sunglasses (slightly bigger). The end results looks kind of strange, but you should remember that this is a prototype that was built just a as a proof of concept. And while it might not be very convenient to wear the whole thing attached to your head it seems to work pretty good in providing not only stereoscopic 3D image, but also adding motion tracking. Are you starting to get some ideas yourself already? Considering that you can hardly find any up to date HMD with high resolution and motion tracking at an affordable price that also supports stereoscopic 3D mode this project is definitely interesting. You can share your thoughts and ideas about it in the comments below.

You can read more details about the project on Gavan Woolery’s blog…

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