And so it begins. With GDC this week, expect a flood of press releases and other media type news regarding new products. When we see a release that warrants a second look, we’ll definitely try and track down the product for you at the show. iZ3D announced today that they are releasing their new “linear polarized” glasses.
From the press release:
SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwire – March 23, 2009) – iZ3D Inc., designer, developer and pioneer of advanced stereoscopic 3D visualization systems, has created new linear polarized glasses for use with the popular iZ3D stereoscopic 3D monitors. The glasses are currently in beta testing are designed for use with the upcoming iZ3D Version 2.0/ DirectX®10 Driver. The company will be showcasing the new glasses on a system running the Version 2.0 driver at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, CA March 23-27, 2009 in Booth 6020.
“Customer feedback is very important to iZ3D. We have been forging new ground for stereoscopic 3D displays and drivers for the wide variety of gamers, movie buffs and graphic artists that appreciate the 3D experience. Through this feedback we became concerned with a small percentage of people who saw two variations of color through our partially elliptical polarized glasses,” said Thomas Striegler, CEO iZ3D Inc. “We began to research other types of polarization and were impressed with the many advantages that linear polarization provided to the entire S-3D visual experience.”
The new polarized glasses consist of multiple optical layers instead of one polarized layer. This eliminates color differences some people experience from each eye. The multiple layers create a pure linear polarization that enhances the overall stereoscopic 3D visual experience for everyone. Because of the enhanced imagery, the glasses also provide easier user adjustments to the 3D environment to provide better into and out-of stereoscopic 3D screen effects and ultimately the enjoyment of longer game play.
iZ3D brand monitors are top-of-the-line 2D monitors the entire family can use for everyday applications. Then, with the push of a button, users can put on a pair of 3D-glasses and immerse themselves into a favorite off-the-shelf game in stunning 3D.
The iZ3D 3D monitor solution includes:
— 22-inch wide screen 3D/2D keyboard switchable LCD monitor
— 3 pairs of passive polarized 3D glasses (5 other models are available
— Version 1.09 iZ3D Stereoscopic 3D and Anaglyph 3D software drivers
(other drivers are available online)
— Power and video cables
— Quick-start guide
— Free membership into iZ3D’s upcoming 3D gaming network
Monitor specifications are:
— 22-inch wide screen LCD
— 1680 x 1050 resolution
— Up to 170-degree 3D viewing angle
— 5ms response time
— 700:1 contrast ratio
— 16.7-million colors
— 300 nits
The solution is compatible with Microsoft® Windows XP and Microsoft Vista operating systems. Games written for DirectX® 8, 9, and 10 require a graphics card with 2 video outputs (VGA, DVI, or HDMI). Most games written in the last six years are designed for 3D, but until now lacked a way of displaying them properly. A list of games that have been compatibility tested by iZ3D, MTBS and customer testers can be found at http://www.3drulez.com.
Availability and Pricing
The iZ3D 22-inch monitor has a MSRP of $399.00 USD and is available in the U.S. at Fry’s and MicroCenter stores. Online retailers include http://www.staples.com, http://www.newegg.com, http://www.amazon.com, http://www.pcmall.com, http://www.criticalbuy.com, http://www.iz3d.com, http://www.walmart.com, http://www.buy.com and other online etailers.
The iZ3D Version 1.09 Driver is available at http://www.iz3d.com. The standard iZ3D S-3D and anaglyph output are included with an iZ3D monitor purchase. The exclusive ATI 3D DLP output is free to AMD customers. All other drivers can be purchased at $49.99 per output.
About iZ3D Inc.
iZ3D Inc. is a leading innovator of 3D stereoscopic viewing display solutions. In addition to the design and marketing of 3D LCD displays, the company enables 3D content creation, and promotes the accelerated proliferation of 3D for entertainment and professional applications.
To present an uncompromised 3D experience, the company’s development approach to 3D stereoscopic viewing includes optimizing solutions for gaming, home entertainment, and professional applications. Each solution is compatible with multiple graphics cards and includes high-performance LCD displays, lightweight polarized glasses, and blazingly fast software.
The company is developing next generation solutions and enabling content for home entertainment and professional applications needing 3D displays to view visually rich movies, photos, and three-dimensional graphics with amazing depth, brightness, and resolution.