Japan’s TV makers see the future in 3D

 

The movie industry has been the biggest cheerleader of technology

 


The technology works by rapidly alternating between left and right frames of the video. The right frame is seen only with the right eye and the left frame with the left eye, creating the illusion of depth. 

RE-ENERGISING MARKET: A model displays Sony’s 3D television set at the Ceatec exhibition, Asia’s largest electronics trade show in Chiba, suburban Tokyo. Sony is expecting to put it on the market next year.

 Flat-panel television screens cannot get much flatter and consumers do not want the screens to get much wider, so Japanese television makers are banking on a whole new dimension to buttress their line-ups.

High-definition three-dimensional TV is the future, or so Panasonic and Sony hope, as they seek to stem a slide in prices and re-energise a market slowed by the global recession. The biggest problem the companies face, however, is staring them right in the face. Viewers will need to wear those goofy, ill-fitting glasses, just as they have to when watching 3-D movies in a theatre. Without them, the screen looks nauseatingly blurry.

High price

 

The expected high price of 3-D systems — the special television screens, glasses and Blu-ray DVD players — could also discourage all but home theatre buffs.

Neither Sony nor Panasonic has announced a price for their 3-D offerings. Panasonic said market research had shown that its 50-inch model might sell for $2,000. And at $50 a pair, a family of four would be paying as much for the glasses as a small high-definition television costs.

A poll from the research firm In-Stat found that while 64 per cent of respondents expressed at least some interest in watching 3-D programming at home, 25 per cent of those interested said they would not pay more than for a regular television.

“From a consumer experience standpoint, I am sceptical, because I can’t see consumers sitting at home wearing glasses,” said David Gibson, the head of research at Macquarie Capital Securities. “It’s a good idea, but it’s a niche market for now.”

Tokyo show

 

Still, Panasonic is betting that its eye-popping imagery will win over more than a few fans. A prototype 50-inch Viera plasma 3-D set attracted long lines at the CEATEC electronics show in Tokyo this week. Beating rivals to the market could also provide a boost for its plasma technology, which has been losing out to liquid-crystal displays.

In a 3-D clip from ‘Toy Story,’ Pixar’s computer-animated film, Rex the green tyrannosaurus looked so ready to leap off the screen that the crowd gasped.

The technology works by rapidly alternating between left and right frames of the video. Viewers wear glasses that sync with the television over an infrared signal. The right frame is seen only with the right eye and the left frame with the left eye, creating the illusion of depth.

“We are serious about the future of 3-D,” said Masayuki Kozuka, a leader on Panasonic’s 3-D team. “We will not have succeeded until half of all TVs we sell are 3-D TVs.”

Sony showed off a similar technology, which it hopes to deploy in some Bravia televisions and Vaio notebook PCs in 2010.

PlayStation 3 video game consoles could also be fitted with 3-D technology, said Yutaka Nakamura, a Sony spokesman.

Samsung Electronics of South Korea has also shown a 3-D prototype.

The movie industry has been the biggest cheerleader of 3-D technology, and television makers are hoping that enthusiasm will help persuade consumers to replicate the 3-D experience at home. Hollywood raised its output of 3-D movies in recent years to lure people into theatres. There will be around 7,000 3-D movie screens by the end of 2009, according to Sony.

Hollywood, in fact, has long been obsessed with the technology. In the 1950s, a flurry of 3-D films like “Man in the Dark” and “House of Wax” were released. Another round of stereoscopic 3-D films that had viewers wearing red-and-green glasses hit screens in the 1970s. But with poor colour quality and unsteady images that induced nausea, 3-D did not take off.

Hollywood hopes that the third time will be the charm. Studios are eager to sell 3-D films on Blu-ray discs, too. Panasonic and 20th Century Fox worked together to promote the forthcoming James Cameron sci-fi thriller “Avatar,” the first major non-animation film being released worldwide in both 2-D and 3-D formats.

Television makers, in turn, hope that by helping to promote 3-D technology on the big screen, broadcasters will follow Hollywood’s lead and start offering 3-D programming. Many stumbling blocks remain, however, including the added costs of filming and broadcasting 3-D images.

Some analysts are upbeat on the prospects for 3-D television. Alfred Poor, an analyst for the GigaOM Network of high-tech news Web sites, predicted in a recent report that TV makers could ship as many as 46 million 3-D sets by 2013, adding that high sales volume would drive prices down. Analysts at Gartner played it safer in their “Hype Cycle” report, giving a fuzzier timeline of five to 10 years for 3-D to catch on. — © 2009 The New York Times News Service

 

 Fujifilm revolutinizes with FinePix Real 3D W1 Camera

 

 

Hello People!!!!!!

Photography enthusiasts may now be seen intensifying their passion for photography and getting glued to their camera as Fujifilm has recently proclaimed the FinePix Real 3D system, an innovative imaging technology. Claimed to be the world’s first three-dimensional digital imaging system, the camera allows users to enjoy 3D images without the necessity of wearing those special 3D glasses(Interesting one, no glasses as we have to wear when we have been in any 3D animated movie).

This groundbreaking 3D system features inventive FinePix Real 3D W1, the 3D camera, FinePix Real 3D V1, an 8 inch viewer which enables phenomenal 3D images to be displayed. Besides, it comes with 3D print and Fujifilm’s high precision production technology that allows users to print 3D images.

Users with a passion for photography may greatly admire the camera as it features the individual shutter 3D shooting’ mode where the camera takes two shots, one after the other, and saves a single 3D image in the camera manually. Users can then edit that 3D image produced. This feature is believed to be extremely useful for landscape photography where a 3D image is difficult to achieve, or conversely, macro shots, where the 3D effect can be too strong. Besides, by utilizing the Parallax Control feature, the 3D images can be manually adjusted for a clear and sharper 3D view. Adjustable in both live images on LCD panel while shooting and recorded images, this simplicity-of-use now allows users to metamorphose into creative photographers.

The latest 3D digital camera with distinctive and highly-forward 2-color simultaneous shooting mode feature also allows users to take photos of the same scene with different colour tonalities. Moreover, there are 13 different types of scene position featured in the camera whereby camera buffs can enjoy multiple shooting styles in 2D and 3D. At the same time, the 2-sensitivity simultaneous shooting mode offers the functionality to change the sensitivity setting of the two shooting systems. The camera also employs easy-to-use features such as micro thumbnail view and image search. It can also receive image data through high-speed IR communication. Users can also directly connect it to their computer through USB and transfer stored images to the viewer for display.

Features:-

  • Capture 3D videos and 3D still images
  • The REAL 3D W1 camera has dual lens and sensors combo.
  • Shoots regular 2D images at 10 Megapixels and combine them to create a stereoscopic 3D image.
  • It also boasts of a 3X optical zoom with 3D functionality.
  • Also shoot 3D Still photos.
  • Special 2.8 inch 3D viewing LCD screen without the need of additional 2D glasses.
  • Powered by FinePix REAL 3D Technology and 3D lens system which is capable of capturing high quality 3D images, thanks to high precision lens alignment technology combined with superb resolution, on the inside.
  • It is powered by Real Photo Processer 3D(makes independent image capture and alignment possible to produce a stunning 3D image).
  • 8 inch 3D photo frame to enjoy the 3D pictures without the need of 3D glasses.

MD Speaks:-
“Fujifilm believes in bringing the latest of its technological innovations to the discerning buyers in India. In accordance with our strategy to become one of the top digital camera brands in India and acquire 15% market share in three years, we shall continue to introduce digital camera models that are either world’s first in some aspect, are award winning or based on an innovative technology that’s exclusive to Fujifilm owing to our incessant research & development.” stated Kenichi Tanaka, Managing Director, Fujifilm India.

Money Kahani:-
Now friends this is the story which becomes worst when the last week of the month is on peak, and your any family member especially your wife will tell you to buy such a expensive gift for her. You surely ready to kill yourself buddy coz its cost is Rs. 39,999 only. Remember the word only then only you can purchase it.

Sam Speaks:-
Now I am here to conclude this whole amazing thing for you. As far as you come to know that it is first 3D camera in the Digital world.It one of the best innovation in the Digital world.Lucky to have one but the thing is that i am not paid enough to be as lucky as you can be after getting it.
Jokes apart guys.But seriously it is very good camera with better display, big screen and it provides you 2 different shots to capture one single picture and store it as one single image. Also you can 2D and 3D modes, the camera has twin lenses, twin sensor technology and is equipped with a processor capable of blending two separate images to create a single, three-dimensional effect.
It contains 3D imaging which was beyond our imagination but not now and you can use to capture your precious moment in it.I know these moments more precious than the cost of the camera. The Priced at Rs 39,999 only. Now we have to pressurize on the word only just to mentally prepare yourself to buy this camera.
For me its not a good idea as it will swallow my 2 months of salary in one gulp 😉

Link:-

So people, here is one of the finest piece of 3D picture so that people who are not aware of the 3D imaging can have a look of the magic. I am providing you a link just go through it. 🙂

http://www.fujifilm.com/products/3d/camera/finepix_real3dw1/features/swf/page_02/pic_01.swf

 

 

2 Responses to “3D World”

  1. Cech Says:

    The Samsung 50 Inch HDMI is one of the hottest gifts this Christmas, they’re selling out fast. I found mine at http://astore.amazon.com/50-inch-lg-hdtv-for-sale-20

  2. 3DTV Forum Says:

    What in the world? I was searching for modern warfare 2 and I ended up here. lol What a coincidence. Good read. Thank you.

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