Saturday, December 20, 2008

CES 3D Preview 2009!

Jim here. Let's take a look at what is happening at the upcoming CES show in Las Vegas next month - obviously with 3D moving mainstream there is bound to be more and more available and it is shaping up to be a great show for stereoscopic 3D fans!

Watch this post as I will be updating it with breaking news on other 3D products being revealed at the show!

Show details:

What: INTERNATIONAL CES
When: January 8 to 11, 2009
10 am* - 6 pm Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009
9 am - 6 pm Friday, Jan. 9, 2009
9 am - 6 pm Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009
9 am - 4 pm Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009
Where: TWO Locations:
Las Vegas Convention Center/Las Vegas Hilton
Sands Expo and Convention Center/The Venetian
Website: http://www.cesweb.org

Lets take a look at the 3D products being touted:

iZ3D
www.iZ3D.com
See them at: Meeting Room #25118M located in the Gaming Showcase in South Hall 2 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Details: iZ3D is currently booking CES press appointments to preview new protoypes such as a 3D flight simulator (3 screens), 26-inch monitor and console compatible 3D gaming monitor. They will also be attending Showstoppers. Please contact Carol Warren (CES Cell: 714-865-6735; Office: 714-891-3660) if you would like to see a demonstration of these exciting new products!

iZ3D has some exciting news: The world’s first 3D monitor for gamers is now available in retail stores making this solution the hottest available! iZ3D Inc. is pleased to announce that it’s popular 22-inch 3D monitor display system has leapt off the screens of online e-tailers into the real world of brick and mortar retail stores. iZ3D’s gaming display products are now being offered nationwide in Fry’s Electronics Incorporated® and Micro Center® stores, specialty retail superstores renowned for merchandising innovative consumer electronics products and technology breakthroughs. In addition to the physical store locations, both retail chains are offering the iZ3D monitor through online store destinations, joining Staples Online, NewEgg, Amazon, Critical Buy, and other e-tailers.

“The move to retail is another milestone in our pursuit of bringing 3D to the home market,” stated Thomas Striegler, CEO of iZ3D Inc. “Seeing games displayed with our 3D monitor startles the imagination and shatters memories of bad 3D from 1950’s theatrical effects and headache prone shutter glasses,” he adds.

In the past year, iZ3D has had growing success selling its monitor exclusively online. Since consumers lack experience with this new technology, seeing it proves a critical part of the purchasing decision. iZ3D faces the same challenges as the television industry as it educated consumers to shift from black and white to color, or standard to high definition. “You have to see it to understand it the first time, and selling our 3D monitor though retail represents an inflection point for the emerging 3D industry,” said Striegler.

Store locations in California, Arizona, and Nevada began offering the product in mid-December. The monitor solution will be available at all store locations by January 9, 2009, after which iZ3D will begin sponsoring in-store try-and-buy demo days. Consumers can easily find a listing of store locations and get information on iZ3D’s products and special offers at www.3drulez.com. In recent month’s iZ3D has made headlines as it introduced the first 3D monitors with custom painted designs from Smooth Creations®, released its new industry-standard-setting 3D display driver, announced channel distribution partnerships with Ingram Micro and D&H Distributing Company, made 3D monitors significantly more affordable.

The iZ3D 22-inch monitor has a new manufacturers suggested resale price of $399.00.

In addition to the design and marketing of 3D LCD displays, the company enables 3D content creation, and promotes the accelerated proliferation of 3D for entertainment and professional applications. To present an uncompromised 3D experience, the company’s development approach to 3D stereoscopic viewing includes optimizing solutions for gaming, home entertainment, and professional applications. Each solution is compatible with multiple graphics cards and includes high-performance LCD displays, lightweight passive polarized glasses, and blazingly fast software. The company is also developing next generation solutions and enabling content for home entertainment and professional applications needing 3D displays to view visually rich movies, photos, and three-dimensional graphics with amazing depth, brightness, and resolution. iZ3D was formed as a joint venture of Taiwan-based Chi Mei Optoelectronics, a worldwide leader in TFT-LCD manufacturing and Neurok Optics LLC, a US-based 3D technology developer and marketing company. The company distributes its products directly at the iZ3D online store and through major online and retail outlets. Please visit www.iz3d.com or call 858.646.3015 for more information.

Further, iZ3D drivers now feature ATI 3D DLP output – free for ATI Radeon™ graphics card users! Their recently released 3D monitor driver Version 1.09 is the first to include support for AMD with an ATI 3D DLP output. This special feature, integrated exclusively for AMD (NYSE: AMD) customers – provides a customized 3D DLP output and is free for ATI Radeon™ graphics card users. The Version 1.09 driver is the latest stereoscopic 3D driver from iZ3D since the company first began releasing display drivers in 2006. The company ships 3D gaming monitors, which include a stereoscopic driver output for the iZ3D monitor and a standard anaglyph driver output. Other specialized 3D driver outputs are available at www.iz3d.com for USD$49.99 per license (each output).

To encourage 3D game play using ATI Radeon graphics cards, iZ3D is offering all ATI Radeon graphics card users a $50.00 rebate on the purchase of an iZ3D monitor. After installing the iZ3D monitor and driver, ATI Radeon graphics card users have 30 days to complete a simple form online and submit it to iZ3D to get the rebate. The rebate promotion is being promoted online and will be included in ATI Radeon graphics card packages and in-store at select retailers. For more information visit www.3drulez.com or www.iz3d.com.

“We appreciate the visual experience and excitement that is driving the trend towards 3D graphics,” said Godfrey Cheng, director of technical marketing, graphics products group, AMD. “3D gamers, designers and home theater enthusiasts will appreciate the sophistication that the ATI Radeon series of graphics cards will bring to the world of 3D. Our cards enable a feature-rich, 3D gaming and home theatre experience, especially when used in conjunction with an iZ3D 22-inch widescreen 3D display solution.”

“We’re on a mission to bring 3D into the mainstream. Combining the blazing fast speeds and breathtaking graphics from a high-end ATI Radeon graphics card with savings on your own personal iZ3D 22-inch widescreen monitor and get a gateway to the world of 3D. AMD’s selection of iZ3D’s stereoscopic 3D display solution demonstrates their vision and understanding that the future of graphics is a fusion of great hardware and software. iZ3D is a true pioneer in developing great 3D imaging drivers and hardware for the gaming community," remarked Thomas Striegler, CEO of iZ3D Inc.

Alioscopy:
www.alioscopy.com
See them at: Booth #12125, Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall (This is the TTE (owned by TCL) booth)
Press: To schedule a press briefing with Alioscopy during CES, please contact Vicky Gray-Clark, Ambient Public Relations, (408) 243-8880, vicky@ambientpr.com, or Laurie Guarino, (408) 876-7064, lguarinopr@yahoo.com
Details: TCL has joined forces with Alioscopy to present their 40-inch 3DHD autostereoscopic LCD is a no glasses required 3D solution. In development over the past fourteen years, Alioscopy’s 3D display product features a highly specialized lenticular lens that results in a truly immersive and memorable experience for the viewer.

The 3D market is exploding with major film studios currently investing heavily in 3D stereoscopic film projects. For companies seeking creative ways to promote digital signage entertainment content, reinforce messaging and grab people’s attention, Alioscopy monitors installed in theater lobbies, retail environments and other high traffic areas, will enable the public to sneak-preview traditional stereoscopic 3D (glasses-required) films, live concerts, and more, without glasses; creating a financial boon to content developers, advertisers and film studios.

Alioscopy monitors are available in both 24-inch and 40-inch models; offering multi-view solutions, for multiple ergonomic uses, and the flat-screen technology can be easily installed almost anywhere.

Fox Sports:
msn.foxsports.com
(Working with partners Sony, 3ality, RealD and Cinedigm)
See them at: The Paris Hotel - Theatre des Arts
Details: BCS Championship Game to be Broadcast at CES in 3D
Sony Electronics is teaming with FOX Sports and an all-star roster of technology providers to deliver the first live 3D presentation of next month's college football FedEx Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game between the University of Florida and University of Oklahoma.

The Jan. 8 game will be shot using 3ality Digital's image-capture technology and transmitted live via Cinedigm's CineLive(TM) satellite distribution network from Dolphin Stadium in Miami to an event sponsored by Sony in the Paris Hotel and Casino's RealD-equipped Theatre des Arts in Las Vegas, where more than 1,200 invited guests will view the game live in 3D during the annual Consumer Electronics Show.

Sony is providing its SXRD(R) 4K projection technology at the Paris Hotel and Casino for this special 3D presentation, which will be broadcast in conventional HD by FOX Sports. RealD is a co-sponsor of this theater presentation with Sony. RealD's 3D system in the Theatre des Arts -- including eyewear, screen and filtering technology -- was specifically built and customized for the SXRD 4K projection system.

"The live broadcast to the Paris Hotel and to movie theaters across the nation is the latest example of how we can deliver our programming to audiences in new and exciting ways," said Jerry Steinberg, senior vice president of field operations and engineering for FOX Sports. "3D technology holds unlimited potential for the future of both sports broadcasting and live event production."

"Sports broadcasts are ideal for 3D presentation, especially in a theater, where fans can gather and participate in the atmosphere of the event with the feeling of truly being there," said Sandy Climan, CEO of 3ality Digital. "This game may end up being a landmark in college sports history."

According to Michael Lewis, chairman and CEO of RealD, "This event brings together all the necessary elements to create a truly immersive 3D broadcast. The success of recent box-office hits in 3D and the strong schedule of future releases highlight the fact that this is an experience that movie-goers crave. We look forward to continuing this evolution of the entertainment
experience by delivering more live sports and other events to our theater partners."

nVidia:
See them at: Booth South 4 35557MP
http://www.nvidia.com/content/events/ces_2009/ces_events_2009.html
nVidia will have their custom engineered, active shutter glasses paired with the latest ViewSonic and Samsung 120 Hz LCDs, Mitsubishi Home Theater TVs, and DepthQ HD 3D projectors. Drop by and have a look.


Novo:
www.minoru3dwebcam.com
See them at: Booth: Sands 73837A
Details: Minoru 3D webcam

The device itself is made to be cute, but functionally it's two eyes are approximately the same distance apart as our human eyes, allowing the capture of 3D images. The 3D webcam sells for about $80 to $100.

Meet Minoru, meaning “Reality” in Japanese, the worlds’ first 3D webcam. Connect Minoru to your PC and he will come alive, his eyes will light up and he will be looking at you in 3D.

Your friends and family can now see you in 3D over your favourite messaging program like MSN, Skype etc. You can also take 3D photos or even shoot 3D videos and upload to YouTube.

The downside to this tech is that it relies on anaglyph 3D so you will have to wear those ugly blue and red 3D glasses - although you do get five pairs in the box with this puppy. Man I wish this was modern 3D - I am getting so tired of this old school stuff. The point is though that it is easy to use, share and impress your friends.

The product simply rests on the top of your monitor and captures images with both eyes.

The Minoru was developed for the i-stage competition at the Consumer Electronics Association. Production is expected to ramp up in December and take the now prototype models into reality. You can also use it for 2D.

Here is there contact information if you are curious before the show:

Phone:
+44 161 925 7530

Email:
info@minoru3d.com

TDVision:

www.TDVision.com
See them at: Booth: South 1 21425
Details: TDVirtualCam Algorithm in fact emulates the way the human eyes see and the brain perceives data. What does this mean? Playing video games with TDVision's patented technology embedded allows the gamer to play for hours with no side effects, full compatibility and maximum frag!

They also have the world's only 1080p per-eye and fully compatible Blu-ray solution. This stereoscopic Blu-ray disc will work in legacy 2D televisions in player at 1080p as well as in updated players in full 3D on 3D enabled DLP, LCD, and autostereoscopic displays.

You have to see their TDVisor in action too! The completely new TDVisor provides an intra ocular adjustment to allow for a personalized fit. Improvements is the optical design offering an equivalent size of 72” diagonal screen placed at 10 feet. Other improvements in mechanical and ocular ergonomics provide the user with a more comfortable and realistic high definition experience. Two models are currently offered. A less expensive mid resolution design (800x600) and a high-end version (1024x768, 1280x720p). Both are lightweight and provide portability, making it perfect for mobile imaging applications. Stop by for a demo!


iZ3D and TDVision are sponsors of MarketSaw.

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