The last few years have been high on 3-D hype and low on 3-D substance. Seemingly every hardware maker, whether they're making giant HDTVs or minuscule smartphones, has stuffed 3-D tech into their gadgets, but there's hardly any actual 3-D content out there to watch. That's starting to change, with major announcements from Sony, ESPN, Vudu, and, yes, Penthouse proving that there might just be some use to 3DTVs beyond Jackass 3D.
3D glasses are a hot topic at CES 2011. Monster has been bragging about their $250 pair that works with any 3DTV. Samsung debuted their "lightest pair ever," weighing in at just one ounce. And Vizio — among others — have been touting the fact that their passive 3DTVs work with the cheap-o polarized glasses you get at the movies.
But what has really caught our attention are those that have managed to nix the eyewear all together.
Sony's conference at CES had one obvious theme: Make everything 3-D. It seemed like everything they announced last year was back, except now it's in 3-D. That includes camcorders, cameras, pocket camcorders, TVs, Blu-ray players, and laptops. Pretty much the only thing that wasn't 3-D was the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc--a really nice-looking Android smartphone focused on entertainment and media above all else.
Let your breaths out: Popular Photography has finally named its Camera of the Year. The winner is the fascinating, powerful hybrid Sony A55. Read the full review and see why the editors were unanimous in their choice of the innovator.
Earlier this year, I bought my first DSLR, and took it (and its gigantic lens) everywhere. My vacation photos and day-to-day snaps never looked better. But I couldn't say the same for my left (A.K.A. my bag-carrying) shoulder. So slowly, day by day, I stopped lugging my camera around with me. Then along came Sony's NEX-5.
Have you been dying to capture your entire life on video, but worried you'll look like a weirdo with all those cameras and devices attached to you? Now you can just don your favorite pair of nerd glasses and track everything you do.
Sony Computer Science Laboratories, in collaboration with the University of Tokyo, has developed a lightweight lifelogging device that tracks the user's eye movement, determining his or her objects of interest.
We're putting things that used to be on paper on video devices, things usually associated with large video screens onto pocket-sized devices, and now Sony is putting video on a flexible OLED screen thin enough to be rolled around a pencil like a sheet of paper, without interrupting the video.
Sony's new camera series bring larger sensors, interchangeable lenses and HD video in a surprisingly small package
By Popular Photography
Posted 05.11.2010 at 11:34 am 1 Comment
Just a few months ago, Sony made it clear that the next extension of its Alpha brand would come in the form of an HD-video-shooting interchangeable lens compact. Now, those prototypes have become full-blown cameras in the form of the new NEX-3 and NEX-5, which will be hitting shelves in July. Both come packing the same new 14.2-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, which is almost 60% bigger (23.4mm x 15.6mm) than what you'll find inside a Micro Four Thirds body. Click on for a hands-on preview and a full gallery of test shots from our sister site, PopPhoto.com.
With a few tricks, you can get more content than you ever thought possible off your computer and onto your TV screen
By Darren Murph
Posted 05.10.2010 at 12:37 am 0 Comments
It’s been a fun ride, but it may be the beginning of the end for conventional cable subscriptions and DVRs. A ton of original TV programming and other media is on the Web, and there are a number of ways to stream it to your flat screen. Many methods use equipment you may already own, but to really access all the content that’s out there, you’ll need to make a few hardware and software tweaks. Here are three options to help you ditch the cable company.
Own a Windows computer and an Xbox 360? If so, you’ve already got a robust home-entertainment setup.
More than a year after the first consumer 3-D-ready HDTVs were demoed at CES, the next generation of sets are going on sale this week. But, aside from the new TVs, glasses, and Blu-ray players, the question of content remains. While there are already brand partnerships with networks like Discovery and ESPN, that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Wireless TV just got a whole new meaning. Sony has just announced a new short-range, intra-gadget technology that clocks a 11Gbps transfer speed. The tech, known as millimeter-wave, allows electronics innards to communicate wirelessly with one another, which could allow for slimmer designs and fewer wires--that means fewer connections to sever, and potentially more reliable gadgets.
Nearly every camera maker has their own Flip-style pocket camcorder, and by and larger they're all the same. Sony's Bloggie, though, ups the stakes, becoming the first consumer camcorder to record full, 360-degree panoramic footage.
It's tough to make sense of the maelstrom of gear released at CES. So thick is the swarm of new HDTVs, PMPs and other acronym-bearing curios, that the handful of truly interesting things on display is, well, easy to miss.
Here, we've selected the gadgets that truly impressed us this year. And as is the PopSci way, our picks are not only impressive here in January 2010; they represent a glimpse at what we can expect from the future of consumer electronics.
Efficient new laptops can run multiple programs without sucking extra wattage. That’s because they pace themselves. Their processors can shut down partially when the screen is static or when running simple tasks, and ramp up to full steam when big programs call for it.
The 3-D thrill that swept movie theaters last year is now headed for your living room. In the wake of a new Blu-ray standard for high-definition 3-D, Panasonic, Sony and Samsung are all releasing home-theater setups that can display 3-D movies in full high-def glory. Using a combo of 3-D-capable Blu-ray players, TVs and, yes, glasses, the systems are able to deliver separate, full-screen, 1080p pictures to each eye. The technique they use creates a picture as vivid as in a movie theater without requiring a major overhaul of TV technology.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.