3-D Buttons Coming to Vaio Laptops
Sony reps today demoed the company's first Vaio laptop with a 3-D activation button at IFA 2010, Europe's tech show in Berlin. Push the button and the image gets a 3-D effect, whether it was created with 3-D technology or just standard 2-D fare. Release is set for Spring 2011.
The prototypes featured full HD 1080p resolution and 240Hz refresh rate for optimal 3-D viewing. The laptops also have built-in 3-D Blu-ray players, allowing for both 3-D movies and video games.
Sony did not specify whose graphics chip was used in the system and cautioned that the Spring line may differ from the demo laptops.
Active shutter glasses are required to see in 3-D on the Vaio laptop, which Sony will include in the package. It is not known whether or not the glasses are the same type compatible with Sony Bravia 3-D TVs.
Sony will continue to fill the 3-D supply chain with both hardware and content. At IFA, the company announced its first 3-D full HD projector for home theaters and its intention to produce its own 3-D TV channel. Content will include natural history, children's programming, science, and motion pictures, according to Howard Stringer, Sony's CEO, during his keynote address at IFA.
Sony Pictures will release more theater-bound 3-D content including "Resident Evil Afterlife," "The Green Hornet," another "Spider-Man" sequel, and another "Men in Black" sequel, which of course will make their way into homes.