Too many options: Which 3-D is for you?

Like 3-D? Well get ready to research like mad trying to figure out what system will work best. There are seven types of display decoder technologies that deliver stereogrpahic 3-D on 13 platforms including common ones like TVs and cinemas, making for 91 possible combinations.

Beam me up: Kinect powers 3-D human holograms!

Just as the older members of my family are finally getting used to Skype and FaceTime, along comes a 3-D hologram concept project! Dubbed the TeleHuman, the system uses six Microsoft Kinect sensors and a 3-D projector inside a 1.8 meter tall acrylic cylinder.

Intel’s 3-D transistors are now in production!

Intel has introduced its latest generation of processor cores at 22 nanometers. The new chips are up to 20 percent faster and consume 20 percent less energy, but the biggest news is that these chips are the first that will use Intel’s new 3-D transistors.

How mobility is stressing the chip industry

Qualcomm can’t find enough capacity to manufacture chips designed for mobile phones. These troubles will become more common as the physics that govern how we make semiconductors buckles under the demands of our increasingly mobile lives, where we demand low power and high performance.

LG: LTE, 3D, HD and quad-core chips will restore our phone brand

“I think LTE, high-definition and quad-core will be the key words this year. With fine-tuned technology and strategies, LG will recover our once-lost brand awareness,’’

That’s the plan for 2012, according to Park Jong-seok, head of LG’s handset division, in a comment to The Korea Times. Park said the company plans to sell 80 million handsets this year; 35 million of which will be smartphones and 8 million of those to have LTE capabilities.
The company’s smartphone division has undergone some challenges over the past two years. In 2010, LG’s CEO resigned mainly due to poor performance in the smartphone division. And midway through last year, Park cut smartphone sales estimates to 24 million sales in 2011, down from 30 million.
Unfortunately, adding hardware features alone isn’t a magical formula to smartphone success and I hope that LG realizes that. It was among the first to use a dual-core smartphone chip in 2011 with the Optimus 2X, but the phone didn’t impress the market. And it continues to bank on glasses-free 3-D phones, even though consumers don’t seem to be clamoring for such a function.
Trying to stand out from the crowded Android(s goog) field is a challenge; perhaps the company should reconsider its move towards Android and invest more in Windows Phone(s msft) where there is less competition.

Games for the weekend: Mini Motor Racing

Mini Motor Racing and Mini Motor Racing HD are excellent top-down racing games from The Binary Mill. A good racing game requires three main features to come together: vehicle control, a variety of challenging courses and a heart-thumping soundtrack. Plus, it offers great multiplayer gameplay.

Inkjets? Bah! Let’s build a future with 3-D printers

Are you ready to have your own replicator: a device that can create physical objects? It’s here in the form of a 3-D printer, but it’s not cheap and it’s semi-limited. Still, if you can design an object, you can have your printer build it!

Netflix: No plans for games, but 3-D streaming possible

Netflix may have had plans to expand into the rental market for video games when it tried to spin off its physical disc business last summer, but those plans are now canned. Instead, it may start delivering 3-D movies to its streaming subscribers.