2011 has been a year of remarkable leaps in 3D technology. Following the release of the visually stunning Avatar in 2009, the 3D format has developed from an apparent gimmick into a rich and powerful tool for film-makers. Over 30 films were released in in 3D in 2011, and in 2012 blockbusters such as ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ will make use of this exciting technology to enhance the visual experience of digital cinema.
2011 saw the release of a wide range of innovative 3D technology products, as 3D made its way into the lives of millions of people. From 3D printing techniques to video game hardware, from personal glasses to 3D movies, the technology is being increasingly used to enhance the visual experience in many areas of media and experience. Yet there are still obstacles to the widespread adoption of 3D technology: consumers are averse to expensive 3D glasses, some viewers experience discomfort when watching 3D visuals, and 3D content takes much longer to produce than 2D.
3D made its way into the homes of many consumers through 3D plasma HDTVs. Although the TVs are currently highly expensive, as the technology is developed prices will fall and 3D will become accessible to a greater number of people. The move toward 3D TVs has been accelerating in recent months, with more manufacturers developing and selling televisions and hardware with 3D capability. Media networks will broadcast more content formatted for 3D viewing, particularly sports, entertainment, movies, games and other video. In 2012 many sports and entertainment broadcasters will release a wide range of programs for 3D televisions, delivering an additional dimension of vision that adds depth and excitement to live and pre-recorded broadcasts. The London 2012 Olympics will be aired in 3D, so that viewers at home and in cinemas can experience the Games in a new dimension.
Photography has also been part of the 3D revolution, and many photographers, both amateur and professional, will take advantage of this in the coming years, using true 3D-capable cameras to capture images. Equally, 3D has made its way into the market of mobile and smartphones, and the first wave of 3D capable phones was released in 2011, with more to follow in 2012. The HTV EVO 3D phone and the LG Optimus 3D are the first examples of these powerful smartphones, which use glasses-free 3D display screens and cameras with dual-lens setup, enabling users to shoot 3D videos and photos. Glasses-free 3D is currently in wider development: the technology to project 2D visuals into 3D autostereoscopic visuals that do not require the viewer to wear glasses. Real-time conversion of content will serve many different mediums, including Blu-Ray, DVD, PC gaming, satellite and cable content.
3D is proving itself as a powerful visual tool, adding clarity, depth and realism to movies, games, TV, mobile phones and other technologies. With 3D becoming more affordable and therefore increasingly available to consumers, new and exciting content will be produced to test the reaches of this visual tool.
Author Bio:- Victor Daily is a blogger interested in technology and social media. Besides writing about latest news in these areas he also works as a consultant with a cd replication company.