LG - Michael Ahn, LG's CEO, just dropped the 3D bomb at their press conference... "Next big thing is 3D" 3D chipset will be integrated in all TVs, plasma and LCD models will be on display at the booth. ALL LG TVs will be 3D-Ready??? Really???
Next3D XBOX 360 3D Movie Player - Next3D is going to offer a stereo 3D movie player and download service for the XBOX 360. Details are light at the moment, but, a beta sign-up is available for XBOX 360 owners w/ 3D-Ready TVs.
Sony 3D LCDs - Sony will unveil new 3D-Ready TVs this week, using their sponsorship of Fox's 3D broadcast of the BCS championship game to promote the announcement. Sony will show the 3D game to VIPs at the show.
Viewsonic - Here's something we didn't already know about going in: The new Viewsonic 3D-ready PJD6220-3D works with active shutterglasses (sounds like in accepts checkboarded input and does the DLP wobbulation thing). It has a native 1,024 X 768 res, 2,200 lumen output and a 2,000:1 contrast ratio. Available in Feburary for $1,499 (not to bad at all).
Nvidia Shutterglasses - Nvidia's very stylish $199 shutterglasses are now available for order (yes, we did) and will ship in less than 1 week. The glasses come bundled with a IR emitter and stereoscopic driver software (requires PC, Nvidia card and 3D-Ready TV or display). At launch, their driver will support 350 game titles in stereo 3D.
Panasonic - Panasonic is expected to roll-out a series of 3D-ready plasma displays this week. We'll get the 411 on input format, etc. as soon as we can.
Dolby Stereo 3D Encoder - Dolby will demonstrate a prototype 3D encoding technique that uses checkerboard interlacing to deliver stereo 3D over Blu-ray and other H.264-based formats. (We assume that encoder follows the draft H.264, MP4 multi-view specification). Dolby is now the latest to throw their hat into the 3D format ring, along with Panasonic, TDVision, Philips, Sensio, TriDef, Visumotion. As the H.264 specification seems to quickly be gaining ground as a standard, hopefully we will avoid massively divergent format wars for stereo 3D. One wonders... Is Dolby is simply pre-cherkerboarding video and running the H.264 encoder in a 100% bit-for-bit perfect lossless mode. If so, how much 1080P can you get on a 50gig disc without lossy compression? Are they relying on the hinted-at additions to H.264 multi-view that compresses while preserving the checkerboard? Would such a process be fully backward compatible with existing Blu-ray players, as Dolby has claimed their process to be? We're on the case.
Soyo - Soyo has announced 46" Crystal 3D Series LCD HDTVs and Pearl 3D Series 22 and 24" LCD Monitors. No word yet on input format.