Plans on Becoming A Little Clearer: Sony's 3D TV

Sony basically expects that 3D televisions will make up on 30 percent and 50 percent of all sets it sells in the financial year that starts in April 2012, one senior executive said late last week. The goal further indicates Sony’s confidence in 3D entertainment ahead of a roll-out of the technology next year.


Sony basically announced its 3D ambitions in the early September when the president and CEO Howard Stringer informed the company was planning its launch on the 3D capable Bravia TV sets and Blu Ray disc players as well as adding 3D to the PlayStation 3. Sony’s plans for the latter two products are already becoming clear: the Blu-ray Disc Association is working on a 3D disc standard while Sony plans to add 3D to all models of the PlayStation 3 via a firmware update. On the TV side however, perhaps the biggest and most crucial part of the picture, Sony basically had not disclosed many details but now that picture is beginning to come into a focus.

 

The 3d compatible sets will usually have a small piece of addition to its hardware threat lets the machine show 3d content but they will also work as conventional TV sets, as said by Hiroshi Yoshioka, executive deputy president of Sony and head of the unit that includes its TV business, in an interview. Yoshioka didn’t elaborate on the additional hardware however, but says it would add a little to the production cost of the TV set.

 

By far, the largest expense for 3D viewing will be the glasses that are needed to give the illusion of a 3d image. Those could cost up to around US$200 and won’t necessarily be bundled with a television. By selling the glasses separately, Sony will be able to keep its 3D compatible sets competitive with others sets while needing a higher outlay from customers that want to get the 3d experience. Yoshioka stressed that Sony has yet to determine the premium for 3D-compatible sets and whether it will bundle the glasses or sell them separately. But basically the TV business is perhaps the most prices sensitive of the entire Sony’s product areas, particularly in the US market. Thus the company will likely cut down the additional costs.

 

Sony’s TV business has been losing money the recent years, but Stringer committed this month to turning a profit on televisions in the next financial year, which runs from April 2010 to March 2011. Success with 3d will be crucial if Sony is to accomplish its goal of grabbing a 20 percnet share of the LCD TV market in the upcoming years.

 

Sony’s 3d plans to revolve around gaming, movies and sports as well. Sony is already working on gaming with the PlayStation 3 upgrade plans and its movies division, Sony Pictures, is already producing 3D movies. If history is any indicator, sports is basically an additional area where users are willing to pay a little more money for a great experience. The company’s existing relationship with broadcasters through its movie division and TV production house could serve well when it comes to the promotion of 3d but even it is does not there will be a secondary rout to 3d capable sets. Sony is expanding its PlayStation Network service to cover its televisions and will launch a new content delivery service next year that will pump movies, TV shows and other video content directly into Bravia TVs and Blu-ray Disc players from its own servers. The smaller- scale experiments have already taken place in the US, where Sony recently gave its “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” movie to Internet-linked Bravia TVs even before its DVD release.

 

 

 

Tech Stuff: A Review on Nintendo 3DS

Basically Nintendo 3DS is a new exciting platform that has hardware that somewhat misses the mark. The Nintendo 3DS is not some handheld tool similar to all the older models, it is basically the first iteration of a brand new gaming platform and probably the first ever first gaming device to make use of glasses-free 3d technology of its kind. However can the 3DS live up to the hype, overcome the limitations of glasses-free 3D, and produce a compelling new gameplay experience worthy of its $250 MSRP?


Nintendo 3DS and its hardware

 

For anyone out there that has made use of DS in the past, Nintendo’s next-generation handheld should look and feel plenty familiar, though obviously with a number of clearly prominent changes to its features. While Nintendo went for a slim, minimalist design with the DSi that utilized flat surfaces, unified casing, and a solid color, the 3DS is bulkier with more angular edges and a more complex, multi-panel case design. Basically they have added new feature to its design to make some additions to its functions.

 

So in order to make accommodation of the dual parallax glasses-free 3D screens and those two outward facing cameras, the 3DS’s top panel is somewhat thicker, while the basic one is somewhat roughly the same to the thickness as the DSi. Though thicker overall, the 3DS is not as wide as the DSi, shaving off roughly a tenth of an inch from the width of the base. The size reduction is lost at some degree considering that it has the screen’s muffin top life design that is prominent over its sides. When paired with the added thickness of the unit, the odd angular screen casing definitely impacts the overall portability of the device and how it can be handy enough for the user.

Though the DS series has never actually been particularly easy to the pocket size, the 3DS is one of the more cumbersome and uncomfortable, with its edges often getting caught on fabric and the device pressing firmly against your leg. But still, the 3DS is quite more likely to be carried in hand or inside the bag of its owner, and the design somewhat becomes a secondary issue. So if ever you are one fan of DS that looks unto the physical structure of the product, then there are some points to it that you can consider before deciding on your purchase.

As for the quality of its overall build, the 3DS’s plastic casing is on-par with the previous versions of Nintendo handhelds, thought the high gloss two tones metallic finish to it gives a little extra aesthetic flair to its overall look. Despite its appearance, the device is still somewhat vulnerable in so many ways of the same regards as the previous generations. As is the case with any clamshell design, the screen hinge is the weakest point, but the 3DS’s feels pretty solid and pops into a slightly angled or flat position. Users may even see the resistance loosening over time, but should hold up with much proper care and storage of the product.

So basically the 3DS also makes use of new slider control for more volume and 3d depths adjustments to the system. Another feature to it is the enabling or disabling of the Wi-Fi which are quite effective for quick adjustments of the user but a little too loose and somewhat easy to move with some accidental brush of the finger. So if ever you are planning to purchase one of these, try to make certain that you know what you want in this product.

 

 

A TV Review: Samsung LED 7000 3D

For anyone of you who is waiting, here’s a share on the first glimpse of Samsung’s range of 3D-enabled TVs back in January at CES 2010, and now they have made way from the halls of the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center and unto the shelves of your very own local electronics store. So here’s an opportunity on checking out the brand-new Samsung LED 7000 3D, one of the company’s most affordable 3D-capable displays; and for you to know if it is an ideal solution for consumers in joining the 3d revolution. So find it out now, and here the article to get you started. After all, it pays to get a thorough idea on the things you plan on purchasing.


To start with, you’ll first need a thorough idea; basically the Samsung LED 7000 3D is one sleek and sexy looking 3D TV. It is a slim panel design that measures only 1-inch thick and weighs less than 50 lbs. Screen sizes are available in 40-inch, 46-inch, and 55-inch variations, which sport MSRPs of $1,999.99, $2,599.99, and $3,299.99, respectively.

 

So when it comes to features, all of the screen sizes have the same primary features, and these would include the following:

 

  • Has 240Hz Screen Refresh Rate
  • A DLNA Support
  • Comes with Full 1080p HD Resolution
  • 6,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
  • Has 4 HDMI Inputs
  • Internet-enabled Apps, including Netflix, Facebook, Hulu Plus, and Flickr.
  • 1 Component Video Input

 

Every display is an LED-edgelit LCD which bacially gives a much brighter, a more vibrant picture than what a standard LCD could give. Colors on the UNC7000 are rich and the high contrast ratio provides a diverse range of shades for great gaming, HD television, and Blu-ray experiences.  The LED 7000 series, like most Samsung displays, have a more saturated visual presentation than other makes and models. While this bring forth jaw dropping results when it comes to visuals, the picture is not always entirely true to life, this means that the fleshtones and other elements can somewhat seem augmented in a manner.

 

Otherwise, the picture comes top notch. The LED 7000 features a high refresh rate of 240Hz, which is intended to produce smooth visuals during films, television, and games with high motion. If you like the smoothness and the optimum entertainment experience then this is surely something you need to consider; considering how the LED 7000 can bring forth much liveliness to the entertainment experience.

In fact, high refresh rates like these make videos seem sped up and somewhat unnatural. Luckily, users can define their preferred refresh rate, and ultimately, the only time they will need to access the higher refresh rates will be for 3D content.

 

But as for the display’s 3d capabilities, the LED 7000 is seen as 3D ready, which means all you need to buy is a pair of compatible 3d glasses and you are then ready to get that 3d entertainment. Compatible Samsung 3D glasses cost $149.99 and $199.99 – the latter of which are rechargeable, whereas the former are battery operated.

The glasses are without doubt expensive and buying enough pairs in accommodating your friends or a small family can surely drive cost up even further. Unlike Sony’s approach to optional 3D-accessbility, which requires the purchase of a 3D transmitter as well as 3D glasses, the Samsung LED 7000 3D series comes with an integrated active shutter transmitter that takes out the wire clutter and also an added cost to it.

 

So what are you waiting for?! Try to see such product for yourself and see how it gives a new innovation to your entertainment experience.