Jan 11 2012

News - Panasonic and NBC Team Up for Olympics in 3D

NBC will be televising the London 2012 Olympic Games in 3D this year in partnership with Panasonic. The two companies announced at CES that NBC will be relying on Panasonic technologies to produce the 3D broadcasts which will be shown in the U.S. on next-day delay. It would seem that details are still being worked out as NBC is not specifying which service providers will be carrying the 3D broadcasts, though it is probably safe to assume that Comcast will be one of them. Which Summer Olympic event would you most like to see in 3D?


The 200-plus hours of 3D coverage, to be produced by OBS and shown on next-day delay in the U.S., will use Panasonic's technology and include such eyeball-grabbing events as the pening and closing ceremonies, swimming, diving and gymnastics.

Hollywood Reporter

Jan 07 2012

News - Toshiba Announces 4K 3DTV for U.S. in Q1 2012

If LG's upcoming 84" 4K TV is too big for your living room, then Toshiba wants you to know that they have you covered. Toshiba has announced that they are planning to bring a 55" 4K 3DTV to the U.S. in the next few months. The 3D will run at a relatively measly 720p, but it will be autostereoscopic, so no glasses needed. I hadn't realized that Toshiba was already selling a similar set in Europe and Japan. Given that the price of those sets suggests that the U.S. version will run around $10,000, I am even more curious about how LG will price it's behemoth. Anyone with heavy wallets ready to make the leap to 4K this year?

Toshiba 4K

 Details were scarce and Toshiba hasn't provided a price yet, but if you're curious what other specifications might be on tap, look no further than Toshiba's existing Regza 55X3 and 55ZL2, which cost upwards of $10,000 in the aforementioned countries. You can also read our impressions of the Toshiba 55ZL2 when we saw it at IFA in September.

The Verge

Nov 21 2011

News - Tru3D Active-to-Passive 3D Polarizer Add-on Review

For those of you who have a active 3D projector and are feeling a deep yearning desire to transform it into a passive 3D projector, Tru3D has released a solution for you. For the low price of $1,499.99, the Tru3D converter automatically polarizes the light leaving the projector such that all that is required for viewing is a standard pair of polarized glasses:

The core of the Tru3D system is a single-plane polarizer. Mounted in front of a projector lens, it twists the light depending on which eyes information is displayed. On your face all you need are cheap circular polarized glasses like you stealborrow get at most 3D movie theaters. The only trick is you need a silver screen that keeps the polarization of the incoming light. This, of course, is an added cost.

HD Guru 

The folks over at HD guru have put the device through its paces and overall seemed satisfied with its results granting it 3.5 out of five hearts. Head on over to HD Guru for the full review.

Nov 11 2011

News - Sony HMZ-T1 3DTV Headset Reviewed

Sony has been showing off their Sony HMZ-T1 3DTV Headset, their modern day take on the Sony Glasstron, but now it is working its way into the hands of reviewers. I have to admit that I am pretty excited about this headset. The basic concept has intrigued me for years. I am a bit worried after seeing pictures of the device on the reviewer's head. Sporting OLED screens, I had assumed that the HMZ-T1 Headset would be relatively thin and lightweight, but instead it looks painfully bulky. Somehow the true size of the headset had never really hit me before. Getting my Xbox up and running in a game takes long enough already without trying to fit my TV to my head. Anyone else interested in strapping their TV to their head?

Before you even fire up this rig, you're going to need to spend some time fitting it. You can make it fit comfortably, but it takes effort. Sony made it super-adjustable. You can move the speakers forward and back on your head, and up and down to fit over your ears. The backside adjusts in the temples just above each ear, and in the back of the head via two extensible straps with watch-style fastener belts in the middle. The top strap is sturdier plastic, while the lower one is more flexible. A hinged pad rests on the forehead.


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