3D Creeping In to Our Daily Lives – Is it an Illusion or a Reality?
Welcome back to the physical universe. Oops! I actually meant the depth perception of physical universe in which we live.
Even though 3D (three dimensional) technology is no new concept for the industry, it certainly seems that the media and entertainment industry is gearing up for a big shift in terms of embracing 3D technology as a significant change that could rule the roost in the times to come.
The 3D technology is prevalent since quite a while now, but one of the biggest trigger that has prompted the television and entertainment industry to adopt 3D could well be the phenomenal success record of the movie Avatar.
Samsung has topped the race of rolling out the first commercially available next generation 3D LED TV. The Korean electronic giant has brought the theatrical 3D delight right into your living room.
The 3D television is the latest buzzword in the consumer electronic segment. However, this buzz has a roadblock in the near term. As of now, the development of 3D content is still very limited in India and is an expensive affair.
The technology is relatively in its infancy stage and is expected to receive a fillip once there is more quality content to cater the target audience. Slowly, the major studios have started to back the 3D format projects and it could be only a matter of time before such projects aided by quality content are widely publicized.
3D Interface Technology
The rising popularity of the 3D content is not just limited to the television sets. This fact can be gauged from the news that Google has recently acquired a top Canadian firm BumpTop which pioneered a 3D interface technology for Mac and Windows PCs.
This acquisition of BumpTop is the fifth such deal within a month by Google to counter with Apple’s growing dominance in the world of gadgets.
In one another new development, IBM scientists have created a 3D map of the earth so small that 1000 of them could fit on a single grain of salt, by using a tiny silicon tip with a sharp apex to create patterns and structures as small as15 nanometer.
This new technique could go a long way in developing nanosized objects in fields such as electronics and future chip technology.
3D Mobile Display Panels
According to a report, Sharp plans to launch 3D panels for mobile gear. The company plans to make advanced 3D displays for cell phones and other mobile devices that can be accessed without any need to put on those viewing glasses.
Well, did I say 3D without those viewing glasses? Yes, precisely that.
Thus, the reach of this not-so-new technology is slowly creeping into the daily life of people from as far as theatrical experiences to a closer living room and now even personal mobile devices.
3D Telepresence is next new thing which offers a new generation of video-based interaction tools for the businesses. This new version of 3D embedded technology enables various business groups or teams come together even as they collaborate from various different destinations.
This new tool offers a high quality definition of interaction experience at an affordable investment costs when compared to related traveling expenses that could have been incurred to ensure physical concurrence of team members at a particular destination.
The 3D display system, cameras and IP connectivity enables the participants to experience the true to life dimension image of the team members at the other end.
3D Memory Chips
Toshiba is eyeing production of new generation of 3D memory chips, where chips and components are stacked vertically, to ultimately replace conventional NAND flash chips.
The regular flash chips are found inside USB sticks and memory cards. They are also found embedded in digital cameras and mobile devices. By adopting 3D technology, the memory stick increases the capacity of the chips without having to deal smaller memory cells.
Sony’s new NEX-5 and NEX-3 performance compact cameras are the first alpha cameras, which are expected to be out around this July, featuring Sweep Panorama, which allows user to capture up to 226-degree horizontal or 151-degree vertical shots with a single lens.
The high speed burst of frames is stitched together using new processing techniques to automatically create 3D panoramas. These files can be enjoyed in 3D on compatible 3D TV sets.
Hollywood director James Cameron is said to be considering sequel to 3D blockbuster ‘Avatar’. The movie’s producer Jon Landau said, “don’t think we will ever make another 2D film. Why would we make a movie in black and white if we have colour?”
Ultimately, all screens would move to 3D technology be it mobile devices, memory chips, computer screens or your domestic television sets.
What say? Is this 3D world illusive or something about reality in upcoming times?