Last year saw the introduction of 3D into a range of products, and on the back of announcements from the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, this year we’ll see better performance, consumer-generated content and more affordable pricing for the third dimension.
Last year showed us that electronics makers shouldn’t count on movie studios to deliver 3D content for the 3D displays and players they’ve invested so heavily in, so this year they’re looking to consumers to create their own 3D content.
The Bloggie 3D will let you make your own 3D flick when it arrives later this year.
Sony’s Bloggie 3D is a simple and easy-to-use personal video camera that uses two sensors and two lenses to capture video in 3D. A 3D screen on the back is a nice touch and enables you to watch what you’ve shot, without having to wear stereoscopic glasses.
JVC and Sony will join Panasonic, which debuted the world’s first consumer 3D camcorder in 2010 (HDC SDT750), in releasing dedicated consumers 3D camcorders. JVC’s GS-TD1 and Sony’s HDR-TD10 (above) will both shoot Full HD 3D to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, while also including touchscreens offering glasses-less 3D. Both cameras also feature fairly decent low-light lenses, with the Sony using a f/1.8 and the JVC offering a f/1.2.
Computers too will enter the third dimension, with HP, Sony, Fujitsu and Dell to introduce laptops using Nvidia’s active 3D glasses in 2011. This technology relies on hundred-buck glasses, and can’t be used with your 3D TV screen, so seems unlikely to find a wide audience until 3D monitors are more widespread.
Toshiba, which already markets a 3D notebook computer locally (Toshiba Qosmio X500), is looking at ditching the glasses on at least of one its 3D laptops, but we don’t expect to see that model until 2011 at the earliest.