Monday, April 25, 2011

2 New 3D Monitors from Acer Unveiled

Acer 3D moniotrsI'm not quite sure how popular 3D gaming is amongst the PC crowd. 3D is all the rage in cinema nowadays and tons of people are buying up 3D televisions, but you don't hear a whole lot of talk about 3D computer monitors and gaming.

Now, I'm not much for 3D movies. While I found them entertaining in the beginning, due to the fact that every single director and his mother is making a movie in 3D nowadays, the effect is starting to get old. I am also not too fond of 3D televisions either. I find having to wear 3D glasses whenever I want to watch tv to be tiresome and irritating and the glasses are just another thing for me to break or lose.

3D gaming is a field I never really put much thought into. I was able to give a 3D game a whirl once at a computer store. It was a racing game with lots of things on the road, like barrels, cones, signs, etc..., and when your car drove through them, they would fly at your face. I thought this was a rather neat idea but after playing for about five minutes, I was over the whole thing.

But just because I do not fancy 3D gaming on my PC doesn't mean others agree with me, and it certainly doesn't mean computer companies are going to stop making 3D monitors.

Acer has just announced a new pair of 3D monitors and these actually sound pretty nice. The new screens come to you as the Acer HN274H and the Acer HS244HQ and both of these screens use active 3D shutter glasses. The HN274H is a 27-inch screen with the HS244HQ coming in at 23.6 inches.

The 21-inch HN274H is the first monitor to support HDMI 3D as well as NVIDIA 3D solutions. This allows the monitor to deliver 3D content if you connect it to a 3D component like a PS3 or Blu-ray player, but it can also deliver 3D gaming using the 3D vision system that has already been out on the market for some time now. The HN274H has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio as well as an integrated IR emitter so it can do 3D without the use of an external emitter.

The 23.6-inch HS244HQ has three HDMI ports, a 12,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a 2ms response time. The HS244HQ also uses an integrated IR emitter and the screen uses Acer 3D glasses as opposed to NVIDIA 3D vision tech like the HN274H.

Both of these monitors sound pretty cool if you ask me. They aren't enough to pull me into 3D gaming but they do sound like good devices for anybody who doubles their monitor as a tv or who is really into 3D movies and gaming. The 27-inch HN274H will be available for $689 with the 23.6-inch HS244HQ available for $449.

Source: Slash Gear - Acer unveils new 3D monitors

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Enhance Your Computer Monitor with the PCEye from Tobii

Tobii PCEyeI wrote recently about a laptop with the technology to follow your gaze as you watched the screen. This allowed for the laptop to do a number of tasks including scrolling the screen as you read the text on it. Well, the people behind that technology, Tobii Assistive Technology, are bringing their eyeball-tracking technology to any personal computer with the Tobii PCEye. The PCEye, which is a part of Tobii's line of assistive technologies, allows people to control their mouse and computer with a mere glance at their monitor. This opens up new possibilities for those with impaired motor functions or communication disabilities. People that may be suffering from such things as a spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, ALS or a variety of other conditions now have the ability to type, surf the internet and take advantage of a wide variety of software that they would not be able to access otherwise. The Tobii PCEye is a standalone device which connects to your computer via USB connection and is easily mounted on the bottom of the computer monitor. The PCEye is designed with a magnetic mount and can fit on monitors ranging from 15 to 22 inches. Similar to the technology found on the laptop from Toshiba and Lenovo, the PCEye uses infrared light and special sensors to track a person's eye position and accumulate eye-gaze data. A built-in processor then converts the received data into cursor control which allows users to interact with their computers by gazing, blinking and lingering with their eyes. What is cool is that the technology is designed to track the eyes of any human being. It doesn't matter what color your eyes are or the lighting conditions of the room and it is not affected by people wearing contact lenses or glasses. The Tobii PCEye is compatible with Microsoft operating systems including Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP and is also optimized for use with a lot of different assistive programs. You can order the PCEye via Source: PCEye Brings Eye-Control Tech to Disabled

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