The Other Stuff
In my first report from CEATEC Japan 2008, I more or less covered the technologies that almost every brand at the show wanted to be a part of. However, I also found numerous other interesting bits and bobs tucked away in the darker recesses of some stands, kicking off with…
It appears that film director James Titanic, Terminator Cameron isn’t the only person obsessed with 3D these days. For starters, Pioneer was showing off a 3D concept in really quite bizarre fashion by sticking a bottle with a lemon in it into a screen showing a vaguely 3D rendition of some fish. Right you are.
A far more satisfying and advanced display of 3D technology was on offer on the JVC stand. Here they had a real-time 2D-3D processor at work converting perfectly ordinary TV pictures into 3D with startlingly, almost miraculously good results. In fact, I’d almost argue that the 3D images the JVC system was producing were more effective than those I’ve seen with 3D source material, since you don’t have to put up with the sort of stupid, distractingly excessive 3D ‘demo moments’ people shooting in 3D just can’t seem to resist!
JVC’s 2D/3D technology is very much still at the prototype stage, though, as you can probably guess from the ‘straight from the lab’ design of the converter unit we’ve pictured. For a more ‘real world’ example of 3D in action, I had to head back over to the Panasonic stand.
Here, in a specially screened off room, you could find Panasonic showing off the world’s first 3D Full HD plasma theatre system, comprising a 103in plasma TV, a specially tweaked Blu-ray player, and a proprietary set of glasses with electronically controlled alternating shutters.
Considering the extremely specialised nature of its components, we found the Panasonic system to work surprisingly well with footage like the closing ceremony from the Beijing Olympics – or at least as well as 3D ever seems to work in a TV environment. And its claim that it retains a Full HD resolution even though each frame of the special Blu-ray discs is having to carry twice as much data makes it an innovation that’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.