The entire entertainment industry sees 3D as the next big thing, but one issue holding it back is it's difficult to produce. Typically, you need to shoot footage with two different cameras (or at least two different lenses) simultaneously. Even with today's sophisticated systems, that's a tall order. But is there a way to get good 3D material from a single lens? One Canadian company says yes.
OLED is a difficult technology to make in large screen sizes, which is why there are only a couple of small-size OLED sets available today. But if this 31-inch prototype set from LG is any indication, when those big screen sizes come, the results will be hot, hot, hot.
In recent times movie theaters and television manufacturers have been banking on 3D, often with horrible results, but a new system that offers "touchable 3D" could be the virtual answer we've all been hoping for.
Last year, Fujifilm broke new ground with its FinePix W1, which had everything you needed to capture 3D video in a point-and-shoot camera. The follow-up model, the just-announced FinePix W3, upgrades the experience to HD, while also providing an easy way to watch your 3D flicks on a big screen.
With just the flip of a switch (and a student to lug it around), UC Berkeley's laser-scanner-studded backpack automatically creates 3D maps of the world around it. Walking down a hall? While that's going on, a digital replica of said hallway is showing up on a computer.
Sharp isn't exactly a household name when it comes to cellphones, but they're looking to change that later this year with a new 3D smartphone that doesn't require 3D glasses.
It's a question that's only come up recently, in the age of touchscreens and 3D: how do you manipulate a virtual 3D object via a 2D touchscreen?
The seemingly never-ending search for a 3D display without those cumbersome glasses goes on, and here's the latest: the AquaLux 3D system projects images onto numerous layers of water droplets. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have it tweaked up so well, you can play multileveled Tetris on it.
This morning DirecTV activated its 3D channel lineup, consisting of three channels: one for movies, one for on-demand programming and a "general" 3D channel called n3D. This is in addition to ESPN 3D, which launched in June and has been showing some World Cup games in 3D. So what's on those other channels?
Aiptek has the perfect companion to the i2, its 3D camcorder: a seven-inch 3D photo frame. You won't need to wear glasses to see the 3D effect, either. What you will need, of course, is 3D pictures. You got some of those, right? No?