Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Like Us on Facebook

Technabob is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Disclosure.

Marvel 3D Converter Turns 2D Video into Marvelous Anaglyphic 3D

 |  |  |  |  |  |  November 23, 2011


For those of us who purchased TVs without 3D capabilities, there’s pretty much not been a way to watch 3D content on these sets without buying a whole new set. This $60 gadget aims to change that, if not is a somewhat unusual way.

TVs require not just a higher scan rate to display content in 3D, but special built-in hardware to decode and handle 3D signals. However, Marvel Digital’s 3D converter box lets users of non-3D televisions watch content in 3D using old-school anaglyphic 3D technology. Instead of red and blue glasses, Marvel uses amber and blue glasses to view 3D content.

marvel_digital_3d_converter

Now before you get all excited about watching that Avatar 3D Blu-ray disc on your older TV, it looks like this box can either produce simulated 3D visuals – from 2D sources, as well as display any content that’s in 3D “side-by-side” format. I’m pretty sure Blu-ray discs are encoded in sequential format, so those probably won’t work, but I suppose you could give it a whirl if your disc player supports 3D. On the plus side, DirecTV and XBox 360’s standard 3D format is “side-by-side,” so you should be able to watch this content in 3D.

In addition to supporting analglyphic 3D, the box will also work with proper 3D TVs (and passive or active shutter lenses) to simulate 3D from 2D content, but many sets already offer this capability. To use the 3D converter box, simply place it inline with your HDMI connected device, and it should take care of the rest for you. It offers full support for HDMI 1.1 through 1.4 specs, and can pass-through 1080p HD video. Keep in mind that “side-by-side” 3D cuts resolution in half, though.

I’m tempted to order one of these just to see how well it works, since my TV doesn’t support 3D. Priced at just 60 bucks, it’s not much of a risk. If you’re interested in giving it a whirl for yourself, you can order the 3D converter box from Marvel Digital.



Rusty Wrench Restoration

Rusty Wrench Restoration

The Popcorn Pipe Organ

The Popcorn Pipe Organ

Impossible Dovetail Cutting Board

Impossible Dovetail Cutting Board

VonMercier Arosa Sports Hovercraft Looks Like a Floating Hypercar

VonMercier Arosa Sports Hovercraft Looks Like a Floating Hypercar

Bronco Replacement Hard Top Availability Improves, Shipments to Resume

Bronco Replacement Hard Top Availability Improves, Shipments to Resume

CUPRA UrbanRebel Concept Is a Badass Electric Hot Hatch

CUPRA UrbanRebel Concept Is a Badass Electric Hot Hatch

Advertisement