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January 2, 2010

On the Moon in 3D in 1969

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Apollo 12 and Surveyor 3 Stereo View
Credit Apollo 12, NASA; Stereo Image by Patrick Vantuyne

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Long ago I'd read that the Apollo astronauts used the side-step, "cha-cha" method of capturing at least some of their lunar photography in 3D. Now I've stumbled upon a Belgian 3D artist, Patrick Vantuyne, who has taken NASA's images and optimizd them for stereo view.

The image above was created from two frames of film (AS12-48-7133, AS12-48-7134) taken of Apollo 12 astronaut Pete Conrad visiting the Surveyor 3 spacecraft in November of 1969. The most expensive location shoot ever!

Check out his Flickr account and his web site, www.tridi.be



January 5, 2010

3D TV Announcement: ESPN and Discovery, Imax & Sony

The sports channel ESPN will debut ESPN 3D on June 11, with a World Cup Soccer match making history as the first all three-dimensional television network.

They are committed to broadcast in 3D for a year, at which point they will see if interest warrants continuing. You will need a new 3D-capable television set and a pair of glasses to view the 3D content. For more, go here, from USA Today.

Expected to be announced later today at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is a joint venture for 3D television by partners Discovery, Imax and Sony. Read about this here from the NY Times.

January 6, 2010

Television Begins Push into the 3rd Dimension - New York Times

“The stars are aligning to make 2010 the launch year of 3-D,” said John Taylor, a vice president for LG Electronics USA. “It’s still just in its infancy, but when there is a sufficient amount of content available — and lots of people are working on this — there will be a true tipping point for consumers.”

The New York Times follows up on its coverage of 3D television technology today with a detailed article, here. They also published a great graphic explaining how active shutter technology works.

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January 8, 2010

Panasonic's twin-lensed 3D camcorder, the NY Times wonders if 3D will 'Move beyond Gimmicks' & Samsung's skinny 3D TV

NYSS member Dimitris Athos sent us this link from Gizmodo about Panasonic's dual-lensed 3D camcorder. It has a Fall 2010 shipping date and will set you back $21,000 so start hoarding your pennies now.

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Dave Kehr ponders the future of 3D cinema in the New York Times and provides an interactive time-line of 3D movie landmarks, here. My only question is why didn't they get Ray Zone to write this article, considering the um, depth of his knowledge on the subject?

Wired reports on Samsung's new super skinny 3D LED TV's that range in size from 19 to 65 inches. Especially intriguing was the info that these sets will contain a proprietary 3D engine that converts 2D video to 3D on the fly.

Oh, really?

I'd love to see this demonstrated, given that every previous attempt at this technology has produced quite poor results. Isn't this sort of like the colorization of classic B&W movies that Turner commissioned back in the late 80s? All that did was emphasis Humphrey Bogart's toupee in film's like The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca.

This also raises the issue of what an audience wants to see in 3D. Sports and films? Yes, obviously. Joy Behar's face on The View? Not so much, I think.

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January 12, 2010

3D TV: The Nay-Sayers

Dan Costa of PCMag.com reports from CES in Las Vegas that 1.) the 3D televisions on display don't look very good 2.) 3D is a gimmick who's appeal will fade over time and 3.) no one will wear those glasses, those damned goofy glasses. He calls the current roll out of 3D television "a formula for failure." Read the complete article here.

Phillip de Wet also rains on the 3D TV parade in the Daily Maverick in a piece titled "Analysis: Why You Won't Be Buying a 3D TV (Until You Are Forced To)." Read the complete article here. One of his major complaints? Those "big, heavy, dorky glasses with cables running from them."

Let's remember, though, that tech writers have a lousy track record when it comes to prescience.

Here's a classic example. In 1984 in the San Francisco Examiner John C. Dvorak wrote, “The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a ‘mouse’. There is no evidence that people want to use these things. I don’t want one of these new-fangled devices.”

And, of course, mouse technology never did catch on in computing. . .No, wait a minute, it did! I'm using one right now, 26 years later.

Still, you've got to love John, a man who's response to anything new in tech is predictably, "It stinks!" And who can forget the popular, loveable Leo LaPorte who predicted failure for the iPhone claiming that's not a market Apple can compete in.

There's an Arabic saying that I think applies here: "The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on."

January 13, 2010

Porn Industry Cautious about 3D TV; Production Cost and Glasses Sited

Ali Joone, founder of Digital Playground, said 3D movies cost about 30 percent more to make than traditional films due to the setup time, the need for two cameras and a more intricate post-production process.

3D glasses are also an issue, he said, because people don't want to be encumbered by eyewear when viewing a film. "I think the glasses are the barrier," he said.

But Joone believes the 3D experience is compelling enough that it will catch on in time. The sense of voyeurism is heightened by 3D, he said, and will make people feel as if they are in the room with the actors and actresses.

For the complete article at IT World by Dan Nystedt and Martyn Williams, go here.

January 15, 2010

Popular Mechanics and David "I'm Not a Journalist"* Pogue Weigh in on 3D TV

"It's the Glasses, Stupid!"

Erik Sofge, writing in Popular Mechanics, is unimpressed by 3D TV and finds 3D in films, including Avatar, unconvincing (what the what?). But he believes that 3D gaming is the bomb-diggity, mostly because he thinks gamers are the only audience who can "bear to put on a bunch of dumb-looking glasses and embarrass themselves in front of each other." Read his analysis here.

First of all, those glasses. E-w-w-w. Do we really want to have to put on glasses every time we sit down for some TV? Don’t we lose something when we look around the room to exchange glances, and we can’t see anyone’s eyes? Do we really want to nuzzle up to our fiancées and spouses with those things on? — David Pogue

Read Pogue's complete New York Times article, "Want It or Not, TV Goes 3D" here.

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* In 2009, defending himself against conflict of interest charges — he reviews products and software that he sells books about (his Missing Manual imprint at O'Reilly) — Pogue defended himself by saying that the books are where he earns the majority of his income and that he is "not a journalist."

Now, I love Pogue's work and have followed him since his days as the last page of the monthly MacWorld magazine. But if he's not a journalist, shouldn't there be a disclaimer run alongside his by-line in the Times? Isn't tech writing some form of journalism?

January 18, 2010

London Tabloid reports New James Bond Film to be 3D; Also Madonna Carrying Pope's Baby

The Sun, a gossip-fueled London tabloid not noted for its fact-checking, claims un-named sources tell it the next film in the James Bond franchise will be in 3D here.

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Of course, a phone call to Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, who control the Bond franchise, could have either scotched or supported this rumor. So until you hear it from their lips, officially, please consider this non-news. We just wanted to run a Photoshopped picture of Daniel Craig wearing anaglyph glasses.

Though apparently it is true that Madonna is having a love child with Pope Benedict XVI.

The Sun will stake its reputation on that.

Of course, I'm just kidding about that last story. The Sun has never claimed any connection between Madonna and the current Pope. There simply isn't time for such silliness. They're too busy getting the facts nailed down on today's exclusive: Britney Spears spotted jewelry shopping in an ill-fitting bra.

January 22, 2010

3D Vision Blog — New Website

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There's a new site devoted to 3D called 3D Vision Blog and, of course, we want to let our audience know about it. It's billed as "A Normal User's Look into the World of 3D Stereo Technologies" and we wish them the best. Since no one here at the NYSS can be considered "normal" on the subject of 3D, we look forward to the coverage this blog offers.

One thing is that is absolutely NOT true is that we are covering this site solely because we wanted to run a stereo pair of Sandra Sanchez from the site Adult4D, the home of a "new" stereo format: HD-3D. Adult4D says it's the world's first high-definition, stereoscopic immersive erotica web site. Please note this site is NSFW.

An interview with Sir Thomas Graf de Porneau, who founded Adult4D, is currently featured on 3D Vision Blog's home page.

And for those of you who may think that the founder's name is a ridiculous nom de porn, it so happens that I went to high school with a Thomas Graf de Porneau.

So if you're the same Thomas Graf de Porneau who was in Mr. McNeil's period two science class with me in Mickleburg, OH in 1985, please email me care of this site. Nice to see you doing so well, Tommy.

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January 26, 2010

The Top 2010 3D TV Models and The Future of Television from Digital Trends

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The website Digital Trends has two items of interest: a photo gallery of the 2010 3D TV models from several companies and an analysis of the history of television leading up to the potential technologies for 3D TV.

In my opinion, the killer app for 3D TV will be auto stereoscopic displays, like the one on the back of the Fuji W1, although with a larger "sweet spot."

In other news Avatar has now become the highest grossing film of all time and Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. But this is a deceptive statistic because it measures ticket price, not the actual number of tickets sold. By number of tickets sold Avatar currently ranks as the 26th most popular film at the box office according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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