3D Hologram Projector Chip

Star Wars-like 3D projectors may be coming to smartphones sooner than you think

By on June 3, 2014 at 6:00 PM.

Star Wars-like 3D projectors may be coming to smartphones sooner than you think

Earlier this year, we revealed that Amazon is working on a phone that uses multiple cameras to make its screen look 3D. While this may sound like something that will bring us one step closer to Star Wars–esque holograms, it will be much different because the 3D image would clearly be under the phone’s display. However, one company from California is working to go a step further, and according to a profile by the Wall Street Journal, we may see its 3D projector that can fit into smartphones and living rooms as soon as the end of next year. More →

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Oculus Rift D-Day 3D Landings

Video: Awesome D-Day project lets you explore WW2 tech in 3D with Oculus Rift

By on May 27, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

Video: Awesome D-Day project lets you explore WW2 tech in 3D with Oculus Rift

French 3D company Dassault Systemes has created an awesome virtual universe to mark the anniversary of the June 6, 1944 “D-Day” landings and the technology that made them possible, VentureBeat reports. The huge project allows users to explore historical places and equipment from that era by using a virtual reality headset such as the Oculus Rift. More →

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3Doodler Launch

Incredible $99 handheld 3D printer coming soon to a store near you

By on January 7, 2014 at 6:30 PM.

Incredible $99 handheld 3D printer coming soon to a store near you

3D printing has been a huge deal for businesses for some time now, but consumers are just  beginning to get a taste of this amazing new technology thanks to a new wave of more affordable devices. MakerBot announced a very cool new consumer-grade 3D printer during this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show, but it still costs $1,375, which means it’s probably only a good buy for people with a real need for 3D model printing. But those looking to simply dabble with the exciting emerging tech will soon have a nearby option in the form of WobbleWorks’ 3Doodler. More →

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MakerBot Replicator Mini

MakerBot unveils an awesome 3D printer you can actually afford

By on January 7, 2014 at 1:39 PM.

MakerBot unveils an awesome 3D printer you can actually afford

The king of 3D printing has a new mission: bring its exciting technology to the masses. Stratasys-owned MakerBot unveiled a new 3D printer from the International Consumer Electronics Show this week and it could very well bring 3D printing to an entirely new base of customers. Dubbed the Replicator Mini, MakerBot’s new box uses the same corn-based plastic material as its professional printers but it is much smaller and more affordable. It’s also remarkably simple, as noted by MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis. More →

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Stratasys 3D Printing Analysis

The king of 3D printing

The king of 3D printing

By on December 10, 2013 at 2:05 PM.

3D printing is reshaping industries, especially manufacturing, as companies look to cut costs and make their own parts. Boeing has said it is using 3D printing to create more than 20,000 airplane components, and hopes to make wings one day using 3D printers. Stratasys is at the forefront of the industry, and it’s only poised to get bigger. More →

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Why Sony’s decision to stop pushing 3D gaming on its users is the right call

Why Sony’s decision to stop pushing 3D gaming on its users is the right call

By on October 1, 2012 at 10:05 PM.

PlayStation 3D Gaming

After years of trying to push 3D gaming onto PlayStation 3 users, Sony (SNE) is finally waking up and realizing nobody really cared or wanted the added depth. Speaking with Eurogamer, Sony’s UK vice president and marketing director Fergal Gara said that “it’s fair to say consumers have decided it’s not hugely important at this time. It’s a capability we’ve got. It may have a bigger life a little further down the line.” Gara blamed 3D’s failure to explode in the living room on two factors: wearing 3D glasses is a hassle and watching 3D at home is not a focused viewing experience as it is in a theater because of all the distractions from other devices such as tablets.

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See-through 3D computer with gesture controls gives us a glimpse of the future [video]

See-through 3D computer with gesture controls gives us a glimpse of the future [video]

By on March 28, 2012 at 10:40 AM.

Some believe a future full of massive, gesture-controlled computer displays like the ones seen in Twentieth Century Fox’s Minority Report are an inevitability, and a prototype PC designed by an intern with the Microsoft Applied Sciences Group may be among the first steps in making that future a reality. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D student and MIT Media Lab research assistant Jinha Lee recently set out to change the way we interact with desktop computers. While progress has been made with 3D display technology, 3D has not yet proliferated in the personal computing space and Lee wants to change that. The end result of his work is a fascinating desktop computer with a transparent 3D display and a unique gesture-based interface that could change the way we use computers. More →

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Sony Ericsson announces 3D-capable Xperia arc S

Sony Ericsson announces 3D-capable Xperia arc S

By on September 1, 2011 at 3:15 AM.

Sony officially announced the Xperia arc S, a high-end Android smartphone, during the IFA trade show in Berlin on Wednesday. The Xperia arc S is equipped with a 1.4GHz processor, the ability to shoot 3D and 3D panorama pictures, 8GB of storage, an 8.1-megapixel camera and a 4.3-inch Reality display with an 854 x 480-pixel resoluteness. The handset runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and has access to Sony’s Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited storefronts. Sony did not provide pricing details for the Xperia arc S but said the phone will be available in select global markets during the fourth quarter of this year in white, blue, silver, black and pink. Read on for the full press release. More →

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Flame red Nintendo 3DS landing September 9th for $169.99

Flame red Nintendo 3DS landing September 9th for $169.99

By on August 11, 2011 at 4:01 AM.

Nintendo announced Wednesday that it will launch a “flame red” version of its Nintendo 3DS on September 9th. The portable gaming system will launch in tandem with the new Star Fox 64 3D game and will be available for the new $169.99 price, which goes into effect on August 12th. “With major upcoming releases in the Star Fox, Pokémon and Mario series, in addition to downloadable offerings from Nintendo eShop, Nintendo Video and Netflix, the system offers new and fun experiences to owners on a daily basis,” Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said. Nintendo has sold 830,000 3DS units in the U.S. since its March 27th launch. Super Mario Land 3D is expected to hit store shelves in November and Mario Kart 7 will be available in December. Read on for the full press release. More →

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LG Thrill 4G hitting AT&T in ‘coming weeks’ for $99.99

LG Thrill 4G hitting AT&T in ‘coming weeks’ for $99.99

By on July 25, 2011 at 6:35 PM.

AT&T has confirmed with BGR that it will launch the LG Thrill 4G “in the coming weeks” for $99.99. The Thrill 4G will be the second smartphone with a 3D display to land in the United States, and it features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of storage, the ability to record 1080p video in 2D or 720p video in 3D, a forward-facing camera for video chat and 512MB of RAM. AT&T has also included several pre-loaded 3D games including Asphalt 6, Let’s Golf 2, and Nova. We’ve been testing the Thrill 4G for the past few days and will be bringing you our full review shortly.

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Amazon stops selling Nintendo 3DS

Amazon stops selling Nintendo 3DS

By on July 25, 2011 at 5:30 PM.

Amazon has stopped directly selling the Nintendo 3DS citing customer complaints as the cause of its decision. The portable gaming console currently has 359 reviews and an average of 4/5 stars on Amazon’s website, which suggests customers are happy with the unit itself, but the online retailer has posted a note that states:

While this item is available from other marketplace sellers on this page, it is not currently offered by Amazon.com because customers have told us there may be something wrong with our inventory of the item, the way we are shipping it, or the way it’s described here. (Thanks for the tip!)

We’re working to fix the problem as quickly as possible.

It remains unclear but Amazon could have stopped selling the 3DS because of a mistake in its original listing or due to customer complaints on how the product arrived. Techland is speculating that cause could be the “rubber feet” on the top lid. These feet are supposedly not adequate enough to prevent the screen from rubbing against the keypad while the console is closed. Gamers can still purchase the Nintendo 3DS from third-party retailers on Amazon.com however, and from a number of additional retailers across the country. More →

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Nintendo DS outsold 3DS two-to-one in June

Nintendo DS outsold 3DS two-to-one in June

By on July 15, 2011 at 11:23 PM.

According to new figures released by Nintendo on Friday, the company sold twice as many Nintendo DS gaming consoles as it did newer Nintendo 3DS devices. The Japanese firm revealed that it sold 386,000 Nintendo DS systems as opposed to just 143,000 3DS units in June, according to MSNBC. It’s likely that the popularity of the DS can be attributed to its lower price point, but the small pool of 3D games could also be hurting 3DS sales; game publishers have yet to release some of the most anticipated 3D titles, such as The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D. The gaming industry hasn’t jumped for the device as much as Nintendo had hoped, either. Although Nintendo said that it moved 400,000 units during its first week of U.S. availability, the firm also said overall sales were weaker than expected. More →

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