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3D News Roundup (No.2) – Subetha

3D News Roundup (No.2)

 

Sky First to Broadcast Sporting Event in 3D

 

As part of Sky’s preparations to launch its first 3D broadcast channel for launch this April it broadcast last weekend’s Arsenal v Manchester United premiership clash in 3D to nine pubs around the UK. Following on from that they are showing a Rugby game this weekend in pubs located in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin.

BBC Newsbeat covered the event from one of the pubs and got the feedback of the footy fans. You can find the video and article over on the newsbeat site. I can’t help wonder how many people will have 3D sets by April and how much extra revenue the pubs in the UK will make from screening all the sport in 3D until the consumer catches up.

 

The PC gets its share of 3D as well

 

The succinctly named Alienware OptX AW2310 looks awesome and probably is with a $499 price tag, oh and of course you will need a PC and graphics card to match and the Nvidia GeForce 3D vision kit (i.e. a pair of glassed) for a further $199. What a bargain, not. Still its early days and since there’s pretty much no 3D game content out there it would seem hard to justify buying one until they come down in price.

    

And for the Seriously Rich

 

Gizmodo have a review up of Panasonic’s 152-inch plasma TV, its 152 inches with a 4k by 2k resolution (yes that’s 4096 x 2160) and 3D support. Looks like an awesome piece of kit but no mention of a price. Something tells me you won’t have enough pennies in the piggy bank for it though! You will probably need the air conditioning to carry all the heat output away. Hop on over to Gizmodo for the full breakdown.

 

Want to make your own 3D video?Hop

 

Well now you can thanks to Panasonic, only if you have $21,000 to spare though. The camera was unveiled at CES and is the first step in making 3D recording truly portable and also allows for image adjustments to be made within the camera unlike the traditional methods that require external processing to move the convergence point etc. As you may expect the output can be stored on memory cards, optical disk or HDD. I’m pretty sure this will be snapped up by film companies and content producers when it hits the streets but it’s going to be a little while before you and I see the technology available for the wider consumer market, or will it…

 

What about 3D stills cameras?

 

Fujifilm to the rescue! Yes that’s right you can now go out and get a 3D stills camera in the US but wait, it’s not quite what you would be expecting. The camera uses a technology that requires no glasses to see the 3D effect, instead the screens do the magic for you. What this does mean is that you can only view the photos on the screen built into the camera or the optional picture viewer sold separately, I have heard rumours of a software component that will let you view them on standard 3D screens with glasses but that’s not confirmed. Oh it also does video as well so I guess the $21,000 camera above just dropped right off all your wish lists. The camera will also take separate 2D images with different settings on each of its lenses, for example one tele and one wide angle with a single press of the shoot button.

 

No Glasses Required!

 

Lots of companies are working on 3D screens that don’t require viewers to wear special glasses however this is the first sign I have seen that the technology could come to a cinema. The Singapore company Sunny Ocean Studios is hard at work marketing its 27 inch monitor with an optical system that requires no glasses to watch, it allows 3D viewing from 64 different perspectives, a good start I would say. They have moved on and are now developing the worlds first 3D cinema that will need no glasses. This must be the future, this whole glasses thing is annoying so the next question is; to early adopt or not? Personally I can’t see any point until the ensuing format war looks likely to end. What do you think?

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