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MTBS3D Neil was invited to moderate a panel at @FMX_Conference this week & it was written up in @THR! #fmx2016 #VR #AR https://t.co/7gCWJwW9ng
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MTBS3D Neil was invited to moderate a panel at @FMX_Conference & it was written up in @THR! #fmx2016 #VR #AR https://t.co/7gCWJwW9ng
MTBS3D Neil has arrived in Stuttgart for @FMX_Conference! The live stream is here: https://t.co/ejXRoJ3daB #fmx2016 #VR https://t.co/aqynBWSmru
MTBS3D Check out the very first episode of our new show, Neil's Messy Basement! #VR #AR https://t.co/jdaJzS2jRL
MTBS3D First guest on first episode of Neil's Messy Basement is Bertrand Nepveu of @Vrvana! https://t.co/SaJ6jUItKj #VR #AR https://t.co/kLlovnvElD
MTBS3D Introducing Neil's Messy Basement, a new weekly program from MTBS! #VR #AR #VirtualReality https://t.co/SaJ6jUItKj https://t.co/Th1flEdIFV
MTBS3D RT @Vanessa_FMX: The calm before the storm at the #fmx2016 location. Good to be back in the #castle. Prepping venue starts today. https://…
MTBS3D Minecrift released with Oculus SDK 1.3 support!#Minecrift #Oculus #VR https://t.co/9yBdd0RIdy https://t.co/bc4Wj60Uow
MTBS3D Virtual Reality’s PC Mass Market: When and Why https://t.co/uYSzO7RCqv #VR #VirtualReality https://t.co/dJoqfyGX3l
MTBS3D @JohnBerman How do you keep such a straight face? We were dying here every time you smiled. Ben Carson makes for classic TV.😂😂😂
MTBS3D The #HTCvive fulfills virtual reality's boldest promises. #VR #VirtualReality https://t.co/Wis6o26dHA
MTBS3D Interview w/@idealens a mobile #HMD w/positional tracking based on magnetic resonance. #VR https://t.co/UNzzJaxNMg https://t.co/LgcthptBYk
MTBS3D @OssicVR You're welcome. So glad you liked the interview! :)
MTBS3D Interview w/ @OssicVR who are developing unique #3Daudio headphones for #VirtualReality #VR https://t.co/biP3vXg6wE https://t.co/nAFtJR8pB2

Entertainment Experience, Onlive, Darth Vader at CES 2011

By Neil Schneider

It has been absolutely crazy at CES 2011.  In the four years we have been going to the Consumer Electronics Show, this has been the biggest.  Huge booths, bigger venues, and swarms of people.  Imagine press rooms without seats to sit in, or going without Internet access for a day at a time because the hotel and CES wireless networks are overloaded.  That’s what we are putting up with here!

The first of TWO monorail lines at CES 2011!

The good news is we have some great interviews with 3D HDTV and camcorder manufacturers, auto-stereo display makers, and more – and we have much more coming up!  While we are waiting for the video files to get edited together for you, here are some neat discoveries and stories along the way.

Entertainment Experience: Jim Sullivan (left), David Monks (right)

Entertainment Experience has developed a color calibration box for HDTVs.  According to Jim Sullivan, former Kodak employee and the company’s owner, HDTV visual performance changes according to the type of lighting and brightness of a room.  Their box has several color tables programmed to compensate for this to ensure maximum image quality in all environments.  While it was not available for demo, the real surprise is they have special color tables designed for 3D HDTVs and glasses.  It would be great to sample this in action in 3D, so we’ll see what we can dig up.

Onlive L-R: Joe Bentley (VP of Engineering), Steve Perlman (President & CEO)

For those unfamiliar, Onlive is a gaming service that lets you play high quality games with low performance computer equipment.  The way this is accomplished is by having a distant mainframe do all the hard processing work, using the Internet as the means of transmitting the game’s visual experience, and using your personal computer as the final display and terminal.  It’s not necessary to use a computer because you also have the option of attaching an Onlive box to your HDTV or display with its own set of game controllers.

According to Joe Bentley, Onlive’s VP of Engineering, their network will improve as more bandwidth is made available.  For now, their solution distributes games at 1280X720P resolution – the current standard for most console titles.  It turns out that they are equally excited about stereoscopic 3D gaming and have a technique ready for getting S-3D video games out there.  They don’t have the content – mind you – just the means to broadcast stereoscopic 3D gaming.  A left/right side by side format (squished) isn’t the best choice for 720P, but we are told they have something special in the works that isn’t yet ready for announcing.

Here is a story for Star Wars fans.  The fact is, you can’t be everywhere at once at CES.  Even if you make every meeting, something is going to slip through the cracks!  I’m a huge Star Wars fan, and I can’t convey how disappointed I was that I missed Darth Vader’s announcement at Panasonic’s exhibit.  Pam and I were sitting down for lunch when I read the news on my PDA, and I thought how awful it was that we weren’t there to greet the prince of darkness – especially since his announcement was reported to be about the Star Wars saga being released on 3D Blu-Ray and available for pre-order.
A fellow writer at ShowStoppers explained what happened…and he made my day!  It turns out that there was a disturbance in The Force – or at least, The Force’s media service – because it wasn’t a 3D Blu-Ray announcement in the end!  It was just an announcement that the saga would be out on traditional Blu-Ray.  What a relief!

However, one journalist who was present at the event was extremely disappointed.  It turns out that he wanted to interview Darth Vader, but his handlers explained that Darth was fully booked in meetings that day, and had no more appointments available.  It’s kind of bizarre, don’t you think?  I mean…it’s not REALLY Darth Vader.  It’s some guy in a suit.  Still, it would have been cool to get a 3D picture of Darth Vader…maybe next year!

We have lots of pictures, videos, and stories to share.  As soon as we have more time and a reliable Internet connection, we’ll get more up!  Thanks for your patience.