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BenQ W1070 1080p 3D-capable Sub $1000 USD Projector

December 5th, 2012 · 8 Comments · General 3D News

Up until recently the affordable 1080p 3D-capable consumer projectors were considered to go for about $1500 USD, but it seems that BenQ is trying to bring the price range even lower to a $1000 USD level with their new BenQ W1070 1080p 3D DLP projector. The projector is appearing on the North American market with a price of $999 USD (hence the sub $1000) and in Europe you should be able to find it for less than 900 Euro. Aside from the W1070 version, BenQ also has a short throw model called W1080ST with the same specifications as the W1070 including 3D support, but with a short-throw lens. Of course the price of the W1080ST will be over $1000 USD, more like $1299 when it becomes available in the beginning of 2013. Both models are going to be interesting because of their affordable price among the home users with more limited budgets that want to be able to play Full HD 3D movies at home and even be able to play games in stereo 3D mode at 720p resolution. The lower resolution for stereo 3D gaming is caused by the fact that these 3D-capable projectors from BenQ are based around HDMI 1.4 frame packaging, though they apparently will also support Frame Sequential, Top-Bottom and Side-by-Side 3D modes across most interfaces. Both projectors are also officially compatible with Nvidia’s 3DTV Play software (using HDMI 1.4), but not officially compatible with 3D Vision (though up to 1280×800 the projector should be supported in frame sequential mode with up to 120Hz), so you will not be able to use the 3D Vision active shutter glasses and will need to go for DLP Link ones (not included in the standard price of the projector).

BenQ W1070/W1080ST 3D Projector Specifications:

– Projection System: DLP
– Native Resolution: 1080p (1920×1080)
– Brightness: 2000 ANSI Lumen
– Contrast Ratio: 10000:1
– Display Color: 1.07 Billion Colors
– Lens of W1070: F=2.59-2.87, f=16.88-21.88mm
– Lens of W1080ST: F= 2.6-2.78, f=10.2-12.24mm
– Throw Ratio of W1070: 1.15-1.5 (79″ @ 2 meters)
– Throw Ratio of W1080ST: 0.69-0.83 (65.7″@ 1 meter)
– Image Size (Diagonal): 40″-235″ for W1070
– Image Size (Diagonal): 40″-300″ for W1080ST
– Aspect Ratio: Native 16:9 (5 aspect ratio selectable)
– Zoom Ratio: 1.3:1 for W1070 and 1.2:1 for W1080ST
– Lamp Type: 240W
– Lamp Life (Normal/Economic Mode/SmartEco Mode): 3500/5000/6000 hours
– Audible Noise: 33/30 dBA (Normal/Economic mode)
– Weight: 2.65 Kg for W1070 and 2.85 Kg for W1080ST

If you are looking for a 3D-capable projector that is going to be used mostly for gaming and the 1080p mode is not a requirement, then you might want to check out the BenQ W700 or W710ST (short throw version). These two are 720p 3D DLP projectors that use HDMI 1.3 interface and support 3D over frame sequential mode only, they are official 3D Vison ready devices that can be used with either 3D Vision active shutter glasses or DLP Link ones. The new BenQ W1070/W1080ST models support 1080p 3D mode only at 24Hz which is good for 3D movies, but not for gaming in stereo 3D mode, so even with them you will have to get down to 720p resolution. And using the HDMI 1.4 frame packaging mode for the 3D instead of frame sequential mode tends to increase the input lag and that is something you’d want to avoid as much as possible when talking about gaming.

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TEDxGoldenGatePark at The de Young Museum in Stereo 3D

November 30th, 2012 · 2 Comments · 3D Movies & Videos

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TEDx GoldenGatePark was held on Wednesday October 10th, 2012 in The de Young Museum in San Francisco. TEDxGoldenGatePark is an experience with thought leaders from around the Bay Area talking about the pursuit of their passion…

The Pursuit of Passion – This one day event focuses on the fire that drives people to pursue their passion. It is about the resolve one finds within themselves to follow their heart and intuition even when faced with challenges, rejection, lack of support, or even outright failure. It is about identifying and connecting with your true passion in a sustainable and meaningful way.

And thanks to Golden Gate 3D and Area 5 who shot TEDxGoldenGatePark in stereo 3D we now have what is pretty much the world’s first TED talks in stereoscopic 3D available to be watched for free on YouTube. You can find the links for the 2D and 3D playlists containing all the talks from the event in either normal 2D format or stereoscopic 3D one. You can switch to different 3D mode from the YouTube player depending on what type of 3D display device you have.

To watch TEDx GoldenGatePark in plain 2D mode…
To watch TEDx GoldenGatePark in stereoscopic 3D format…

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Tiger Cam, a Kickstarter Project for a 3D Microscope

November 13th, 2012 · No Comments · General 3D News

Tiger Cam might not be as revolutionary and as interesting as the Oculus Rift for everyone, but it is still something to take a look at if you are interested in all things stereoscopic 3D. Tiger Cam is a stereo 3D microscope using two 720p CMOS camera sensors to provide you with a seriously zoomed up view (roughly 100 times zoom on a 30-inch TV) of the object you are looking at with the device. Lately the USB digital microscope products are becoming widely available and very affordable, so why not have a nifty gadget like that being able to output stereo 3D image and not just 2D? This is pretty much the idea behind the Tiger Cam, though currently the impression that the device leaves is that it is intended to be used more like a fun toy by kids.

It is interesting to note that the Tiger Cam 3D microscope is designed to use its own pair of universal active 3D shutter glasses that can be used with pretty much any TV set (no need to have a 3D HDTV), including even older CRT TVs. This means that the you’ll be getting half of the TV’s framerate per eye, which should be enough as you will not be having much of a movement when using a microscope anyway, that is if this works out well enough. I’d love to see an HDMI 1.4 version or a USB version that is also capable of recording the 3D images on a PC easily as this may help in moving the product further away of the “toy”-type of product to something that might be interesting for grownups as well. If you like the idea and want to support the Kickstarter project for the Tiger Cam 3D microscope you are welcome to do so, with a $99 USD pledge you can get one of the first Tiger Cams to hit the market maybe sometime in may next year if the project fulfills the set goal of $160K USD which is still far off.

For more information about the Tiger Cam 3D microscope project at Kickstarter…

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