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IOGEAR 3D Complete+ 4-Port HDMI Switcher with 2D/3D Video Processor

June 28th, 2012 · 2 Comments · General 3D News

The company IOGEAR is not new to 3D-capable products and more importantly to interesting and innovative such ones, you may remember their wireless 3D video streaming product. Now they’ve just announced another interesting device that centers around a 4-port HDMI switcher with some interesting 3D capabilities as extra. The device called 3D Complete+ comes with a built-in 2D to 3D autoconversion functionality, allowing you to convert pretty much any 2D source with HDMI output into stereoscopic 3D, though mind you it is still an automatic conversion, so it will not be as good as good real stereo 3D content being played back on a 3D-capable display. There isn’t a lot of information regarding the 2D to 3D conversion algorithm being used or what results should you expect, this is something that needs testing, but the interesting thing is that the user has control over not only the strength of the simulated 3D effect, but also on the level of depth and pop-out.

Furthermore the IOGEAR 3D Complete+ features some built-in video enhancement functionality intended to improve the quality of the content you are watching using the device, especially when playing back more seriously compressed video from Internet or and SD video that can be upscaled 480i/p to 720p HD and 720p to FULL HD 1080p). Support for de-interlacing, bad light correction and adaptive sharpening as well as de-blocking and noise reduction are among the built-in video enhancement function available with the device and apparently you have the ability to see a split-screen before and after image with and without the image enhancements active (you can disable them of course). But the extra functionality that doesn’t get that much attention in this device is the ability to output 3D content in “Page Flip” or “Frame Sequential” format intended for use with “3D Ready” (3D DLP) projectors connected as output 3D device. The device itself features HDMI 1.4 support for 3D content and you should be able to feed it with HDMI 1.4 frame packaged content from lets say a Blu-ray 3D player and output the 3D in frame sequential or page flipped format on a 3D DLP projector that does not feature HDMI 1.4 support. This extra functionality makes the IOGEAR 3D Complete+ even more attractive solution for people looking for an adapter to allow them to get HDMI 1.4 support on their earlier 3D-capable DLP projectors that don’t have hardware support for it.

The IOGEAR 3D Complete+ has an MSRP of $199.95 USD and should soon be available. The only problem with this device in particular as well as with all other IOGEAR products is that aside from North America they are not that easy to find elsewhere…

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Wireless 3D Video Streaming with IOGEAR’s Wireless 3D Digital Kit

November 14th, 2011 · 5 Comments · General 3D News

If you wanted to be able to stream 3D video in Full HD resolution in your home wirelessly, then you’ve probably had a hard time figuring out how to do it. But now there is a dedicated solution capable of streaming 1080p 3D video along with multichannel 5.1 audio that should probably make your life easier, coming from IOGEAR, in the form of a product called Wireless 3D Digital Kit (GW3DHDKIT). The Wireless 3D Digital Kit consists of a transmitter and receiver, together with a remote control and it allow you to stream SD, HD or 3D content from standard HDMI enabled devices. The streaming device is compatible with Blu-ray and DVD players, DVR/set-top boxes, game consoles and computers supporting stereoscopic 3D output in HDMI 1.4 frame packaged format and it is also HDCP 2.0 compliant.

IOGEAR Wireless 3D Digital Kit should allow you to literally hide your video playback devices while still having them fully functional, a great help in creating a floating HDTV setup for example. And besides the wireless transmission of the video and audio to a HDTV set that is somewhere nearby, you also have the option to connect a second TV with an HDMI cable directly to the device and have both screens display the same content, but in different rooms. You can also have two different input devices connected to the transmitter and you are able to switch the input between them with the remote control. And you can also take advantage of controlling your playback devices via their remote control with no direct line of sight thanks to the IR pass-through function that will transmit the infrared commands from the receiver to the transmitter and to the playback device.

The Wireless 3D Digital Kit is relying on the 5GHz wireless spectrum due to the need of higher bandwidth for HD and especially 3D video and is intended for home usage, but due to the higher operating frequency the range is somewhat more limited, so you get up to about 30 meters (100 feet) usable range for the wireless video transmission to work properly (can vary depending on the type of obstacles in front to the signal). The expected latency of the transmitted signal is less than 1 millisecond, so the delay would be minimal. The initial availability of the Wireless 3D Digital Kit is somewhat limited, with a recommended price of the device of $379.95 USD, and with a wide availability on the US market expected by the end of the year. If you don’t live in the US, then you might have some trouble getting a hold of this device as the presence of IOGEAR in other countries is quite limited.

If you need more information about IOGEAR’s Wireless 3D Digital Kit…

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