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TOOB, an Immersive Dome Type Display With Stereo 3D Support

July 12th, 2011 · 13 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Going for a multi-monitor setup for more immersive gaming environment can be an expensive and hard to realize task, especially if you want that setup to also support stereoscopic 3D. Building an Nvidia’s 3D Vision Surround setup with 120Hz 3D LCD monitors or an AMD Eyefinity 3D setup with passive 3D displays are some of the options, but that would require more powerful video cards and to have three 3D-capable monitors of the same model etc. And even when you are there you get some possible issues still facing you like no way of completely getting rid of the bezels of the displays, or a specific game not working in multi-monitor mode at all or at least having some issues. And although the end result would still be quite good and the extra immersion added by the wider field of view it may still not be what you would want to achieve if you are making some kind of a setup for a simulation game for example.

But there is an interesting alternative that hopefully will be available on the market later this year it is called TOOB being made by a company called Think Out Of Box. Essentially this is a special immersive dome type display that uses a single projector to offer the user a much more immersive curved display that covers better the whole peripheral vision. The display relies on a projector that is projecting the image on a curved mirror that reflects it on a curved screen creating the illusion of 3D-ness even when you are using a normal 2D projector and you can of course use a 3D-capable projector to add stereoscopic 3D support.

The clear advantage of this TOOB solution is that it does not have any specific requirements for the image source – it can be a PC, DVD or Blu-ray player, game console even TV channel and it can work with a 2D or 3D source, you just need to get a 3D-capable projector to use it with stereo 3D content. There is no special software required in order to get the whole extra immersive effect, so no compatibility issues or games not willing to work correctly, although especially for games there are some that might benefit more from this type of display than others, like all types of simulators for example. The whole curved dome type display without a projector should cost about 1500 USD and bundled with an Optoma projector (official partners of Think Out Of Box for TOOB and projector bundles) the price should be about 2000 USD. The good thing is that it is fully compatible with Nvidia’s 3D Vision if your projector is a 3D Vision-ready one, or with AMD HD3D technology and PS3 consoles in 3D if you happen to get a projector with HDMI 1.4 support (or an extra adapter that adds it). I’m eager to see one of these TOOB domes in action and try to play some games on it when it comes out on the market as it appears to be a really good and affordable solution for a more immersive curved display for home use, and apparently not only for gaming, but for movie watching as well… like your own private small scale IMAX dome theater at home.

More information about the TOOB dome type curved displays is available here…

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A Bit More on the Topic About Active DisplayPort to DVI Adapters

March 21st, 2011 · 4 Comments · General 3D News

Here is an interesting find that I’ve stumbled upon today, an Active DisplayPort to DVI adapter from Sapphire. The interesting thing here is that the adapter is Active, but does not have an additional USB power cable, but if you are paying enough attention you should note that this adapter is providing just a Single Link DVI output. The adapter is originally intended to be used with AMD/ATI video cards fro providing video connection to more common monitors that are not using DisplayPort if you want to built a multi-monitor configuration based on AMD’s EyeFinity technology. This adapter however is not something that will work with a 3D Full HD monitor if your desktop or laptop has only DisplayPort output with the reason being that the output is not the Dual-Link DVI that is required to be able to push 1920×1080 video at 120Hz to the monitor. So you should be paying attention when choosing a DisplayPort to DVI adapter for use with a 3D monitor, you should look for an Active DisplayPort or mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter in order to make things work with high-resolution stereo 3D…

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