It’s our second day into 2013 and we’re already really excited for what’s to come this year in tech. Most of these devices won’t be much of a surprise, while others may come out even later than the end of 2013… or not at all. So what should we expect this year in everything electronic?
It’s that time of year again, Black Friday is just around the corner with Cyber Monday and Small business Tuesday right behind. Although, it seems, more and more online stores ignore Cyber Monday and have an entire week of crazy sales. We don’t have the inside word on what deals to expect, but we do know what new tech gifts you should keep and eye out for and what deals you’ll probably see come Black Friday. So get your wallet out, a hot cup of coffee for those long lines and your most comfortable shoes ready, cause the shopping season is here!
Greetings Blue Dots! Has your mom sold your PlayStation at a yard sale? Well no worries, if you bought one of our refurbished newer Android phones, you won’t need it anymore! Your friend and guru of all things Android is going to teach you how to take all your old game discs and jam them into you phone’s micro SD card. Time may be of the essence though, as the realm of video game emulation seems to be a gray area for developers in the Android Market.
Long ago, when red and blue (or green) glasses were the only way people could watch a movie in 3D, it appeared and faded quickly. It’s fading was probably expected, how long could someone stand watching a movie with only red or blue. Not to mention the headaches it could cause. Polarized glasses were around in the 50′s, but it was expensive to print and film. For a while 3D was out of the picture, then suddenly it made a resurgence. We can blame the hype of Avatar and it’s record breaking sales for the sudden onslaught of 3D films. Technology was now at the point that making a film 3D wasn’t that expensive, and in some cases, drew more ticket sales. The rise of digital downloads and streaming movies have made it tougher and tougher for theaters to get us off the couch and into a theater seat. 3D, was the answer according to the industry. They needed something that you couldn’t get at home and 3D was that something.
The entertainment industry has been focusing on 3D technology in the film industry with intensity for the past few years. Just recently has the industry been scoping out the consumer market, pushing for 3D technology in the household.
The trouble with 3D, of course, is that the viewer is forced to wear special glasses; the old-school red-and-blue cardboard goggles, or the more modern tinted shades. Until the family can sit around a television and not have to don a funny pair of glasses, 3D-at-home is walking is crutches.
But what if you could limit a 3D screen to only one viewer at a time? This is the concept that may be ideal for handheld devices? TR10 in conjunction with Samsung and Dynamic Digital Depth have been experimenting with a new model for Smart Phones.
Because the device (Samsung B710) can be adjusted and angled by a single viewer, it unlocks the ability to sustain a three-dimensional image by reflecting outward light according to the position of the phone.
When the B710 is moved from a vertical to a horizontal position, the on-screen image jumps from 2D to 3D. While this isn’t a function that would be particularly useful while making calls, we’re all aware that we use our phones for much more than that. This 3D functionality will include a wide range of handheld entertainment for the phone (Nintendo could be looking at this technology for their next handheld entertainment system).
Once this application is perfected, the possibilities are endless. This could bring a whole new “dimension” to the way we interact with our mobile devices.
Dynamic Digital Depth is beginning to develop another device that extracts the 3D data that already exists in most next-gen console video games. Theoretically, this would turn any existing video game into 3D.
The future is uncertain—but the growth of new technologies is compelling enough to keep us all buried in the anticipation.
Sources: Technology Review |