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If you scored yourself Vuzix’s Wrap 1200 side-by-side 3D video eyewear last month, you may want to know the company’s VR variant is now available for $600 (about 100 bones more). With the Wrap 1200VR, you’ll again be viewing a simulated 75-inch 3D (or 2D, if you’d prefer) display at ten feet away, in up to 720p HD via its dual monitor setup. The VR bit comes from the included Wrap Tracker 6TC with compass, which enables head-tracking with three degrees of freedom. Better yet, its coupled drift control should maintain silky smooth visuals when you’re tilting your noggin’ to scope out the on-screen action. Out of box, these specs are said to play nice with most Windows machine’s graphics cards and VGA connections, but adapters are required to rock them with your PS3 or Xbox 360. If your eyes are already tearing up with joy, you’ll find full details in the PR just past the break.

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Remember that crazy wearable 3D display concept Sony was showing off at CES 2011? Turns out the company is actually going to make it, and the HMZ-T1 is scheduled to be released in Japan on November 11th. While the design has changed slightly since we first laid our eyes, and heads, on it, the specs appear to be the same, with two 1280×720 0.7-inch OLED panels mounted in front of each eye giving the wearer an experience similar to viewing a 750-inch screen from 20m away, as well as 5.1 surround sound from headphones integrated into the Head Mounted Display (HMD). You can see the helmet above, as well as the processor unit (complete with HDMI input and output, so you can take off the helmet and watch on TV) that it must remain tethered to. Pricing is expected to be 60,000 yen ($783 US). Check out the press release and our hands-on video from CES after the break and decide if living out a Geordi La Forge-style fantasy is worth it.

Gallery: Sony’s 3D head-mounted display prototype face-on

Continue reading Sony’s head-mounted 3D visor is real, HMZ-T1 arrives in Japan November 11th

Sony’s head-mounted 3D visor is real, HMZ-T1 arrives in Japan November 11th originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 31 Aug 2011 01:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The folks over at Tokyoflash tend to come up with some pretty inscrutable watches, but their latest creation, the Kisai 3D Unlimited, looks refreshingly… simple. Its cube-like, “3D” time display may not be conventional, but its mirrored LCD doesn’t require a degree in cryptology, either (the time displayed above is 12:34. See it?). The watch also features a pretty sleek, stainless steel design, with a case measuring just 8.5mm thick, and a fully adjustable strap that can fit even the daintiest of wrists. If you’re interested in grabbing one, you can choose from seven different colors at the source link, for about $120. Otherwise, check out some more pics in the gallery below, or slip past the break for a couple of demo videos from Tokyoflash Japan.

Gallery: Tokyoflash Kisai 3D Unlimited

Continue reading Tokyoflash’s Kisai 3D Unlimited watch turns time into a colorful ice cube (video)

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A solution in search of a problem, or a solution to a problem that you were too proud to cop to? SoftEther has just revealed what might be the final blow to Barbie’s distinguished career: the sensor-splashed QUMA. So far as we can tell, the human-shaped puppet contains a myriad sensors to pick up precise bends and flexes, and then pipes that information to a screen. Aside from showing your team of ballerinas exactly how their routine should look, we’re guessing that the real future here is in far more sophisticated tasks — things like artificial intelligence, major motion pictures and scientific research. As the saying goes, a video’s worth a zillion words, so have a peek for yourself just after the break.

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Solar Sinter solar-powered 3D printer turns sand into glass, renews our faith in higher education (video)
Where would we be without the world’s graduate art projects? In the case of Markus Kayser’s Solar Sinter, we might never have seen the day when a solar-powered 3D printer would turn Saharan sand into a perfectly suitable glass bowl. Well, lucky for us (we suppose) we live in a world overflowing with MA students, and awash in their often confusing, sometimes inspiring projects. Solar Sinter, now on display at the Royal College of Art, falls into the latter category, taking the Earth’s natural elements, and turning them into functioning pieces of a burgeoning technology. Solar Sinter uses the sun’s rays in place of a laser and sand in place of resin, in a process that is perhaps more visually stunning than the results. See for yourself in the video after the break.

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Finally, Sega has something for those of you who love both the PlayStation Move and the f-word. Today, the publisher announced a new PS3 version of the Wii’s utterly vulgar House of the Dead: Overkill, which adds … you know, the usual PS3 stuff: Move support and 3D.

It also adds “two brand-new scenarios,” offering even more opportunities for Agent G, Detective Washington and pretty much everyone else to scream obscenities at you as they shoot at zombies in a B-movie version of Louisiana. Maybe it can reclaim the record!

The Extended Cut will be out in North America on October effing 25, and in Europe three effing days later, just in time for Halloween! Play it nice and loud, and keep those kids away from your house.

Gallery: The House of the Dead: Overkill – Extended Cut (PS3)

JoystiqThe House of the Dead: Overkill Extended Cut brings 3D cussin’ to PS3 originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 27 May 2011 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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When we ran the story about 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy beating the opening day box office record in Hong Kong of the all-time box office champion, Avatar, it was just kind of a joke. Those of us in North American never actually thought we’d get to see the movie in theaters. But now, we just might. According to The Hollywood Reporter, China Lion Film Distribution has picked up the erotic Chinese blockbuster for North American distribution, though no release date has been set.

As previously stated, 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy is a remake of a 1991 film of the same name about a sexually frustrated teacher in ancient China who gets wrapped up in the harem of a new friend. Featuring full nudity and “camouflaged lovemaking” but no actual penetration, Sex and Zen is billed as “the world’s first 3-D erotic film.” When it opened in April, it was an instant smash in Hong Kong and has continued that run of success in Australia, New Zealand and more. We’ve got more after the jump.

The Hollywood Reporter ran the news about the 3D blockbuster and said that, after it beat the opening day gross of Avatar (read about that here) it went on to basically sell-out the entire first week. Opening in Australia, the film has made over $1 million over several weeks for a per-screen average of $122,000, which is several thousand dollars more than the per-screen average of Fast Five (Fast Five is, obviously, on more screens). In New Zealand, the per-screen average was $24,000, which was neck in neck with that of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Strangers Tides. Plus, in both those countries, the film was released uncut with an R18 rating. That’s not to say it’ll get an R-rating here, but, we’ll have to see.

Exactly how wide and when will the film open in North America? Well China Lion CEO Milt Barlow said the following:

We’re looking at as wide as possible a release for this groundbreaking film in North America and are currently working with our theatrical partners AMC for the US and Toronto, Cineplex for Vancouver and Consolidated in Hawaii. Announcements are expected in the next few weeks.

While it’ll most likely be a very limited release, it could be even more limited than usual as few independent theaters are equip for 3D, unlike the multiplexes. It should be interesting to see where 3D Sex and Zen ends up. Would you go check it out?

Here’s the trailer for the film, which is directed by Christopher Sun Lap Key and stars Hara Saori, Suo Yukiko and Vonnie Liu.

3D Porn Film Beats ‘Avatar’ On Opening Day in Hong Kong

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i3D is a new app that can create a glasses-free 3D display on iDevices, using a technology known as Head-Coupled Perspective (HCP). Developed by the folks from the Engineering Human-Computer Interaction (EHCI) Research Group, HCP uses a front facing camera to track the movements of a user’s head, allowing the app to adjust the display accordingly. The result is a monocular 3D screen that creates the illusion of looking into a box. If the concept sounds a little familiar, it could be because Google unveiled a similar headtracking feature for Ice Cream Sandwich during the opening keynote at this month’s I/O event. And by “similar” we mean “pretty much the exact same thing.” i3D is now available for free in the iTunes Store and runs on the iPad 2, iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod Touch. You can compare both iOS and Ice Cream Sandwich 3D generators after the break (Google’s demo kicks off around the 16:50 mark).

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i3D app brings glasses-free 3D to iOS, tracks your gaze like a creepy portrait tracks Scooby Doo (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 23 May 2011 17:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The HTC EVO 3D and LG Optimus 3D just got themselves a new buddy in the three-dee picture-taking arena in the shape of Sharp’s Aquos Phone SH-12C. We know, that name just rolls off the tongue. What’s remarkable about the 12C is that the dual cameras on its back go all the way up to 8 megapixels (to the EVO 3D’s 5), which will be creating quite the tasty workload for the 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 chip contained within. A qHD (540 x 960) screen resolution also keeps up with HTC’s latest, though the 4.2-inch, 3D-capable display on the Aquos offers more pixel density and less in absolute real estate. Android 2.3, replete with some evident customizations, will serve as the OS, and 720p video recording in 3D will also be available when Sharp launches the 12C in Japan on May 20th. Rest of the world? Well, we can dream about it right now.

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In the end, the only thing that could take down the Na’vi was full frontal nudity. Among its many box office records, Avatar held the single day box office record in Hong Kong, grossing 2.63 million Hong Kong dollars on its opening day. That record has now fallen, though, as a 3D soft core porno film called 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy made HK$2.78 million (the equivalent of $340,ooo U.S.) on its opening day on just 73 screens, eventually grossing HK$17 million over its opening weekend.

3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy is a remake of a 1991 film of the same name about a sexually frustrated teacher in ancient China who gets wrapped up in the harem of a new friend. Featuring full nudity and “camouflaged lovemaking” but no actual penetration, Sex and Zen is billed as “the world’s first 3-D erotic film” Learn more about it and watch the trailer after the break.

Though Sex and Zen is billed as “the world’s first 3-D erotic film,” producer Stephen Shiu, admits that a 2010 South Korean feature called Natali actually beat it to the punch. Still, he told NPR that audiences desire 3-D erotic movies:

We met people’s expectations. People have always thought that you need 3-D technology for this kind of content. So people were very curious.

Sex and Zen received a Restricted rating, meaning only people 18 and over could get in and it would need to be cut to be released in different territories. However, reports are that more than half the viewers on its opening weekend in Hong Kong were people who live in mainland China and traveled to evade the censors and see the movie.

Here in the West, pornography is an multi-billion dollar business and that’s with most of the money made on DVD and online. The market for theatrical porn is almost non-existent. However, with Sex and Zen opening not only just in China, but in Australia, South Korea, France, Italy and India in the coming months, maybe 3D will change that in some way.

Here’s the trailer for the film, which is directed by Christopher Sun Lap Key and stars Hara Saori, Suo Yukiko and Vonnie Liu.

Even the beautiful girls can’t save the blatant and terrible uses of 3D here. Would you pay to see this movie?

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