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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Who wants 3D?

As a potential investor, consumer and confessed techie, I am always interested in the next big thing.

This time of year features two great trade shows that feature the latest in high tech.

CES and the Detroit Auto Show.

By far, the talk of the town at CES was 3D TV and entertainment.

The problem I have with this is that it is nothing new.
Sure the technology used today is like none other and more advanced than anything used before, but the concept of 3D has been around since before the 1950's!

And yes, we still need those pesky glasses.

When I look to shows like CES, I look for things which are either functional and or innovative.

In my opinion 3D is neither. And more importantly it does not solve anything!

It is the video display industry version of "jumping the shark". There is nothing new to do at the moment except make displays thinner and and sightly better resolution. So, what to do in order to generate hype and interest where there is none. 3D!

I just do not get that excited with having to use the same old glasses to view something on a screen.

I think I will wait for the Hologram Room or "deck" as envisioned in Star Trek.

Now that would be cool.

The auto show on the other hand

features the latest in green technology, engineering and continues to show a convergence of multiple technologies which make driving better.

Just look at Ford which has won two car and truck awards! I also saw a feature of a console which gave much better use of media, GPS and mapping, along with voice pattern recognition.

This got me to thinking about our current GPS system, which works just fine, but does have a pesky little habit of repeating the phrase "recalculating" every time one has to divert from the path GPS thinks you should take due to traffic, construction or just a plan old fashioned missed turn. Take into account that if traffic is really bad, it just sits there doing nothing. This is where the convergence of technology could come into play. From one system you could integrate a phone, mp3, video, Internet, radio, all into one device.

But what would really be "cool" would be integrating holographic technology into this.

Imagine having your choice of companions or navigator to provide directions and conversation.

I bet he would not say "recalculating".

So, with an idea and an Internet connection I found this!

It is not quite to the level of Yoda, but it does address a lot of everyday problems and concerns all car owners have.

Like choice of companions, directions, safety features, voice pattern recognition, even translation services, and theft prevention.

So what do you think?


Life With Dogs January 12, 2010 at 11:55 PM  

Cool concept, I'd have to live with it to know if it made much difference. I rarely use GPS, but if I drove more it would probably entice me.

I'm in to CES for the audio gear. :)

Gimpdiggity January 13, 2010 at 1:15 AM  

Agree 100% on the 3D thing.

Don't get me wrong, it's cool and all, but I don't think it's something that I would want to spend EXTRA money on a TV for.

I have FOUR LCD TVs in my house. All of them are less than 4 years old. Two of them are less than one year old. The last thing I want to do is buy ANOTHER new TV just so I can watch something in 3D.

The other issue I have with it?? Really, is it that much of a jump over regular TV?? Sure, HD is a HUGE improvement over SD...but is 3D any kind of real improvement over SD?? I don't think so. I like to think that even though I'm not watching a program in TRUE 3D, I have the ability to KNOW when one detective is standing behind another in "Law and Order" and I just "see" it in 3D anyways.

I don't know...I'm not that interested in it at all.

alex January 13, 2010 at 8:45 AM  

I don't know, I can certainly see him saying- "recalculating, I am" and
"Turn left you must"

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