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Sony With New 3D-capable Products at the IFA 2011 Trade Show

August 31st, 2011 · 1 Comment · Other S3D Tech

While Sony will most likely not be showing the just announced 3D Head Mounted Display HMZ-T1 and expected to be available in Japan this November, the company has a lot of other 3D products to announce and demonstrate during the IFA 2011 trade show in Berlin, Germany. These include for example the Sony VAIO L Series all-in-one 3D touchscreen multimedia PC, the 3D-capable Sony SMP-N200 Network Media Player, the Sony VPL-VW95ES 3D projector as well as the new 15.5-inch Sony VAIO S Series laptop with the optional VGP-FL3D15A ‘glasses-free’ 3D panel. All of them interesting products in terms of stereo 3D support that should start appearing on the market soon after the IFA trade show finishes…

I’m starting with the Sony VAIO L Series (VAIO VPCL21S1E/B) all-in-one (AIO) 3D touchscreen multimedia PC that should be available starting October this year. It is basically a 24-inch Full HD 3D-capable LED display with multi-touch support that has built-in PC components making it a full featured multimedia computer. The other hardware of the system includes a 2nd Generation Intel Core processor, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS, 8GB DDR3 SDRAM (1333MHz), 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M GPU with 1GB VRAM, Blu-ray Disc Drive with DVD SuperMulti, WLAN 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth Ver 3.0 + HS, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (x3), SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (x2), HDMI Output (x1), HDMI Input (x1), HD Web Camera powered by “Exmor”, S-Force Front Surround 3D, Dolby Home Theater technology, Internal stereo speakers 5.5W + 5.5W as well as wireless keyboard and laser wireless mouse. This AIO PC is intended for multimedia use including for previewing 3D photos and videos and movies, and while it may also provide decent gaming performance it is not being advertised as a gaming solution. Still it probably comes with 3D Vision support using Sony’s active shutter glasses and you may be able to play some not so demanding games in stereo 3D mode on it, although this functionality needs confirmation. This AIO PC from Sony will be able to convert 2D movies and videos to 3D at the touch of a button and also comes with Family Paint 3D software, allowing to to make 3D drawings using the touchscreen with up to 5 depth layers which can be quite fun thing to do with kids. But this is also the first all-in-one PC with a 3D HDMI input, allowing this VAIO to display 3D video from a connected PlayStation 3 console or to use the console to game in stereo 3D mode.

Up next is the 3D-capable Sony SMP-N200 Network Media Player that according to Sony should be able to turn any TV into an Internet TV, that is if your HDTV is not already offering Internet connectivity with a bunch of features associated with it. It is still not very clear what kind of video formats will the device support, also including the 3D formats, but it will apparently support the “3D Experience” service offering free of charge on-demand streaming of 3D content (only available in some countries) as well as other online features. Other non-3D features announced from Sony include the availability of a web browser for example, although browsing from a TV-like remote control has never been the most comfortable things to do. The device will feature USB, WiFi and Ethernet connectivity for accessing media from other devices and also supports DLNA. It will have HDMI, component video output and composite video output, but only the HDMI will be usable for 3D content since it should be HDMI 1.4-capable.

Moving to the Sony VPL-VW95ES 3D projector, a high-end device intended for home cinema enthusiasts also interested in 3D support. Sony’s VPL-VW95ES projector is a successor to the VPL-VW90ES, which was announced last September, and was the company’s first 3D home cinema projector, so the new model builds on top of the successful previous one. It is a Full HD 3D-capable projector that uses HDMI 1.4 interface and is intended mostly for 3D movie lovers, although it can be used for stereoscopic 3D gaming as well with a game console such as the PS3 or any other compatible solution. The projector is equipped with Sony’s Advanced Iris 3 technology which includes a contrast enhancer to maximize the dynamic contrast ratio to up to 150,000:1, brightness of over 1,100 ANSI lumens and also supports 2D to 3D autoconversion. it is also expected to be available in October when probably we are also going to have more specifications about the device.

Lastly there is also the new 15.5-inch Sony VAIO S Series laptop which is interesting because of the the optional VGP-FL3D15A ‘glasses-free’ 3D panel. This extra accessory is available as an option for VAIO S Series models configured with Blu-ray Disc drive, that you can apparently attache to the laptop’s LCD display and make it into an autostereoscopic 3D one (no glasses required to see the 3D effect). Not much details go about the accessory yet, but apparently when used you can also use the laptop web camera face face tracking to optimize the 3D experience you are getting. Of course since the laptop is intended as a light and portable solution, stereo 3D gaming is not recommended here with the present AMD Radeon HD 6630M discrete graphics apart from the integrated Intel one. The stereo 3D capabilities the laptop gets with the optional accessory are more like for multimedia use such as 3D video and movie watching and for previewing 3D photos. Especially considering the fact that the 2D resolution of the laptop’s screen is Full HD, although in stereo 3D mode it will be reduced, the added extra performance need for rendering two frames for the 3D output will be quite demanding. Again, just like all other products mentioned above, this one should also be available on the market in October.

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More About LG’s 2D to 3D Game Conversion Engine for Smartphones

August 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Other S3D Tech

Earlier this month I’ve already mentioned in my review of the LG Optimus 3D P920 smartphone a bit about the upcoming software update that should be able to convert normal games for Android smartphones into stereoscopic 3D ones. So that when you play a game that has not been made especially for a stereo 3D capable device such as the Optimus 3D smartphone, you would be able to convert the normal 3D graphics into stereoscopic 3D one with the touch of the a button (the 3D button on the device that is). But up until recently it was not very clear what method for the conversion did LG decide to go for, especially considering the fact that they should take into account the performance that a mobile device such as this can provide. Initially I thought that the LG might go the easy road and use some sort of an autoconversion solution to make games appear with pseudo stereo 3D effect like what the 3D smartphone can already do with 2D photos and videos by automatically converting them to 3D ones. However it seems that LG has decided to go for a much better solution, although a harder one to make and support…

It seems that the “3D Game Converter” as LG calls the functionality for turning non-stereoscopic 3D games into stereo 3D ones is a solution that will function more like Nvidia’s 3D Vision, the iZ3D driver or DDD’s TriDef 3D. Or with other words it will capture the OpenGL calls and render in real time a second view with slightly different camera position in the game in order to create the stereoscopic 3D effect, or at least the company is suggesting to be like this without clearly explaining how the whole thing works exactly. Apparently there will be something like game profiles as well, again similar concept from such solutions already available for PC like the three mentioned above, with the option for the user to also create profiles by manually adjusting some settings for games that don’t yet have them already. According to LG the 3D Game Converter will be included in the first Maintenance Release (MR) of the LG Optimus 3D smartphone starting this October, the exact rollout date determined by each mobile carrier. And initially there should be optimized settings or let us call them profiles for approximately 50 2D games, with 50 more to be added by the end of the year.

LG will be demonstrating the LG Optimus 3D smartphone at the IFA 2011 trade show starting on September 2nd in Berlin (Germany) and held up until September 7th, along with their OpenGL-based 2D to 3D game conversion engine on the device, so if you happen to visit you may be able to get more information about the upcoming functionality for the device and you are welcome to share it here. One thing is for sure, having a software that allows you to turn out a normal game into a stereoscopic 3D one on your 3D-capable smartphone is a good thing especially considering the still serious lack of optimized content for such mobile devices and the presence of just a few game titles that officially support stereo 3D output. It can surely help filling the gap left due to the lack of stereo 3D capable games until more of these become available, while making LG’s 3D smartphone in some way more attractive than the devices of the competition…

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Mitsubishi is Going to be Bringing the LaserVue 3D HDTVs in Europe

August 23rd, 2011 · 6 Comments · General 3D News

Mitsubishi has had some very interesting 3D-capable products for a while now that only remained accessible in North American markets such as the company’s 3D DLP HDTVs or their newer LaserVue 3D HDTVs, but this is apparently about to change. It seems that Mitsubishi Electric is going to be bringing the 3D display products based on the innovative laser technology that the company has developed to Europe to demonstrate it during the IFA trade show in Berlin next month. This does not mean that the company will be starting to offer these products immediately to European customers, showing them during the trade show is more like for checking the level of interest both from customers and from possible partners. After all the big screen LaserVue 3D HTVTs are a high-end product and the company needs to check the market before starting to sell them, and hopefully they will, giving access to the technology to all of us living in Europe.

Also making their first appearance at IFA will be Mitsubishi’s HC9000 Advanced 3D Home Cinema Projector as well as another anticipated 3D-capable projector – the Mitsubishi HC7800 expected to be available in October. So aside from the 3D-capable LaserVue TV product line you may also want to take a look at Mitsubishi’s 3D DLP projectors that are going to be available at their booth in the trade show. The IFA 2011 Trade show in Berlin is going to be held between September 2nd and 7th and you will be able to find Mitsubishi in Hall 7.2.B, Booth 101 if you are interested in the company’s 3D-capable products that will be showcased there and of course you happen to visit IFA.

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