Yes, 3D TVs are cool, but until you have shows that you can watch on them, they are somewhat useless. It looks like Sony and two Japanese broadcasters, Fuji and SkyPerfectTV, are set to launch the world’s first 3D TV series.
One of the more interesting little finds I saw over at CES was this gadget which claims to convert any of your 2D content into 3D on the fly.
The VideoEFX takes content from your 2D video sources and instantaneously converts it into 3D for viewing on 3D-enabled sets.
If you are the early adopter sort, you know being the first to get your hands on a gadget that is the world’s first this-or-that is never cheap, and often that stuff you pay out the nose for just doesn’t work like you expect.
3D is all fine and good in my book, but I, like many of you, won’t get into 3D in my home until I can watch without those stupid glasses. I like the idea of being able to take 3D video and 3D pictures too, but again I don’t want to break out my wallet until no glasses are needed and I can actually view the pics off the computer or camera.
When we first started to hear about 3D TV in the home, I had an idea that the companies would be using active glasses not because they were better than passive, but because they could share more to users for the tech than they could for passive glasses.
There are already remote-controlled robots out there that allow an operator to control robotic arms using their own hands. Doctors are even using such technologies to perform remote surgery. But this is the first time I’ve seen a robotic arm that can be controlled simply through gestures.
Amazingly, this beautiful 3D printer was built by some guy named Jim in New York. Just like normal printers, 3D printers allow you to print stuff but in 3D. No glasses required! Although this seems straight out of science fiction, the technology has been used since 2003 in the manufacturing segment.
I only have a semi-smartphone, so every time I see Google Maps being used on a smartphone I feel like I’m looking at the future. You literally have a map of the world in your pocket, and you can even discover new landmarks with zero effort.
If you have one of those cool Panasonic Lumix G2 micro four-thirds digital cameras with interchangeable lenses, a new firmware has landed. The upgrade adds a really cool new feature to the camera if you buy the sweet Panasonic H-FT012 3D lens that surfaced a few months back.
How’d you like it if you could turn your iPhone into a glasses-free 3D display?
By using an old-school technique with a half-silvered mirror placed at a 45-degree angle, along with a special app, the i3DG Palm Top Theater turns your iPhone or iPodTouch into a 3D display.