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MTBS-TV Episode: Stereoscopic 3D Gaming History, Part III

February 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Other S3D Tech


Neil Schneider from MTBS started telling the histtory of the stereoscopic 3D gaming in the form of a YouTube 3D video, then in the second part of that video he continued with more recent development around S3D gaming. This time, in the third part, Neil is talking about what happened in the last two years – things like Zalman Trimon 3D monitors being launched with Nvidia stereoscopic 3D drivers, updated only to work with this monitor. iZ3D and DDD extending their driver support for additional hardware, but they still did not offer shutter glasses support. Then Nvidia demonstrating their new 3D Vision shutter glasses along with a 120Hz LCD monitors and new 3D drivers. And at the end he also mentions that other companies are already working on alternatives like for example Bit Cauldron’s upcoming shutter glasses.

And don’t forget to visit MTBS if you haven’t done so yet…

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 Will be an Affordable S3D-capable Laptop

January 11th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Other S3D Tech

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Lenovo, as a lot of other companies had some new products to launch in time for CES, but what caught my attention was the announcement of their new Intel Core i7-based IdeaPad Y560 model featuring 15.6-inch HD screen (1366×768, meaning HD Ready, not Full HD) and supposedly equipped with a polarized filer and being able to be used to play games in stereoscopic 3D mode. For the graphics there should be one of the new mobile Radeon HD 5730 cards along with a second Intel-based GMA, with the ATI card offering similar performance to Nvidia GeForce GT240 according to some sources. This is not the best option for stereoscopic 3D gaming, but still not so bad for lower resolution usage and especially considering we are talking for a mobile computer. It seems that Lenovo, just like Acer did with their Aspire 3D, are trying to make this laptop in more affordable price range instead of shooting at the high-performance gaming solutions as ASUS did with their G51J-3D.


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The guys from Notebooks.com have published the above picture on their website (without much useful info unfortunately) and these clip-on polarized glasses look to be exactly the same as the ones provided with Acer Aspire 3D laptops. And after looking around (there seems to be very little information regarding the S3D support for this model), I’ve found out that as expected the laptop does come with another pair that is for people not wearing prescription glasses that is a bit different from Acer’s. This made me think that Lenovo is following the lead of Acer and is going to introduce a 3D capable laptop with passive polarization, with better CPU and graphics, but with the same screen as Acer’s Aspire 3D and most likely with the same software. And after looking at some Chinese video footage I’ve immediately recognized the video “Voyage to Mars” that is being provided by DDD, confirming my suspicion that Lenovo is also using DDD’s TriDef software just like Acer. According to Lenovo the Y560 should be available in March with a starting price of $849 which should make some competition for Acer, but Acer will probably also update their Aspire 3D model very soon.

I just wonder why nobody from Lenovo did mention anything about Stereoscopic 3D support or using the TriDef software on the Y560 int he official announcement they did for the laptop. This might mean that not all IdeaPad Y560 will have the S3D support, but we’ll have to wait a bit more to see…

IdeaPad Y460 and Y560 Laptops – Turn Up the Dial on Entertainment and Performance
The 14-inch Y460 and 15.6-inch Y560 multimedia laptop with High-Definition 16:9 widescreen are ideal for users looking for the ultimate, mobile entertainment experience. Both the Y460 and Y560 optionally include Lenovo’s new innovative Enhanced Experience RapidDrive technology, which seamlessly combines SSD and HDD storage solutions to deliver even faster Windows 7 boot-up times and significantly improve application performance. Lenovo Enhanced Experience for Windows 7 is a unique Lenovo certification that delivers an optimized boot-up and shutdown process, rich multimedia capabilities and easy system maintenance tools. With RapidDrive technology, users can experience Windows 7 boot up 66% faster2, start favorite applications two-times faster3, and copy files within the computer in less than half the time4.

The Y460 and Y560 will be available with JBL-designed speakers and Dolby Home Theater surround sound – perfect for enjoying music and movies. With up to Intel Core i7 processor featuring Intel Turbo Boost Technology for delivering extra GHz when you need it, they feature the Lenovo Energy Management 5.0 for extended battery life and long-term battery durability, as well as lower noise output through dynamic fan control. Switchable Graphics on the Y560 and Y460 allow users to further extend battery life by toggling between performance and energy-efficient modes. Additional features on the Y460 and Y560 include SlideNav intelligent touch-sensitive slide bar application for easy desktop navigation; OneKey Theatre II audio-visual controls for brighter images and clearer audio; and Ambient Light Sensor that automatically adjusts the PC screen brightness based on the user’s distance from the display.

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The S-3D Gaming Alliance was Formalized

January 8th, 2010 · 1 Comment · General 3D News

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According to the U-DECIDE Initiative, a well received study of modern gamers, 93% of survey respondents want to see game developers support stereoscopic 3D technology. The industry answered by starting development of The S-3D Gaming Alliance (S3DGA), a non-profit corporation that is 100% focused on making stereoscopic 3D gaming possible through standards, education, and product adoption.

“We need an industry-wide standard for S-3D gaming, and S3DGA has the drive and experience to push this forward. All developers and manufacturers should participate,” said Habib Zargarpour, Senior Art Director for Electronic Arts Inc.

“S-3D gaming content is available on PC and console, gamers are great viral marketers, and our industry needs to reach out to the early adopters first. Our industry needed a qualified voice, so S3DGA was formed to properly leverage and develop this market,” said Neil Schneider, S3DGA’s Executive Director and Spokesperson.

S3DGA’s current members include LG Electronics, Blitz Games Studios, RealD, Next3D, DDD, Jon Peddie Research, Sensio, TDVision Corp, iZ3D, and more.

Advisory board members include Habib Zargarpour, Senior Art Director for Electronic Arts, Andrew Oliver, CTO and Co-Founder of Blitz Games Studios, and Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group & VP of NVIDIA Mobile Content.

S3DGA wanted its first board to be comprised of people without vested interests until there is a member driven nomination or election process. The initial Board of Directors includes:

Syd Bolton, Interim S3DGA President, is also the Curator of the Personal Computer Museum in Brantford, Ontario. A seasoned expert in gaming and gaming history, Mr. Bolton has been featured on The Space Channel, MuchMusic, Custom PC, Games Magazine, and more.

Mark Fihn, S3DGA Vice-President, is the publisher of Veritus et Visus. A top analyst and consultant, his company publishes a well respected 3D newsletter that features columns written by top industry executives and pioneers.

John Merritt, S3DGA Treasurer, is the founder of the Stereoscopic Displays & Applications Conference, the oldest stereoscopic 3D conference in the world. Mr. Merritt is a leading consultant on matters of S-3D quality and immersive experience.

“I really believe that 2010 is the year that 3D will hit at home with consumers more than ever, and having this alliance is more critical than ever to ensure everyone is on the same page,” said Syd Bolton, S3DGA’s President.

The interim Standards Division Chair is Keith Elliott.

“When we are talking about standards in gaming, it’s not just about passing a left and right image to the display — that’s easy. Game developers also need to speak the same language, quality and compliance expectations need to be set, and lots of compatibility politics are going to surface very quickly I’m sure. We wanted a strong people person to head this up, and this individual’s previous work had to be well known. We found that person in Keith Elliott,” Schneider explained.

Keith Elliott is one of the key inventors of the low-cost stereoscopic display architecture used in over two million 3D DLP high-definition (HD) televisions. This high-speed “checkerboard” layout grew popular by offering high-quality 3D HD video at the lowest cost possible. In gaming, it is already supported by DDD, iZ3D, NVIDIA, and multiple game engines. As Director of New Business Technology for the HDTV group at Texas Instruments (TI), Keith was involved in the development of the infrastructure needed to support a wide roll-out of 3D content to the home consumer. He also directed TI’s systems engineering team that delivered DLP technology to HDTV manufacturers around the world. He is currently a founder and technology consultant for Screen’s Edge, LLC.

To the official S-3D Gaming Alliance website for more information…

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