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3D Sounds Labs Keeps Audio in Place at CES



3D Sound Labs LogoStereo headphones have been around since the middle of the last century and 3D audio in headphones from the 1990s. Impressive as the spatial effect from 3D can be, the sound is still always relative to the listener as the headphones are on the wearer, whereas speakers position the sound relative to the room or other space.

Until now, that is. 3D Sound Labs new headphones keep sounds in their place, even as the wearer moves their head. Scott finds out more from Maxime Sabahec of 3D Sound Labs on how their headphones keep sounds still.

The 3D Sound One headphones use motion sensors to understand the position of the wearer relative to the sound stage. The embedded gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer send information back to the PC via Bluetooth which then adjusts the positions of the sound in real-time as the person moves. This realism increases the immersive experience and while it’s good for movies, it’s great for VR.

The 3D Sound One headphones are available now for US$299 from Amazon and the 3D Sound Labs website.
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Touch Technology at 2016 CES



AmtelPatrick Hanley, Marketing Manager at Touch Technology demonstrates their new oem touch screen controllers.

Patrick demonstrates a new force touch or three dimensional touch screen device mock-up, where increased pressure causes different reactions on the screen, such as a heavier line in a drawing.

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Stream TV Ultra-D Promises Glasses-Free 3D



Stream TV Ultra D logoA few years ago 3D TVs were the hottest tech around but these days, most manufacturers don’t even mention it. 3D for the home was the biggest flop in recent years and while it’s been successful in cinema, the need to wear glasses killed 3D at home. Stream TV Networks have a new technology called Ultra-D which promises 3D without the glasses. Daniel and Todd are keen to know more from Zach Lehman of Stream TV.

Stream TV Network’s Ultra-D is a glasses-free 3D 4K TV technology for the home. The Ultra-3D custom glass screen provides a wide 140 degree 3D sweet spot for viewers, and people outside of this will see a standard 2D image without any blurriness. The Ultra-D technology includes a Qualcomm custom chip which converts 2D media into 3D in real-time with user control over the level of depth. If it’s an HDMI source, it can be converted to 3D.

Production of TVs using Ultra-D technology is expected to start this year. Stream TV have partnered with Pegatron for manufacturing capacity and the first models will be a 65″ TV, a 27″ monitor and a 32″ monitor with smaller TV and tablet screens later.

Todd Cochrane is the host of the twice-weekly Geek News Central Podcast at GeekNewsCentral.com.
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Robox 3D Printer at Gadget Show Live



Cel RoboxThe Cel Robox is a “desktop micro manufacturing platform” – that’s a small 3D printer to you and me – and while I’m still a little dubious about a 3D printer in every home, this  was one of the first that I’d seen (in real life) that might fit the bill. It’s also quite hypnotic to watch…

Robox

Measuring only 37 x 34 x 24 cm, the Robox is designed to be easy to use with features like auto-loading and unloading of material, dual material printing and print head quick change, with a wide range of material colours and compatibility with Windows, MacOS and Linux. For less that £1000, I think it’s incredible.

The Robox stand at the Gadget Show Live had plenty of example models printed on the device and they looked good. If you want to know more about the Robox, listen to my interview with Dan from Robox.


Ultra-D Moves Beyond 3-D at CES



Ultra D Logo3-D TV and gaming has been touted as the next big thing for years in consumer electronics. But the technology hasn’t ever truly caught on. One factor that’s slowed the adoption of in-home 3-D is the fact that users have to wear special glasses to experience the 3-D effect. StreamTV Networks hopes that its new Ultra-D product will become the standard in home-based 3-D viewing.

Nick caught up with Zach, Games Director for StreamTV Networks. The pair talked about the company’s Ultra-D offering. StreamTV Networks has partnered with Epic Games, developers of the Unreal gaming engine, as well as other software developers. Zach explained that Ultra-D is a glasses-free 3-D system that uses a blended lenticular design that works with a 140-degree viewing angle so it looks great from all sides. (When a viewer moves out of the range of 3-D, the picture changes to a standard 2-D display.) Ultra-D is currently only available to developers but it’s likely to make its way to consumer products soon.

Interview by Nick of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology for the TechPodcast Network.

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Will Google Announce Maps 3D Next Week?



It may be fairly short notice, but today Google issued invitations to a Google Maps event to be held on June 6th, less than 5 days away now.  The announcement  doesn’t give any indication what the event will be about, but the title may not be quite so cryptic to understand.  “The Next Dimension of Google Maps”.

Google Maps already has a limited amount of 3D content, displaying famous structures.  It seems logical that they will be taking this technology to the next level, but to warrant an event would indicate this is more than just an incremental update to the service.  It has been rumored that Apple will soon be ending their partnership with Google as the iOS maps supplier and that they are working on 3D for their own map service.  Perhaps Google is looking to beat the Cupertino company to the punch.

Whatever the announcement is, we will find out very soon – next Wednesday to be precise.  Perhaps there will be more than just 3D to announce as well.


Metaio Augmented Reality at The Gadget Show



Metaio logoThere’s no doubt that augmented reality (AR) is hot area at the moment, with several exhibitors at Gadget Show Live showing off products and software. Metaio is one such company and it provides AR software for Vuzix‘s high-tech glasses.

Vuzix

Sascha Kiener from Metaio gave me an impressive demonstration of the their product. I put on a pair of glasses and when I was shown a picture of a T-Rex, a 3D image of the dinosaur appeared out of the picture. There didn’t seem to be anything special about the dinosaur picture and the illusion worked regardless of the orientation of the picture, so you could turn the picture to turn the dinosaur. All very clever.

In the interview, Sascha talks to me about augmented reality and some of the prospects for the future.