LG will be unveiling their latest Google TV at next month's CES. The GA6400 and GA7900 series utilizes their Magic Qwerty Remote to work with Voice Search and PrimeTime quick guide. There are more goodies as well. New Home Dashboards use "cards" like folders that display apps, other content and even real-time news and weather information. The OnLive app is pre-installed for gamers and WiFi makes it easy to connect to YouTube, Android smartphones and tablets. And of course it is 3D friendly.
What that means is that the current line of LG's HDTVs, including their 47G2 47" Cinema 3D LED-LCD HDTV is marked down for those who want to save some coinage. It comes with Google TV, Six Pairs of 3D Glasses and is now available for less than $1,00.
Party Place is Zynga's first venture into the 3D mobile gaming world. With it, any dud can turn into the best of party animals. Available on iTunes and Google Play, the game started off a movie and morphed into a game that allow players to design their characters, then dance, play music or even do battle with other partygoers. We guess the freebie is one way of not having to be the designated driver for the weekend.
Once you plug the Dune HD Connect into your TV, you get smart TV access. Supporting most digital formats, it gives an HD 1080p quality picture and can connect to the interweb as well as apps. The media player features both a microSD slot and USB port, and has an option of Z-Wave connectivity. Brought out at the recent IFA Show in Berlin, the planet's smallest player will also have a 3D version with built-in Blu-ray access. Look for their debut with pricing details later this year.
Say hello to Sony's little huge friend, the XBR-84X900. Their first 4K screen has a humongous 84" size that also features passive 3D and a 10-driver speaker system. The edge-lit LED-based LCD has 4 times more resolution than Full HD and produces 8 million individual pixels with a 3840 x 2160 resolution. Price and availability not available at this time, but expect to spend some bucks to get this one.
We say it's about time. Come October, Avatar will finally become available on Blu-ray 3D. Supposedly, Fox's Collector's Edition was stalled because of a lack of 3DTVs and director James Cameron insists that this version is "the way it was meant to be seen." We agree, as it was the first movie we actually went to see in a theater in years. Who knew blue could still be so cool? Pre-order the $2.7 billion flick now and in the meantime, enjoy this video incentive.
It's nice to see that Polaroid is still among us and branching out. After partnering with ASDA, they are now making a 42" LCD 3D TV. It has 3 HDMI sockets, a SCART socket and PC input. Because it is a passive HDTV, it can be connected to Blu-ray or DVD player. The price includes 4 sets of 3D glasses. It carries a MSRP of £399.00 (~$628.00.) The co-companies have also teamed with a wooden DAB radio dock for iPhone/iPad, a portable DVD player and Bluetooth Speaker.
Acer has a 27" Display Monitor that up-converts 2D to 3D when used with a 3D enabled PC that has an HDMI output. It can hook up with cameras, Blu-ray players, game consoles or set top boxes for a 100 million:1 contrast ratio. Other features on the HR274H include integrated speakers, adjustable angle displays, USB/VGA/DVI ports. The $699.00 price does not include 3D glasses.
You know this is the time to push the 3D button for consumers, so LG has an offer they believe you can't refuse. Purchase a qualifying 3D TV and you receive a Family Pack of 6 pairs of glasses, a $70 value, free. Smart TV is included in the package with access to everything downloadable. Of course there is up-conversion for 2D movies.
3D seems to have taken a back seat lately but the company Chimei Innolux has managed to bring it back with new technology. CMI's 4.3" display has a 720 resolution and "cell gap" technology so that instead of getting fuzzy 3D from an off center viewing, you get a clear 2D image. There is no exact date as to when the screen will be available on devices, but if you were waiting for no glasses and a clearer screen, you are closer to your goal.
Now that 3D continues to catch on for LG enthusiasts, the company has released clip-ons that are available for the masses for very little coinage.
AG-F220s provide the usual effects and add a bonus UV protection. Compatible with 2011 LG LW5600, LW5700 and LW6500 Cinema 3D TVs, they come with pouch and cleaner and cost less than $20.00.
Look, it's an entire Blu-ray Home Theater system for a decent price. LG's LHB336 includes 3D, Smart TV, a 1100W amp, upscaling of video and Dolby Digital Plus. In addition to being Internet ready, the system works with iPhone/iPod, USB 2.0 playback and Simplink Connectivity. All for a Freakin' Friday price of less than $300.00.
With NVIDIA getting heavily into the 3D realm, they have launched a more cost effective version of their IR Shutter Glasses. These Wired glasses include a 10 ft. long USB cable, are compatible with most desktops and 3D HDTVs and come with a $99.00 price.
Grab your 3D glasses and get ready for YouTube's latest idea. NVIDIA is assisting them in bringing 3D online to the masses. Of course you will need a NVIDIA GeForce PC that runs Firefox 4 and a 3D enabled monitor or HDTV but hey, if this one catches on, everyone can get equally dizzy watching movies, sporting events and games pop out on the screen.
Samsung has announced that over 5 million globally have downloaded their Smart TV app platform. Considering the fact that it only launched in Feb. 2010, that is pretty impressive. They attribute their success to their variety of videos, games, sports and other media that can be found in over 120 countries, including 3D capability. Programming is country-specific, making all those naysayers who didn't believe in the concept sit up and take notice.
You can get up to speed by joining the Samsung revolution with your own Smart TV or purchasing the LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader.