We await two potentially seminal technology events this week — Verizon's official debut of LTE on Dec. 5 and the release of Avatar on 3D Blu-ray (so far available only with the past or present purchase of a Panasonic 3D HDTV). Each should presage a new age in their respective next-gen standards. Cellphones with 4G should be all the rage in about a year — perhaps the long-rumored Verizon iPhone will be LTE. But the eventual release of Avatar 3D may be too late to save 3D HDTV, especially the way Best Buy is — or, more appropriately, is not — selling it. See how Best Buy is bah, humbugging 3D HDTV after the jump.
Samsung is at the forefront of digital displays again. This time, the company is toying around with using flexible displays to make 3D movies really jump off the screen.
One area where 3D seems ready to take off is in the handheld and portable space. Whereas current, mass-market 3D TVs require you don those wearisome glasses, portable units only need to worry about a single viewer and can skip the specs. Now, one company wants to deliver 3D to the iPad and make it as simple as possible.
The thing about enjoying 3D at home is that it really depends greatly on your screen size. The larger your 3D TV is, the better your 3D viewing experience will be, mainly because a bigger screen will create the illusion that you are immersed in the third dimension. Panasonic's gone ahead and added 3D to its too-large-for-most-people 103-inch plasma TV.
Samsung called and they want to let you know that your Full HD 1080p 3D TV is looking a little aged. The Korean electronics giant has what looks to be the world's first 70-inch 3D TV with a blistering resolution that is twice that of 1080p. We want to vomit in glee right now.
The University of Arizona's Professor Nasser Peyghambarian is hard at work making moving holograms a reality. In fact, he's pretty darn close. That begs the question — could the next big format war be between 3D displays and holographic ones?
Gee I wonder why ESPN 3D is not making any money at all. Could it be that hardly anyone has a 3DTV? Perhaps it's because no one wants to wear those silly glasses after all? How about how expensive it is just to get a 3D rig up and running?
No one wants to wear 3D glasses. The industry knows this, and Nintendo has only made the point more prominent with the universal excitement for its 3DS in the face of hesitation for 3D in general. Early adopters will scoop up the glasses-required sets, but when can you and I expect to enjoy some three-dee?
The primary stumbling block to 3D television taking off among consumers may have finally been conquered with the debut of Toshiba's new naked eye 3D television system.
In a bid to jumpstart sales of its new 3D televisions, Panasonic has launched a promotion that combines augmented reality with the iPhone, and the result is possibly more interesting than their televisions will ever be.