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E3 Convention Highlights

E3, Electronic Entertainment Expo, is an annual convention where the hottest video games of the year are shown. This week wraps up the 3-day convention for 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Tons of press conferences and interviews and demonstrations with game developers sadly draw to a close. Are you wondering why YEW is talking about this, if we don’t even sell video games? Well, we want to know the trends in all generations of electronics and entertainment. That’s why we are bringing you just a few technology highlights from E3. Here’s a brief look at the coolest tech to look forward to: Kinect Fun Labs Microsoft has long been marketing the Kinect, motion-based technology for the Xbox 360, and announced many new games that will be integrated next year. But the most intriguing new feature is voice control. You’ll be able to speak dialog lines and issue commands and have game characters respond. The new Xbox activity is called Kinect Fun Labs uses both voice and new kinds of gesture control are available to Xbox Live members today. The company also announced that Google’s YouTube is coming to Xbox and Bing will also be integrated. You’ll be able to search via voice command for content on Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, and Live TV. For those of us that don’t have a gaming system, LG already offers Smart TVs for access to limitless content with many customizable applications, streaming movies and videos pre-loaded (with subscription and internet access). It has web browsing and services from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu and more. They recently announced AG-S110 3D active shutter glasses with liquid crystal technology to deliver images with virtually no ghosting or image trailing. It has a rechargeable battery for long lasting entertainment. Playstation HDTV At E3, Sony boasted that there will be more than a 100 games available in 3D this year. Almost all first and third-party Playstation exclusives showcased at this year’s show can be played in 3D. And so in a major effort to make 3D gaming more accessible to everyone, Sony has announced the Playstation 3D Display, a 24” LED LCD 1080p HDTV that will retail for $499 when it launches later this year. The price is a stimulating point because currently price is the biggest obstacle for 3D TVs, and electronic retailers like us will be anxious to see how the industry leaders react. Sony also exclaimed that starting this fall they will be selling more affordable 3D glasses for $69 each. It is yet to be seen if these glasses will be universally functional on all 3D TVs. Besides that, this new TV has some impressive tech behind it. Sony’s Two Player Mode allows two individuals to see two separate fullscreen images using stereoscopic active shutter glasses synched to only one screen. Previously, during a co-op or two-player gaming session the screen would be split down the middle, hindering the total viewing area for each player. This way both people can play without sacrificing any screen size. You get a unique, immersive experience sharing “two” TVs in one because the images superimpose on top of each other. Few testers of the product did comment on subtle signs of ghosting. So, at this point it is unclear what level of development the model is and whether or not will be a persistent issue. This is not the first time we’ve seen this technology of sharing screen images on the same TV using shutter glasses. At CES, the consumer electronic show in Las Vegas, NV earlier this year, Vizio presented their version of multiplayer mode. More importantly, we predict the future potential affordability for 3D glasses. XpanD offers Universal 3D Glasses® for $129.99. They have been designed to have the broadest possible compatibility with today’s and tomorrow’s 3D. The XpanD X103 glasses work in combination with state-of-the-art LCD technology, high-performance software, and simple and comfortable lightweight frames to deliver games, movies, pictures, and graphics in the highest quality 3D. The fast switching speed is an active solution to no headaches, ghosting or eyestrain as associated with other 3D solutions. Here is a list of 3D TVs and Projectors compatible with the XpanD Universal 3D Glasses (as of March 2011): Panasonic, LG, Mitsubishi (with compatible emitter), Phillips, Samsung, Sony, Sharp, Toshiba Microsoft is positioning itself with this Kinect Fun Labs technology to platform with individual developers or the general public in creating a community that invites innovation from everyone. Meanwhile, Sony may have success in popularizing 3D using its Playstation brand. This new morsel of gaming information from E3 helps drive innovative technology and entertainment industries. We can get excited how to use the capabilities of these technologies, versus traditional entertainment systems.

E3 Convention Highlights

E3, Electronic Entertainment Expo, is an annual convention where the hottest video games of the year are shown. This week wraps up the 3-day convention for 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Tons of press conferences and interviews and demonstrations with game developers sadly draw to a close. Are you wondering why YEW is talking about this, if we don’t even sell video games? Well, we want to know the trends in all generations of electronics and entertainment. That’s why we are bringing you just a few technology highlights from E3. Here’s a brief look at the coolest tech to look forward to: Kinect Fun Labs Microsoft has long been marketing the Kinect, motion-based technology for the Xbox 360, and announced many new games that will be integrated next year. But the most intriguing new feature is voice control. You’ll be able to speak dialog lines and issue commands and have game characters respond. The new Xbox activity is called Kinect Fun Labs uses both voice and new kinds of gesture control are available to Xbox Live members today. The company also announced that Google’s YouTube is coming to Xbox and Bing will also be integrated. You’ll be able to search via voice command for content on Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, and Live TV. For those of us that don’t have a gaming system, LG already offers Smart TVs for access to limitless content with many customizable applications, streaming movies and videos pre-loaded (with subscription and internet access). It has web browsing and services from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu and more. They recently announced AG-S110 3D active shutter glasses with liquid crystal technology to deliver images with virtually no ghosting or image trailing. It has a rechargeable battery for long lasting entertainment. Playstation HDTV At E3, Sony boasted that there will be more than a 100 games available in 3D this year. Almost all first and third-party Playstation exclusives showcased at this year’s show can be played in 3D. And so in a major effort to make 3D gaming more accessible to everyone, Sony has announced the Playstation 3D Display, a 24” LED LCD 1080p HDTV that will retail for $499 when it launches later this year. The price is a stimulating point because currently price is the biggest obstacle for 3D TVs, and electronic retailers like us will be anxious to see how the industry leaders react. Sony also exclaimed that starting this fall they will be selling more affordable 3D glasses for $69 each. It is yet to be seen if these glasses will be universally functional on all 3D TVs. Besides that, this new TV has some impressive tech behind it. Sony’s Two Player Mode allows two individuals to see two separate fullscreen images using stereoscopic active shutter glasses synched to only one screen. Previously, during a co-op or two-player gaming session the screen would be split down the middle, hindering the total viewing area for each player. This way both people can play without sacrificing any screen size. You get a unique, immersive experience sharing “two” TVs in one because the images superimpose on top of each other. Few testers of the product did comment on subtle signs of ghosting. So, at this point it is unclear what level of development the model is and whether or not will be a persistent issue. This is not the first time we’ve seen this technology of sharing screen images on the same TV using shutter glasses. At CES, the consumer electronic show in Las Vegas, NV earlier this year, Vizio presented their version of multiplayer mode. More importantly, we predict the future potential affordability for 3D glasses. XpanD offers Universal 3D Glasses® for $129.99. They have been designed to have the broadest possible compatibility with today’s and tomorrow’s 3D. The XpanD X103 glasses work in combination with state-of-the-art LCD technology, high-performance software, and simple and comfortable lightweight frames to deliver games, movies, pictures, and graphics in the highest quality 3D. The fast switching speed is an active solution to no headaches, ghosting or eyestrain as associated with other 3D solutions. Here is a list of 3D TVs and Projectors compatible with the XpanD Universal 3D Glasses (as of March 2011): Panasonic, LG, Mitsubishi (with compatible emitter), Phillips, Samsung, Sony, Sharp, Toshiba Microsoft is positioning itself with this Kinect Fun Labs technology to platform with individual developers or the general public in creating a community that invites innovation from everyone. Meanwhile, Sony may have success in popularizing 3D using its Playstation brand. This new morsel of gaming information from E3 helps drive innovative technology and entertainment industries. We can get excited how to use the capabilities of these technologies, versus traditional entertainment systems.

Monster Vision Max 3D Universal RF Shutter Glasses Coming Soon!

Monster Cable announced they are releasing a "universal 3D eyewear shutter system" called MonsterVISION MAX3D that uses RF (radio frequency) signals instead of IR (infrared) or white light synchronization. According to Monster, there will be three ways to go 3D: a full set that includes glasses and transmitter kit for $249, a single pair of glasses for $169, or just the transmitter for $59. Keep reading for more details! Monster Vision Max 3D Universal RF Shutter Glasses The 3D solutions from Monster Cable, MonsterVISION MAX3D, are scheduled for release at the end of summer and will feature a RF transmitter and 3D glasses that will work with any 3D HDTV! The glasses are a lightweight, glossy black design that can be worn all day, including over prescription glasses. RF vs IR Monster used RF because radio frequency systems can operate without line-of-sight, and are unaffected by common household issues such as CFL bulbs, sunlight and IR interference. What does this mean to you? With traditional IR glasses, the sync will be broken if you move around while watching 3D content because the IR signal will likely be broken temporarily. Only when you face the emitter again will the glasses and TV re-sync. With RF glasses you can move around, such as to grab a snack from a nearby table or maybe to switch seats -- all in perfect sync because radio waves pass through objects such as furniture, people and electronics. Pricing and Availability Full Kit (transmitter and glasses): $249 Pair of RF Glasses: $169 RF Transmitter: $59 The Monster Vision Max 3D products are slated for release in September. Bookmark this page and check back often for updates, or subscribe to our RSS feed for instant, automatic updates.

FAQ: Will PS3 Play 3D on DLP HDTV?

Will the Playstation 3 (PS3) play 3D (three dimensional) content on a DLP HDTV, such as Mitsubishi 3D Ready TVs? As of April 22, 2010, Sony released update 3.30, which enabled the PS3 to play 3D games. Not 3D movies, just games. Unfortunately there were no 3D games -- at least not full titles, just demos -- ready at launch. As of this writing (June 15, 2010) Sony has not yet released an update to the PS3's Blu-ray player that will enable it to play 3D Blu-ray movies. When is the PS3 3D Movie update coming? Nobody knows for sure except Sony, and they're not saying anything! Numerous public events, online forums and industry rumors put the launch later this summer, probably around the same time as Sony's new Bravia line hits stores, or perhaps closer to the fall right before the holiday shopping season ramps up. What formats will the PS3 support? Will they do checkerboard so I can use my Mitsubishi 3D Ready DLP? Currently there is no technical information available. It's hard to say if the PS3 will produce the required checkerboard format, but many people hope the answer is "yes". But if one considers how many people already own 3D ready TVs that use the checkerboard format, and the ability to update the PS3, it's probably a fair bet that the unit will support all the formats. Why do people have to upgrade TVs and not a newer version of PS3? The Playstation gaming system is primarily software based, meaning that software updates and firmware updates keep the machine at the cutting edge of technology. Since the machine's internal components don't have to be physically changed, you can keep the same PS3 and just run updates. If you already own a 3D Ready HDTV you will probably not have to upgrade, but it all depends on how the industry moves. It's just like the Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD battle, only with 3D there may be several formats that survive instead of just one.

FAQ about Mitsubishi 3D TV & Active Shutter Glasses

Do you have questions about 3D TV? Below are answers to commonly asked questions about 3D Ready Mitsubishi HDTVs, active shutter glasses, 3D signal types and display formats, HDMI requirements and what you need to get the most out of your 3D home theater.  1. How do I watch 3D content on my Mitsubishi 3D Ready HDTV? Watching 3D content on your Mitsubishi 3D Ready HDTV requires purchasing the 3DA-1 3D Adapter Kit or the 3DC-1000 3D Starter Pack. Both 3D TV kits include the adapter and emitter necessary to receive the HDMI 1.4a signals from your Blu-ray player, cable box, satellite DVR, Sony Playstation 3 PS3 or Xbox 360 and convert them to the checkerboard format. The 3DC-1000 includes LCD active shutter glasses while the 3DA-1 kit does not. 2. What Mitsubishi TVs are compatible with the 3D Adapter Kit/Starter Package? DLP projection HDTVs manufactured in 2007 or later can produce 3D effects. Here is a complete list of compatible Mitsubishi TVs: 2007 WD-57833, WD-65833, WD-73833 (3D feature called "FX Gaming") 2008 WD-60735, WD-60C8, WD-65735, WD-65736, WD-65835, WD-65C8, WD-73735, WD-73736, WD-73835, WD-73C8, L65-A90 2009 WD-60737, WD-60C9, WD-65737, WD-65837, WD-65C9, WD-73737, WD-73837, WD-73C9, WD-82737, WD-82837 2010 WD-60638, WD-60C10, WD-60738, WD-65638, WD-65C10, WD-65738, WD-65838, WD-73638, WD-73C10, WD-73738, WD-73838, WD-82738, WD-82838, L75-A91 3. What is different about the new 3D TV technology, and can everyone experience it? The last several years have seen huge jumps in 3D technology, with numerous platforms being developed and cinemas around the world deploying 3D systems. But the biggest jump has been from the throw-away anaglyph (red/cyan) glasses to the home theater active shutter glasses. This new technology allows viewers to experience 3D content in their own home with higher contrast, higher resolution and better color than the stereoscopic glasses of old. While the vast majority of viewers can experience 3D content, some people suffer from stereo blindness, which means the added depth of 3D will appear 2D. But wearing the glasses will retain the intended appearance of the content but will lack the 3D punch available to regular-sighted viewers. And if you wear prescription glasses, the active shutter glasses are designed to fit over/in front of your normal glasses. Contact lens wearers are not affected. 4. Are 3D glasses absolutely necessary? Yes. When your TV is in 3D mode it displays an image that appears distorted without 3D glasses. While the images may be discernible without 3D glasses, there will be no added depth and the distortion may cause discomfort. 5. Will I have to buy all new components to get 3D content? If you have a standard Blu-ray Disc player then you will have to upgrade. There are models specifically designed for 3D playback and are marketed as such. It's possible that manufacturers will provide updates for older players, but it's more likely that they will stop producing non-3D players and push 3D versions instead. Both Sony PS3 and Xbox 360 have games and settings that allow 3D content to be displayed properly on your Mitsubishi HDTV. Plus, more games, movies, shows and sports are being produced in 3D, so check with your cable or satellite provider for details. 6. Can I use my existing HDMI cable or do I have to upgrade? If you have an HDMI category 2 high speed cable (or better) you are fine. The HDMI standards allow for varying degrees of bandwidth and features, so if you have a good cable from the last couple years it will be compatible with the 1.4a standards required by 3D. Of course upgrading your cable to an actual 1.4 version is recommended because the new cables incorporate an Ethernet channel, return audio and general improvements associated with technology and design improvements. 7. Is there 3D content available to watch or should I wait? Don't wait. The major motion picture companies have produced and are distributing 3D films on Blu-ray, and cable companies such as Comcast, Time Warner and Cox Communications have begun providing 3D content. Satellite providers DirecTV and DISH Network are making 3D movies and sports a top priority, and ESPN plans to have major sporting events in 3D very soon. In short, 3D is here and is catching on fast - it will soon be mainstream. 8. Are Mitsubishi 3D Ready HDTVs compatible with DLP Link glasses? Yes. All Mitsubishi 3D Ready HDTVs are compatible with DLP Link glasses. Plus, the TVs have a VESA jack so non-DLP Link glasses can be synchronized. 9. Are all 3D active shutter glasses the same, and are they cross-compatible? No and no. Active shutter glasses have to be synchronized to the TV to work properly and create the 3D effects. But there are many types of glasses: some are infrared (IR), some use Bluetooth or radio frequency (RF), just like some are meant for DLP displays and others just for LCDs. So make sure that when you purchase your TV and 3D kit they are designed to work with each other, and if your friends want to bring their glasses be sure to make sure they will work. 10. What is the difference between a 3D signal the the 3D TV display pattern? The 3D signal is the information sent from the source (like a Blu-ray player) to the TV or adapter. That data is then converted into a display pattern of a certain format. Mitsubishi HDTVs use checkerboard. There are three types of signals that are converted to checkerboard: Frame Packing: super-high resolution 3D signal that requires a lot of bandwidth so is not suitable for satellite or cable systems, just Blu-ray players and gaming systems. The typical signal is 1080p/24fps or 720p/60fps. Side-by-Side: these 3D signals contain two frames - one for each eye - that are suitable for satellite and cable transmissions. They are also suitable for Blu-ray discs. The typical signal is 1080p/24fps, 1080p/30fps, 1080i/60fps or 720p/60fps. Top-Bottom: Just like the signal type above, only the frames are split in half the other way. These 3D signals contain two frames - one for each eye - that are suitable for satellite and cable transmissions. They are also suitable for Blu-ray discs. The typical signal is 1080p/24fps, 1080p/30fps, 1080i/60fps or 720p/60fps.
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