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Samsung Renews its TriDef 3D License Agreement for 3D Monitors

February 12th, 2013 · 2 Comments · General 3D News

If you were hoping that Samsung may get back to the Nvidia camp for its 3D-capable PC monitors after being the company that released the first 3D Vision-ready display and then moved to the TriDef 3D solution for providing stereoscopic 3D support on PC, you’ll might be disappointed by the news that Samsung has just renewed its license agreement to continue using DDD’s TriDef 3D software package. Samsung Electronics will continue to bundle DDD’s TriDef 3D solutions with Samsung’s lineup of 3D monitors probably for another two years, though the length of the agreement extension hasn’t been mentioned. The previous license agreement between the two companies was for a period of 2 years and was announced on 14th April, 2011 in time for the release of the Samsung SA/TA750 and SA/TA950 series of 3D monitors. It is interesting to see if Samsung will be releasing new models soon considering the company is renewing the license agreement.

Have in mind that Samsung has also licensed DDD’s 3D technology in it’s 3D HDTV products that allow Samsung to perform automatic 2D to 3D video conversion. The five-year license agreement was announced in February 2008 and involved DDD and Samsung collaborating to implement DDD’s TriDef real-time 2D to 3D conversion and 3D image processing architecture in the embedded 3D processing chip developed by Samsung for their next generation 3D HDTVs. In 2012 approximately 15 million units with DDD’s TriDef 2D to 3D conversion technology were shipped, up 67% from 2011. This brings the cumulative number of consumer devices shipped with TriDef 3D technology to more than 26 million units worldwide (this number covers all devices and not only 3D HDTVs) at the end of December 2012.

Chris Yewdall, Chief Executive of DDD has also revealed that over three million copies of the TriDef 3D software package has been shipped to date. That number probably includes the OEM versions as apart Samsung Electronics, DDD also has licensed the TriDef 3D software to AOC, HP, Lenovo, LG, Sony, Philips, Viewsonic and others though besides form Samsung most other 3D displays use passive 3D technology. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2013, DDD debuted a number of new 3D solutions aimed at the growing market for 3D mobile devices – including smartphones, tablets and personal media players. DDD expects mobile shipments to return to growth in 2013 on the back of emerging demand for tablet PCs with 3D functionality.

DDD’s TriDef 3D software is available in more than 37 languages and allows over 750 of the latest PC games to be played in stereoscopic 3D “off the shelf”, even in cases where the game has not been specifically developed to be played in stereo 3D mode. The TriDef 3D game conversion engine is compatible with DirectX 9, 10 and 11 games and is compatible with PC graphics processors from AMD, NVIDIA and Intel’s 2nd Gen Core processors. In addition to a wide variety of PC games, TriDef 3D automatically converts PC video and photo files from 2D to 3D and is compatible with the growing library of original 3D content available from DDD’s Yabazam! 3D content portal.

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Samsung’s New WB750 Digital Camera Gets a 3D Panorama Mode

September 1st, 2011 · No Comments · General 3D News

As if not to be left out behind, Samsung is also joining in other big names in the digital camera market that are introducing software 3D photo features to their compact digital cameras that do not feature dual lens and sensors to make them true 3D cameras. The upcoming Samsung WB750 comes with a 12.5 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, features an 18x optical zoom with both optical and digital stabilization, 3-inch LCD display ad packs that all in a compact device that can easily fit in your pocket. And there are some extra features that might be interesting for a lot of users, like Full HD video capture, high-speed shooting mode, easy HDR photography mode and of course the 3D Panorama functionality that seems to be the most interesting part if you are into stereoscopic 3D technology. Of course there is nothing much different here as compared to everyone else already supporting similar functionality on their 2D digital cameras, and since the WB750 camera also does not feature a 3D screen, it has an HDMI 1.4 interface that you can use to connect it to a 3D HDTV and preview the 3D photos on it.

So you will have yet another option to get a 2D camera with some capabilities of making 3D photos, it seems that this 3D photo functionality is very soon going to become a standard feature. But I’m still wondering why we are not seeing more true 3D-capable digital cameras that use two sensors to capture the two separate images needed for the left and right eye at the same time in order to produce more convincing stereoscopic 3D effect. Still it seems that digital camera makers are interested in adding 3D functionality to their products, they are just taking the easier and cheaper way to do it for now. But yo should be well aware of the fact that these software based 3D photo modes that require you to move the camera and automatically build the 3D photo based on multiple pictures taken are far from perfect. They don’t always offer the same level of depth as a real 3D digital camera can and they are also not able to shoot well scenes with moving objects as well as movies due to the apparent limitations of the implementation used to create the 3D image. So don’t be easily fooled tat getting a digital camera with some sort of a software 3D photo functionality will be the same as getting a real 3D digital camera, although there are still not that much of these available on the market.

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Is Samsung Also Preparing a 3D-capable Smartphone or Not?

July 26th, 2011 · 3 Comments · Other S3D Tech

Lately there are a lot of rumors going around that Samsung is also working on a 3D smartphone in order to compete with the already available on the market 3D devices from HTC and LG. It is true that Samsung needs to offer an alternative for users interested in 3D support on their smartphone and the current user interest in HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D is quite big, even though the currently available 3D content for these devices is still somewhat lacking. Samsung cannot leave its main competitors in the smartphone business get too much ahead with the stereoscopic 3D support, so the company will probably have something to show soon. But the big question is if it will be pretty much the same in terms of functionality and 3D features as what is already available from HTC and LG or the company will go further and offer something new and better…

The currently available 3D smartphones have set the level high by offering a decent autostereoscopic 3D display, both in terms of image quality and resolution as well as number of viewing positions provided in 3D mode. They also offer a decent resolution and quality for the 3D photos and 3D videos that the users can record with the devices, and then there is also the HDMI 1.4 support for outputting 3D content from the smartphone on a bigger 3D display such as a 3D HDTV. What else can Samsung offer besides these already available features? So it is more likely that Samsung will try to improve on the specifications of their device as compared to the competition, for example better quality and resolution photos and videos by the 3D camera, faster processor, more viewing angles for the 3D display etc.

On the other hand the thing that needs the most attention and that continues to be kind of ignored by most smartphone manufacturers is the battery and the battery life that such a powerful device can offer to the users. It is nice to have 3D features, but if you have to charge your smartphone once or even two times a day just to use them, you won’t be very happy, as after all this device is also a phone. I’m not sure if you’ve payed enough attention to that fact, but the LG Optimus 3D has an official talk time of just up to 4 hours with a 1500 mAh battery, the HTC EVO 3D is a bit better probably thanks to the use of a higher capacity battery that is 1730 mAh and it gets you about 7.5 hours of talk time by specs.

We’ll have to wait a bit more to see what Samsung will do, but the company will most likely start offering their own 3D solution pretty soon in order not to be left behind by their competition. And a Samsung Galaxy 3D phone built on top of the Samsung Galaxy S II platform or a similar one may turn out to be a really good thing. Let’s wait and see… it probably won’t be long.

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