Five gadgets to let you go 3D now
While most of the discussion about 3D is all about the future and what that holds you can actually go 3D right now with a handful of gadgets. Whether its TVs, video gaming, taking photographs or just watching a movie there is an offering for you.
Here are five ways you can embrace the third-dimension:
Nvidia VisionThe kit, which includes a pair of the 3D vision glasses, will cost £130 but you'll also need a display capable of 120Hz output. Most displays only reach 75Hz or so, so you can pick up a Samsung SyncMaster 2233RZ 120Hz LCD monitor bundled with the 3D Vision package for £399. Once you've installed it all you'll be able to enjoy 3D gaming like Fallout 3, Crisis, Elder Scrolls 4, Need for Speed Shift, and Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao. The game to watch out for though, will be Avatar due out in December.
Novo Minoru 3D webcamThe Minoru webcam has two cameras spaced roughly the same distance apart as human eyes, for the necessary stereoscopic effect , i.e., 3D. This creates an "anthropomorphic" look that means users tend to look into the eyes of the camera as they light up. Viewers wear special coloured glasses to see the 3D image, with five pairs bundled in with the hardware. The webcam can be used with Windows Live Messenger, Skype, AOL instant messenger, OoVoo and other video conferencing packages.
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Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 digital camera3D isn't just about watching, it's also about taking and that's exactly what the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 digital camera lets you do. Using two camera sensors you can snap shots in 3D. Of course you can use the camera as a regular point and shoot as well. For those who are already addicted to 3D content creation, be it video or still, the Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 is a dream come true, the catch is that the kit involves a lot of faffing to get the best out of your pictures once they are on your computer.
Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W1 digital camera review
Coraline, Journey to the center of the Earth, Saw IV, My Bloody Valentine moviesUsing a variant of the anaglyph 3D technology you can already get 3D movies without having to upgrade your TV set or DVD player. You will still have to wear glasses however, in this instance green and magenta, but it will save you having to go to the cinema or buying an expensive TV set.
Samsung 3DTVSamsung already offers 3D technology on some of its TVs already, it's just there isn't that much content around for you to get really excited as yet. Still if you can find it you can sign up to a 60-inch plasma from the Korean company. You'll have to wear glasses of course - in this case ones with the shutter technology, but if you've got the games or the content you can start enjoying the third-dimension right now. Better still it also means you'll be ready for the wave of new content coming from the likes of Sky and the movie studios. The only catch is that without a standardised 3D format you might find yourself with the "laser disc" of the 3D world.
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