At the Display Taiwan 2011 conference taking place this week in Taipei, display manufacturer CPT gave us a glimpse at the iPad 3D many users have been hoping for. Of course this 3D-enabled iPad 2 is a modified unit that will never see production, but it does highlight the fact that even though the iPad 2 is remarkably thin, there’s still room for a 3D display in the ultra-slim aluminum case. While Apple has been rumored on numerous occasions to be testing iPad models with 3D display technology, it is likely that the company would opt for a glasses-free panel as opposed to the panel fitted into this iPad 2 by CPT, which requires 3D glasses. The prototype is interesting nonetheless, and as the presenter mentions, the possibility of 3D will be an added benefit once Apple releases an iPad model with a Retina Display. A video showcasing the 3D-enabled iPad 2 can be seen below. More →
We just got back from Samsung’s spring 2011 product lineup event, where we had a chance to check out a host of the company’s new products — including some previously announced devices that are just making their way to the United States (Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Player devices). Our favorite part of the event, though, was getting to check out some of the new 3D TVs. Samsung says that its UN55D8000 ($3,599.99) and UN46D8000 ($2,799.99), which launched in February, will now each ship with two pairs of its new Samsung SSG-3700SR 3D glasses. The glasses weigh under an ounce and only work with Samsung’s 2011 lineup of 3DTVs. Samsung will also start including Blu-ray 3D versions of the movie Megamind and the complete Shrek collection with each TV. We spent a few minutes watching Megamind with the new glasses on, and can honestly say that we could see ourselves using them at home. They were light, comfortable, and unobtrusive.
Samsung also said that it will be introducing several new features in to its Smart Hub software on its televisions. Smart Hub will now offer a new “store within a store” option that will allow you to purchase additional content within an application. Smart Hub lets you quickly access a host of programs, like Netflix Watch Instantly, Hulu Plus, MLB.TV, and more. Similarly, Samsung’s new remote control application for its Galaxy S smartphones will allow you to view content on your TV right on your phone. The feature is Twin View, and while we didn’t see it in action, the idea sounds awesome to us. Overall, we’re impressed with what we saw and are excited to start seeing more 3D TVs, better glasses, and more smart apps for televisions, hit the market.