HD1080i De-mystify HDTV 1080i ::: know why before you buy

Sunday, March 14, 2010

2010 - 3D, Internet Convergence, touchscreens

Wow. I guess after looking at the Stats of this Blog, that globally i should be responsible for setting the record straight on what is next. For one thing, Convergence ( web ready TV, Boxee, Hulu etc ) and gestural motion capture ( Natal and the Move systems ) - this is going to be a great year.

Seriously, HD has matured. I get hundreds of questions a week about hooking up computers to HD screens, and from that i have got to write some definitive guidelines on that again, many problems and requests are nearly identical. I am sorry that i can no longer reply unless you are Press or known to me already, 22,000 emails on one of my systems inboxes crashed the OS ( i was not paying close attention and didnt know this was so popular - so that email address doesnt work now ) oops... But in essence you have spoken ( in like 9 languages that i am unable to read without google translate ) , i heard, and when i can i will summarize useful solutions for you all. One proof in all this, is that Marketing people for HD products think you are stupid, and the vast inflow of smartly asked queries here are proof that you are smart, want more , and are sick of being sold on bullsh*t and happy-talk from vendors.

One thing to watch for in a new purchase, is HDMI 1.4 compatibility, you need that for the speed of 3D data transfer for the shutter glasses, and new Internet enabled automation

What’s new in the HDMI 1.4 specification?
  • HDMI 3D and Ethernet Channel

    The HDMI 1.4 specification adds a data channel to the HDMI connection, enabling high-speed, bi-directional communication. Connected devices that include this feature can send and receive data via 100 Mb/sec Ethernet, making them instantly ready for any IP-based application. The HDMI Ethernet Channel allows internet-enabled HDMI devices to share an internet connection via the HDMI link, with no need for a separate Ethernet cable. It also provides the connection platform that will allow HDMI-enabled components to share content between devices.The 1.4 version of the specification defines common 3D formats and resolutions for HDMI-enabled devices, enabling 3D gaming and other 3D video applications. The specification standardizes the input/output portion of the home 3D system, facilitating 3D resolutions up to dual-stream 1080p.

I know that nVidia Gaming cards for 3D play will use this and you want it. Real 3D occular displays using lenses of specific polarization are up in the air a bit, so the shutter solution will be the initial primary mode to want. Yep - ugly battery powered glasses. Its worth it though, since properly done, you see 3D that appears to reach out of the screen ( nearfield convergence ). It works pretty well - though you have to sit in the sweet spot for it ... The first time you see this will also be the last time you will be satisfied with 2D.


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