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We at SPECIAL AWESOME are keeping this blog up to date with all the exciting news coming in the world of 3D with special attention to small screens, mobile, consumer devices, and of course - AUTOSTEREOSCOPIC (glasses free). Please dig deep, so much is happening that articles of monumental importance quickly fall down the list into obscurity. Interested in Apple 3D? The latest on touch-screen 3D hand-held devices? Intel 3D? Nokia 3D? ESPN? It's all here and more.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sony HDR-TD10 hits the market

We've been watching the development of the consumer 3D camcorders for a while now. Panasonic were the first with a prototype and their entry into the market has been a long time coming now. Sony have quietly been developing their device as part of their stated commitment to 3D on all screens and platforms, now with the Sony 3d camcorder.

Sony HDR-TD10 3D camcorder

Thursday, July 7, 2011

4.5 stars for new LG 3DTV with passive display system

All I can say is: FINALLY.

At NAB when 3D was really new and all the rage there were all sorts of PASSIVE 3DTVs being shown - the models from JVC were amazing. It all looked bright and sunny for the future of 3D in the home, and then.... All the big electronics manufactures started bringing out ACTIVE 3D TV systems. Those of us in the know were aghast - the active shutter glass system is, and has always been inferior. The logic I believe, was that the active systems could be inexpensively retrofit to the new generation of high refresh sets, thus getting a jump on the 3D bandwagon without making it a vanity product with an unreasonable pricetag. This would (presumably) give them time to reduce the manufacturing costs of the superior passive system sets - passive is like you see in the RealD theaters - inexpensive lightweight plastic glasses with polarizing filters in each lens. Whatever the reasons were, we are finally emerging from the active systems days. This set of reviews show consumers' opinions of the new LG screen - and the feedback is excellent. A pricetag of $1600 is not bad either.

(link to consumer opinions) 4.5 STARS FOR LG 55LW5600

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Nintendo 3DS video content

(from the 3DS Wiki)

Video content

The system also has 3D movie and video playback capability. Nintendo has made deals with Warner Bros, Disney, and DreamWorks to deliver 3D movies.[91] Although no titles have been announced yet, the trailers for DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon, Warner Bros' Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, and Disney’s film Tangled were shown on the 3DS during the E3 Expo.[92] On September 29, 2010, Nintendo of Japan announced that it will be partnering with Fuji TV and other Japanese broadcasters to distribute free 3D videos to Japanese Nintendo 3DS owners.[93][94] On January 19, 2011, Nintendo of Europe announced at their press conference that they will be partnering with EuroSport and Sky 3D to bring content to the Nintendo 3DS at a later date in 2011. Richard Goleszowski is also locked to bring exclusive 3D episodes of Shaun the Sheep to European Nintendo 3DS market by the end of the year. During the 2011 Game Developers Conference, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime announced that the Nintendo 3DS will support live streaming from Netflix.[95] Also at the same conference, Nintendo announced a short-form video service for the Nintendo 3DS. This channel will offer a wide variety of video content, from comedy to music, all curated by Nintendo.[96] As part of an initial firmware update for the system, Nintendo 3DS systems in North America include the 3D version of the music video for "White Knuckles" from OK Go.[97]