Third-dimensional movies could soon be venturing outside the theaters — and ditching those red and blue paper glasses too. New research out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), published on July 12, devises a way to watch 3D movies at home, without the need for glasses. Called Home3D, the new platform converts existing stereoscopic 3D movies by using artificial intelligence, rather than using a new camera system for natively recording the content.The 3D glasses correct a pair of offset, polarized images to create a sense of depth. Home 3D, however, uses what’s called an automultiscopic display. The display is actually three (or more) images, but those images are presented in a slightly offset way that looks different when the screen is viewed from different angles. That allows the brain to see a coherent image with depth information, creating a 3D effect without the glasses.Automultiscopic … [Read more...] about Research suggests glasses-free 3D videos could be coming soon to home TVs
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Check out our review of the Toshiba L9300U series of 4K TVs.Toshiba joined LG, Sony, and Samsung today in making your 4K dream a very concrete reality, announcing that its L9300U series 4K TVs are now available at select retailers. The L9300U is packed with features, and offers some enticing incentives to lure users to Toshiba’s side of the 4K rainbow, including a larger entry-size model of 58-inches as opposed to its competitors’ 55-inch models, as well as other goodies like a free BDX6400 Upscaling Symbio Blu-ray player, and an SBX5065 sound bar, both free with purchase for a limited time.Toshiba’s sleek new flagship is loaded with glistening features including a ClearScan 240Hz refresh rate, Toshiba’s proprietary Cevo Quad + Dual Core Engine, multiple levels of color restoration and enhancement software, and a boatload of media features, including personal messaging, Skype capability, both Wi-Fi and Wi-Di peer-to-peer wireless connection, and an open browser … [Read more...] about Toshiba’s new L9300U 4K TV touches down in stores with some seductive extras
At a press event in New York City, Toshiba ramped up its Regza line of LCD televisions, adding 46-inch, 47-inch, and 52-inch models to the line, as well as announcing a 57-inch addition to its Cinema Series line of displays. Toshiba’s Regza LCD television offerings are split across four separate lines, the HL67 series, the LV67 LCDVD series, the HL167 series (offering 1080p resolution), and the LX177 Cinema series. The new flat screens fall into the latter two lines, pushing the breadth of Toshiba’s LCD offerings from 26 inches all the way out to 57 inches. “The feedback on our new Regza LCD line-up has been exceptional, and our market performance has been astounding,” said Scott Ramirez, Toshiba Vice President of Marketing, in a release. “We listened to the voice of our customers, made quality products that are market right, and virtually doubled our 32″ to 42″ LCD market share.” The HL167 series LCDs offer Toshiba’s … [Read more...] about Toshiba Expands Regza LCD Line
While most Apple fanboys spent the bulk of yesterday’s live-streamed event from Cupertino reveling in the splendor of Apple’s new spread of iPads, computers, and the new Maverick operating system, an intriguingly detailed rumor emerged to add to the lore of the fabled Apple-designed TV. Reported by Bloomberg news, the latest rumor was cast by a Japanese analyst named Masahiko Ishino, who claims that Apple is not only planning to release its own Ultra HD/4K TV, but that the company is already in development of both 55-inch and 65-inch Ultra HD/ 4K TV models to be released by the end of 2014.And here’s the kicker: Ishino says the TVs will be offered at a manageable price of around $1,500-$2,500.In an interview on October 18th Ishino, who works for Advanced Research Japan in Tokyo, poured out a surprisingly detailed account of the clandestine project, including a list of possible partners selected from the usual suspects who would supply the pieces for Apple’s new … [Read more...] about Could Apple stun us all and bring Ultra HD/4K TV to the masses on its first swing?
Who makes the best HDTV: LG or Samsung? Samsung or Sony? Toshiba or Panasonic? We hear these questions all the time. So, if those questions are so common, why are the answers so uncommon? Well, the trouble is that such queries are extremely broad. Answer one way or the other and you can count on getting branded as a fanboy. You can’t just say “brand X is the best.” That’s ridiculous. The best at what? Everything? We don’t think so.But we recognize that anyone asking these questions clearly needs some kind of nudge in one direction or the other, or maybe just some guidance with their research. With that in mind, we’ve decided to pit one brand against another in an ongoing series until we’ve exhausted as many variations as possible; because the truth is, different brands do exhibit distinct characteristics and understanding those characteristics can help make a buying decision easier. Here we go. Curious about an individual … [Read more...] about Sony vs. Samsung: Whose TV belongs in your living room?
Hewlett-Packard isn’t the only computer maker rolling out new systems today: Toshiba is also smartly out of the gates with no fewer than eleven new systems of its own, ranging from entry-level and mid-range models in its Satellite line to high-end big-screened monsters at the high end designed to appeal to high-def and 3D entertainment fans. Many of the new Satellite systems are available with a choice of either second-generation Intel Core or AMD Fusion A-series processors, while the high-end Qosmios sport Intel Core i5 or i7 processors and Nvidia discrete graphics.Starting at the high end, Toshiba’s new Qosmio X770 and X770 3D high-end notebooks sport 17.3-inch displays and a choice of second-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors, along with Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 560M discrete graphics with 1.5 GB of dedicated video memory. The systems also sport USB 3.0 connectivity, up to 8 GB of RAM, and up to 1 TB of onboard hard drive storage. For media fans, the … [Read more...] about Toshiba launches new Satellite and Qosmio notebooks
Android TV didn’t get much stage time at Google’s I/O 2016 keynote Wednesday, but according to the official Android blog, Google’s TV OS and streaming TV platform is expanding its reach into some more TVs and set-top boxes, and has gained an impressive array of new streaming app partners.For televisions, Sony will continue to use Android TV as its OS of choice for its 2016 Bravia TV line. Sony will soon be joined by RCA, which is expected to introduce its first Android TV models to U.S. customers later this year. In Europe, Beko, Grundig and Vestel will introduce Android TV models in June.For set-top boxes, Sharp’s NetPlayer, as well as Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi’s mysterious 4K set-top box, will run the Android TV platform.Google has also added some key streaming service apps, namely CNN, Comedy Central, MTV, Freeform, Nickelodeon, Spotify, Starz, WATCH ABC, WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney Junior, and ESPN. The addition of … [Read more...] about Android TV lands in more TVs, adds HDR support, snags lots of new apps
Yahoo has announced that, starting in March 2011, it will enable software developers to sell applications for Internet-connected TVs using its Yahoo Connected TV platform. Applications will be for sale via a new Yahoo Connected TV Store, which will be accessible from Internet-enabled televisions from a variety of makers, including Sony, LG, Samsung, Toshiba, and Vizio.Yahoo will be running the Connected TV Store much like other applications stores for Internet-enabled devices, and Yahoo will pocket 30 percent of the money from each sale. Yahoo will support widget pricing from as low as $0.99 all the way up to $99. Widgets will be able to generate revenue for developers through direct sales, paid subscriptions, and by charging for downloads. The paid widget program will initially be available to developers and publishers in the U.S., UK, Germany, Spain, Sweden, France, Canada, and Australia, although Yahoo anticipates opening the program to other countries.Of course, casual games would … [Read more...] about Yahoo Connected TVs to offer widgets for sale
Time was, Toshiba was one of the kings of television, sitting right alongside Sony in the cool-kid aisles at all the best electronics stores. But in more recent years, competition from South Korea has pushed in on its territory, and it has taken a while for the company to sort out a strategy that would put it squarely back in the game. But if the updates Toshiba has instituted for 2014 are any indication, the company is poised to take back a sizable chunk of the market it once dominated. This year, the company is bringing faster, more cutting-edge technology that it has developed in-house, utilizing fewer “off the shelf” parts for a new line of of televisions that feels much more like the Toshiba we once knew. Not only that, but prices promise to be competitive as well. Headlining the company’s television line is its Ultra HD collection, with 50, 58, 65 and 84-inch models, set to come available sometime this summer. Toshiba’s L9400U series comprises the 58 … [Read more...] about Toshiba stages comeback with aggressive new line of upgraded televisions
Sweet, it’s just what the world needed: An HDTV that uses the powerful Cell chip, currently used to power the PlayStation 3. OK, so may not seem like a match made in heaven (and you still can’t play Uncharted 2 without owning a separate console – bummer), there nonetheless remains plenty of promise in Toshiba’s new Cell TV series of premium sets.All but guaranteed to ship with a price to match, these models, available in two lines – the Genensis Design (55″ and 65″ units) and Illusion Design (46″, 55″ and 65″ models offered) families – threaten to make both primetime and movie time more enjoyable. Thank 1080p upscaling of movie and television content; the ability to display images in 3D (including 2D content that’s converted over); and a built-in 1TB hard drive and wireless 802.11n networking for retrieval of networked or online content. The sets even promise to polish up those videos you shot for your blog, … [Read more...] about Toshiba’s Cell TV: The 30-Second Review