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3D fires up display tech revolution

Posted: 06 Jul 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3D? 3D TV? display technology? 3D PC? software?

Meanwhile, MSI has launched 3D-ready product prototype*#8212;24-inch Wind Top 3D AIO Hometheater (AE2420/2400), equipped with 120Hz touch screen display, 3D Infinity glasses, and the 3D Station technology to convert 2D contents into 3D. Furthermore, MSI also demonstrated the GT660 and FX600 laptops jointly developed with Dynaudio, expected to mass production in July.

Auto-stereoscopic 3D
With the grandness and enthusiasm for all the PC manufacturers to demonstrate their 3D PC products in Computex this year, Delux Chen, industry analyst of Photonics Industry & Technology Development Association (PIDA) said, 2010 will be the year of 3D PC, while 3D displaying technology with stereoscopes still will be the mainstream of 3D PC in the next five years.

From TV to PC, 3D display is marching for its ultimate goal of home entertainment market. (Source: CPT)

Up till now, 3D display with stereoscopes is still the mainstream. A complete 3D PC should include a pair of 3D active shutter glasses, a 120Hz 3D-capable display, and a hardware computing units (e.g. graphic processor) that is capable of delivering high-definition imagery to the 3D display.

However, in parallel with stereoscopic 3D toward commercialization, auto-stereoscopic 3D technology with emphasis no glasses is also speeding its pace of development.

Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has developed a nine-view 42-inch auto-stereoscopic digital signage, with 1920 x 1080 HD video playback support. "Converting 2D video into 3D format by this self-developed video processing software, plus nine-view design and arc viewing angle, this large display could play 3D videos smoothly," according to Stephen Jeng, director of 3D system and application division, EOL ITRI.

Jeng noted that ITRI has developed the video processing software and hardware. The video converting and processing are initially accomplished via software, but now these jobs are handed to hardware process. Hardware variation is anticipated to roll out by end of this year, providing lower-cost video processing resolutions for Taiwan industry.

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