Playboy Centerfold in 3D

As a kid snooping around my dad’s bedroom drawers I ran across the most wonderful thing I could imagine… his Playboy collection. While not as well built as other father’s collections (some running from the 50s to the 80s), there were about a half a dozen gems to look through. As a curious boy, I wondered what it would be like if the centerfold jumped off the page… well, I don’t have to wonder anymore as the June edition of Playboy will be equipped with 3D glasses.

“What would people most like to see in 3-D?” asked Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. “Probably a naked lady.”. What a wise and insightful man!


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Shapeways 3D prints models you design

shapeways modelAlthough 3D printing technology has been around for some time now, it is still many years away from home consumption as the printers are much too expensive. However, there are companies like Shapeways that offer this an outsourced service for consumers.

Head over to Shapeways.com to design and order your very own full-color high resolution 3D models. There are different types of materials that you can use. Pricing for models can go anywhere from $1 to over $1000, although most models fall into the $50 to $150 range [FAQ].

Designers can upload their designs in industry standard file formats VRML and X3D. The model bunny in the photo is an example of the items that can be ‘printed’.

CES 2010: Gunnar Optiks Shows Off Stylish 3D Glasses

The big thing at CES this year was 3D, and Gunnar Optiks unveiled a line of stylish 3D glasses. We previously reviewed Gunnar Optiks glasses from last year’s CES, and it seems the company is only getting bigger. Although the 3D glasses aren’t available yet, Gunnar also showed off its MLG branded glasses.

Gunnar’s non-3D high performance glasses are targeted towards gamers and people who spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen. They claim to reduce eye strain, improve vision clarity, and even prevent dry eyes. So how can they do this? …

CES 2010: Panasonic Boasts 152″ 3D Plasma TV – World’s Largest

In a recurring theme at CES over the past few years, some large TV vendor is sure to outdo the previous year’s record of largest television set. This year it’s Panasonic who have announced a 152″ Full HD 3D Plasma display. Yes, 152 diagonal inches!

This is a 4096 x 2160 pixel panel that uses something called a “HD x 2 frame sequential method” for displaying discrete HD images for the left and right eyes. This is the same method uses in 3D theaters.

[press release]

CES 2010: Toshiba Shows Off multi-Cell CPU 3D TVs

3-D is shaping up to be the hot theme of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show and amongst the players, Toshiba has just shown off quite a star – it’s Internet-connected Cell TV. And by Cell, we’re referring to the multiple 3.2GHz 8-core Cell processors that power its 3-D TV.

toshiba cell tv

In case you’re wondering, yes, that’s a lot of power, lots more than you would find in a normal desktop, but needed for rendering 3D TV.

Toshiba has said there will be 2 models – 55″ and 65″ and should debut sometime this year. No prices have been given.

[press release]

CES 2010: Sony, IMAX and Discovery Teaming Up to Launch 3D TV Network

Sony, Discovery (Channel) and IMAX are teaming up [press release] to launch a 3D TV network in the US, but not until 2011.

It remains to be seen whether the actual 3D programming will be limited or not. After all, it’s not like IMAX productions number in the thousands. On the other hand, we’re suprised at how quickly home 3D technology and content seems to be taking off.

Sony to test out their 3D tech by recording World Cup games

Sony is using just about the most-viewed event on Earth (the FIFA World Cup) to test out and promote their 3-D technology. Sony is going to record up to 25 of the soccer games in 3-D. Unfortunately, the end result is only going to be visible at special FIFA events in June and July during the World Cup next year (2010), and then for highlights when Sony starts selling their 3-D TVs and video cameras.

As much as the gadget and soccer geeks in me is drooling at the thought of 3-D footie, the realistic part of me is saying that this is really 1st gen tech, and home 3-D very well may be pricey and not live up to the probably hype.

Panasonic plans to be 1st to market 3D HD TV for consumers

In perhaps their biggest play at the IFA conference in Berlin, Germany, Panasonic showed off their 3D TV for the home market. Their system is a traditional stereoscopic system that needs glasses and works in conjunction with their Blu-ray DVD player that has 3D content. Panasonic aims to hit the market with multiple TV sizes in 2010.

They already have a full website that shows off their 3D technology. Some of their other announcements at IFA 2009 can be found here.

3D Eyetracking UI

Remember those little holographic things you used to play with when you were a child that showed different pictures depending on the angle you looked at them?

Well the 3D Eyetracking UI from Tat does something similar – the UI can detect where you’re looking at the phone by tilting it, which allows the software to give depth to your phone’s display. This means that you can see ‘behind’ some of the menu items, and looking at it from different angles will reveal different things.

This could lead to richer user interfaces with more available ‘virtual’ screen real estate.

Pretty hard to explain and get your head around, so it’s best for you to see it in action:

Star Wars movies getting 3-D treatment

George Lucas and co. has confirmed that they plan to 3-Dize the 6 Star Wars movies. Nuff said. Apparently costs between $50k and $100k per minute to convert. Dang.

Fans are divided – some say spend the money on new projects. Others say bring it on. I say, hell yeah, I’ll go see at least 4 of those movies again in 3-D. Actually, I may not have liked the 1st 2 prequels much, but the CGI scenes were pretty stunning.

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