Glass-Free 3D on iPad 2

When it comes to 3D, I’ve always been someone who is not very keen about the technology and am convinced that it does not make sense as a technolgy if you require those hideous glasses to have a full effect of 3D. In fact any form of accessory required to make a piece of technology work is a major bottleneck for the success of that technology. One of the reasons tablets or touch devices not being successfull until the launch of iPhones is precisely the major reason. You would argue that you also need controllers to play games and still games have been so amazingly successful! To defend the arguement I would say that games is something you choose to get involved in, it is something you use as an escape mechanism or something that you want to indulge in. When it comes to something that is of high degree of indulgence then almost nothing comes in the way.

Does 3D fall in that category? I believe, No! So if there is something that is more of a technolgy gimmick, something that is good to experience once in a while and something that the tech industry thinks they can make huge revenues from by pushing the idea to general consumer then it needs to evolve to a level where consumers dont mind using if it was easily available and for which they didnt have to go that extra mile.

For me, 3D should be something that is just available, something that is easily accessible and something that does not require any accessory or tools to make it work. Maybe, it is time when the television makers start thinking about 3D from a whole new perspective. It maybe a case where the shape of tele changes completely. Where a flat box or panel TV with a screen is no more required and may be you could use something that is drastically different from the current structure.

A group of researchers called the Engineering Human-Computer Interaction demonstrate head-tracking 3D effects on the iPad 2. The program in this case is designed to track your head position through the front camera and adjust the view angle accordingly. Head ahead to the video of the technology in action below.

3D on iPad 2 – Video

3D on iPhone – Video

key points from Apple Event on 1st September 2010

Apple Event Sept 2010
Apple Event Sept 2010

key points from Apple Event on 1st September 2010
In the event organised at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco at 10 AM Pacific Time, Apple made few announcements about new products and dropping few hints about their strategy going forward. Details about them shall be covered in articles to follow. This article is only to quickly sum up the key points from the Key note presentation by Steve Jobs.

I would have loved to put all features in tabular format for comparison purpose but that would kill the purpose of this post.

New Products unveiled.

iOS 4.1 for iPhone and iPod
Bugs fixed (Proximity, Bluetooth, iPhone 3G)
High Dynamic Range photos ( A new and unexpected feature. Takes two photos at a time with two extreme exposures and mixes them real time to give a sharp image)
HD Video upload over wifi
TV show rentals (Now allows rentals on iOS devices. It was purchase only until now.)
Game Center (Helps you play/challenge other users (family/friends/strangers. It adds a new competitive dimension to games.)
Free download and upgrade
Arriving September 2nd week 2010

iOS 4.2 for iPad
All of IOS 4.1
AirPlay (New name for AirTunes – Stream audio, video & photos over Wi-Fi)
*Not All Models (May potentially leave out iPod touch first gen and iPhone 4G.)
Free download and upgrade
Arriving in November 2010

New iPods (All-new designs for every model)

iPod Shuffle gen 4
iPod Shuffle

iPod Shuffle (tiny with buttons; buttons are back!)
Small and wearable
Easy to use – buttons
Genius mixes
VoiceOver (Will not work with bundled earphones. One will have to buy new earphones with mic.)
15 hours battery
5 colours
$49 (US) , £39 (UK)

iPod Nano
iPod Nano

iPod Nano (half the size of previous generation- no manual controls)
Multi-touch user interface
4 Apps per screen (Cannot add more from App store.)
46% smaller – 42% Lighter
Clip – no more armbands
Volume buttons
VoiceOver (Will not work with bundled earphones. One will have to buy new earphones with mic.)
FM radio, Nike+, pedometer
29 languages
24 hours battery
7 colours
$149-8GB (US), $179-16GB(US), £129-8GB(UK), £159-16GB(UK)

iPod touch
iPod touch

iPod Touch – (An iPhone without phone)
Most popular iPod (contract free)
No 1 Gaming device (outsells Nintendo & Sony combined??)
50+% (US and worldwide market share)
1.5 billion (Game & entertainment downloads)
Retina Display (4X pixels, 326 ppi, 24-bit colour LED
Apple A4 chip (similar to iPhone 4 and iPad)
3-axis Gyro (Adds new dimension to motion control)
iOS 4.1 with Game Center
FaceTime with front camera
HD video recording
40 hours battery
$229-8GB(US), $299-32GB(US), $399-64GB(US) / £189-8GB(UK), £249-32GB(UK), £329-64GB(UK)

iTunes 10
iTunes 10

iTunes 10
New Logo (Dropped CD from the iTunes logo)
Ping (Social media for music)
Customised top ten charts based on what people you follow are downloading
Social Music discovery
Follow and be followed
Circle of friends
Post your thoughts & Opinions (Can only be done over a song or album. Cannot start new thread all by itself. It ensures you are discussing things related to music)
Custom song & Album charts
Over 17,000 concert listings
160 million iTunes users in 23 countries
Free Download
Available September 01, 2010

Apple TV 2010
Apple TV

Apple TV (One more thing hobby)
Hollywood movies & TV Shows
Everything in HD
Lower prices for content
Don’t want a computer
Don’t want to manage storage
Don’t want syncing
Silent, cool & small
1/4 the size
HDMI, USB, optical audio and Ethernet, wifi 802.11n
$4.99(US), £3.49(UK) for first run HD movies
99c for HD TV Shows (commercial free)
NETFLIX, youtube, flickr, mobileme (Add-ons on Apple TV to access the movies and pics)
Airplay – iPad to Apple TV (Stream movies directly from iPad to Apple TV through wifi, no connector required)
Available by end of September 2010
$99 (US), £99 (UK)

Some numbers. (These may excite/scare/intimidate/humour you based on who you are.)
120 million iOS devices shipped
230K (New iOS activations per day, without updates)
200 (Apps downloaded every second) – (Whoo… that’s another 200!)
25K/250K on Apps store are iPad Apps
275 M iPods sold
11.7 billion songs downloaded from iTunes
450 million TV episodes downloaded from iTunes
100 million movies downloaded from iTunes
35 million books downloaded from iTunes
160 million accounts with credit cards and 1-click

Other highlights
Steve Wozniak was present in the audience which Steve Jobs acknowledged.
New Stores in operation in
Paris, France
Shanghai, China 40 feet high glass cylinder
London, England in the heart of Covent Garden (Only half mile from existing store at Regent street.)