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?
Adding to the list of why 3D TVs are annoying: glasses that work with, say, a Panasonic TV won't work with a Samsung TV and vice versa. Monster's new Vision Max 3D glasses aim to fix that by working with any manufacturer's 3D TV.
Nintendo just unveiled its previously-announced newest handheld console at E3, and its got a pretty cool trick up its sleeve: 3D that doesn't require you to wear glasses.
The current crop of 3D TVs are pretty neat, I guess, but they all share a common dealbreaker: those stupid glasses. Nobody wants to pay for them and nobody wants to wear them. Can 3D survive them?
3D may be the hottest topic in home video, but unless you have $21k to splurge on Panasonic's fancy new camcorder, your 3D home video-making options are going to be pretty limited. Now, however, Taiwan's Aiptek has announced its own...