The latest version of Nintendo's wildly, globally popular DS handheld gaming system (which goes on sale this weekend in the US) is an exciting gadget. It's the first major mainstream launch of a glasses-free 3-D display, something that bodes well for the future of the extra-dimensional entertainment world currently being pursued at full throttle by multiple industries. Is glasses-free 3-D gaming for real? I've been playing for the last week to find out.
Good morning! We're getting set up at Nintendo's 3DS event in NYC, where we're expecting all the details--price, dates, games--on the 3DS U.S. launch. Follow along on Twitter (@PopSci) right now for all the news as it happens. The fun begins at 9AM EST. Update: March 27, $250, 30 games in the three-month "launch window" is the news of the day.
By David ThomasPosted 06.15.2010 at 6:30 pm 23 Comments
We've just spent some hands-on time with the Nintendo 3DS, the 3-D version of the company's classic DS platform unveiled earlier today at E3. While at first it's tough to shake the idea that it's little more than a gimmick, the 3-D effect does work. And perhaps most importantly, it works without the clunky glasses.
Today Sharp announced plans that could turn your cellphone into a 3-D-shooting mini film studio as early as next year. The company today unveiled a mobile-phone 3-D camera capable of shooting in high def.
The module captures 720p stereoscopic (two-eyed) video and is only about two inches wide. To put that in perspective: Fuji's 3-D camera uses much larger, heavier sensors and only records standard-def video.
The battle to control type-1 diabetes in children could get a little easier -- as long as the kids keep playing with their Nintendos. Bayer Diabetes Care unveiled a new gadget Monday that aims to help kids manage their disease by tapping into their love for video games.
The DIDGET blood glucose meter connects to Nintendo DS and DS Lite gaming systems, awarding points for consistently testing blood sugar levels and meeting blood-glucose targets. Kids can use the points to unlock different levels in video games online and through their gaming systems.
Everything old is new again as Civilization conquers the console
By Steve MorgensternPosted 05.29.2008 at 1:21 pm 4 Comments
A console version of Civilization? For many PC gamers, that's as heretical as a Citizen Kane TV series–you just don't mess with the classics of popular culture. In this case, though, the man helming the project is the same guy who started it all, legendary designer Sid Meier. After struggling with the challenge for two years, Sid's found a way to streamline his turn-based strategy game without lobotomizing it.