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Tag Archives: 3D Television

Hitachi Goes Out With A Bang With Their Last Plasma TV

Hitachi P50-GP08 (Image courtesy AVWatch)
By Andrew Liszewski

They say at your last time at bat it’s nice to hit a home run. And while I’m not sure if Hitachi, who’s leaving the TV business at the end of the year, has quite put it out of the park with the six new models they announced today. Their new flagship model, the P50-GP08, is a solid triple for sure. It’s a full HD (1920×1080) 50-inch plasma display with a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio that’s also 3D capable. But it’s the extras that make it lustworty. Besides 4 HDMI connections it’s also got 5 separate TV tuners built in, a removable 500GB hard drive presumably for PVR purposes, web connectivity and a motion sensor that will automagically turn it off after people have left the room.

Hitachi P50-GP08 (Image courtesy AVWatch)

But it’s the soon-to-be-released Wooo remote app for the iPhone and iPad is what I’m lusting after. I’m assuming it connects to the TV over wifi because in addition to letting you change channels and volume, an interactive program guide, easier access to settings and other mundane stuff, the app lets you stream recordings from the P50-GP08’s hard drive! That alone is worth the price of admission if you ask me. Which should be around $4,200 in August, if you live in Japan.

[ AV Watch – Hitachi’s New Wooo Flatscreen TVs ] VIA [ TechCrunch ]

DXG 3D Camcorder

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By Evan Ackerman

What with all of those 3D TVs that everybody was flogging to death at CES last week, it sure would be nice if you could, you know, create your own 3D video content. This camcorder from DXG has just about everything you’d expect from a consumer video cam, except that it’s got an extra lens next to the first to let you take stereoscopic vids. It’s cheap, too, at only $400.

Cheap 3D recording? I know, you’re thinking there must be a catch. And there is, and it sucks. The catch is that the camcorder takes 3D video in Motion JPEG, and it seems likely that you’ll only be able to watch that video (in 3D, anyway) on a 7″ digital video frame that DXG includes with the camcorder. So yes, it doesn’t matter if you have a 3D TV or not, since you probably won’t be able to play back this camcorder’s 3D recordings on it.

The camcorder, with the video frame included, should be available this June.

VIA [ DVICE ]

[CES 2010] Gunnar Makes 3D Glasses Almost Bearable

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By Evan Ackerman

3D TV is a huuuuuge deal at CES this year. I’m not sure whether it’s as huge a deal for consumers as it is for the companies making the TVs, but either way, it’s what they’re pushing. The reason that 3D TV is kinda lame is that you need special glasses to get it to work (with some exceptions). This is, to put it mildly, an inconvenience, but the real problem is that the glasses are totally dorky looking and nobody will ever take you seriously if they catch you wearing a pair.

These glasses, made by Gunnar, are actually pretty stylish while still being able to 3Dify what comes out of that 3D TV that you’re certainly going to buy. Of course, you won’t find pairs of these in a big bin on your way into the movie theater, but if you DO actually go out and buy a 3D TV, and you somehow manage to find 3D content, these might be a worthwhile investment. They start at $90 and go up to a couple hundred, and are available now.

[ Gunnar ]

Brazil To Get 3D TV, Plays On TV That Requires No Special Glasses

By Jonathan Kimak

Telefónica will begin testing 3D IPTV service in São Paulo, Brazil, later this year. The TV that will be used to view the 3D programming is a 1080p 52-inch Philips 3D HDTV. The TV is auto-stereoscopic which means that watching a show in 3D doesn’t require any 3D glasses.

The major snag in this type of broadcasting is that the Philips TV is the only one that can currently display the 3D shows, and it costs the price of a new car. The current price is 18,000 Euros, roughly $26,000 US. Philips expects the TV to be used in corporate settings for now and that it will be 3-4 years before the price drops and the TV will be commercially viable for the average consumer.

[ IPTV News ] VIA [ Engadget ]