New 3D Display Scraps Glasses, Uses Tiny Spherical Lenses Instead

The most common method of creating a 3D illusion is said to be based on autostereoscopic display, which uses parallax. The method involves presenting each eye with a slightly different angle of a scene with the help of microlenses that project a small amount of light.

While this method has a lot of pros and is used in commercial products such as the Nintendo 3DS, the narrow viewing angle it produces presents a challenge to larger displays.

However, researchers at the Chengdu Technological University and Sichuan University are said to have corrected the issue by replacing the microlenses with microsphere lenses. A prototype based on this technology has been built, which demonstrates that the large curvature of spherical lenses increases the viewing angle from 20-30º to 32º and a theoretical viewing angle of up to 90º.

“The greatest significance is that we propose a cheap and simple way to fabricate a lens array which can bring a wider viewing angle,” said lead author Guo-Jiao Lv at Chengdu Technological University.

Another disadvantage in microsphere lenses is crosstalk, meaning when light from the right and left channels leak into each other. The problem has been resolved by concentrating light from each lens into a small area, but at the expense brightness and overall optical efficiency which the scientists claim to be able to solve in the near future.

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PlayStation 4 Stand Made of Real Wood will Debut at TGS

Now before I start I can see that this isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea so please keep the hate to yourself, cheers. This is the new stand that will be officially unveiled by German manufacturer Balolo at the Tokyo Game Show this year. It’s made of real Japanese cypress wood, sounds impressive,  and is a result of demand from fans of the genuine wood cover for the PS4 console itself made by the same manufacturer. Not only is Balolo going to unveil this at TGS this year but they will also unveil some pretty snazzy Nintendo 3DS stylus’ that are made from the same material as the stand. Just in case you’re a bit of a nature warrior, the wood that is used in producing these products is from a method called tree thinning, the trees aren’t chopped down for the sake of a few stands and DS pens.

There will also be a longer stand for the PS4 in case your prefer to have that ‘supported’ look in a stand. Something about having a solid piece of wood rather than two little bits at each end would make me trust it a lot more.

Thanks to Dualshockers for providing us with this information.

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Nintendo To Pay Royalty Payments For Every 3DS And 3DS XL Sold

Nintendo will have to pay Royalties for every 3DS and 3DS XL units sold after losing patent suit to Tomita Tech

Looks like Nintendo is in hot water again, after having to pay a settlement to Tomita Technologies of $15.1 million at the start of 2013, now Nintendo will have to pay royalties for every 3DS and 3DS XL sold. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff handed down the ruling to Nintendo in regards to a patent suit Tomita Technologies bought against Nintendo in 2011.

The patent suit suggested that the 3DS and 3DS XL were using technology in their 3D display that infringed upon the patent that Tomita Technology filled for in 2003 and was approved in 2008. The patent held by Tomita technology and what this case was built around is as follows;

“technology relating to displaying stereoscopic images on-screen for viewing with the naked eye, i.e., without utilizing glasses or other devices”

The royalty amount was set by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff is to be 1.82% of the wholesale price of every 3DS and 3DS XL sold for as long as the hand-held console is still in production and circulation. The 1.82% equates to around $4 per unit. While Nintendo isn’t in any financial difficulties at the moment, they do have a huge line up of games coming out soon for the hand-held console. The Nintendo 2DS didn’t come under scrutiny because it lacks the 3D capability which the patent suit was centred on. However Nintendo will probably drop the price of both consoles soon to alleviate to cost of the royalties to be paid, this could end up benefiting those who have not yet got one of Nintendo’s hand-held devices yet. What do you think about this, would you pick up a 3DS or 3DS XL if they drop in price? I for one would.

Thanks you Inquisitr for the information provided

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Wii U Sales Rise Dramatically In September Thanks To Price Cuts

Nintendo have announced that their Wii U console has seen a significant boost in sales after recent price cuts. In August Nintendo chopped $50 off the price of the Wii U making the deluxe bundle with 32GB of storage cost $299 instead of the $349 it was priced at before. They also launched a limited edition Legend of Zelda bundle alongside that price cut which has proved popular too. Nintendo claim a massive boost in sales as a result but Engadget suggest their figures and statements are dubious. Based on NPD’s numbers for the Wii U sales, the number is more like a 100% increase in September over August. That said a 100% month to month increase is still double the number of sales which is hugely impressive for a console that has, as of yet, failed to capture the attention of console gamers.

Nintendo also reported that the 3DS finished September as the best selling console system in the USA. That means it outsold the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Hardly surprising though given that Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 sales are dropping because the launches of the next generation consoles are now imminent.

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