Saturday, October 22, 2011

Suggestions?

Hey guys,

I really appreciate all the support you are giving to my blog by viewing and reading it. Please continue to read my posts and comment on them to stay informed.

Because the people who read my blog are the most important part, I would like to know what you guys want to read about! It can be anything tech related: reviews, opinion articles, predictions, anything! Just comment below telling me what you want to see (you do not have to sign in).

So comment away! What do want to see next? Don't be shy!

Again thanks so much for reading.

-Elisabeth :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Have we gone 3D crazy?!?

I'm sure you have noticed the 3D craziness these days. I mean, 3D technology is in almost everything these days, and not just on your movie screen at the theater. There are 3D TVs, phones, tablets, cameras, and even 3D gaming systems!

"The first patent for a mechanism which produced 3D effects was issued in the name of William Friese-Greene, a portrait photographer and an inventor in the 1890s. He played two films juxtaposed and used a stereoscope to converge them. Although advanced, his mechanism wasn’t suited to practical use in the cinemas of the day." - http://www.thegeminigeek.com/who-invented-3d/

The first 3D movie released was 'The Power of Love' in 1922. Back then, people used stereoscopes to see the movie. The film, produced by Harry K. Fairall and Robert F. Elder, was not a hit. 3D movies had not really caught on yet, and was not seen as the standard.

Power of Love, 1922 in 3D


Polarizing sheets, used in 3D glasses, was a technology brought by Edwin Herbert Land back in 1929. Carl Zeiss (now famous for the Carl Zeiss lens used in some smartphones) started commericially producing 3D glasses in 1936.

3D movies experienced an increase in popularity during three time periods: 1952-55, 1960-79, and 1985-2003. However, 3D did not go mainstream until 2003.

But...how did we get to 3D TVs, phones, and games? Read on to find out.

When 3D movies were becoming popular and making money, TV decided to embrace the new technology. The biggest shows know for 3D were Third Rock from the Sun and Home Improvement. The Third Rock from the Sun episode cost one and a half million dollars to make.

The big year for 3D was 2009. With movies like Avatar, Up, and Monsters vs. Aliens, 3D was becoming a real success and was set to stay around for a while.




Later, 3D televisions were put on the market for those who wanted to take 3D outside of the theater. Special glasses were included.

You could say that with 3D movies and TV getting all this attention, the other digital entertainment markets, like cell phones, for example might want a slice of the 3D pie too.

The first 3D phone, LG Optimus 3D, was announced on February 14, 2011. This phone shows just how far 3D has come. It offers the ability to watch 3D content, and record 3D videos without glasses, whereas back in 1912, you needed a stereoscope (pictured below). Also, there is a preview video below on the LG Optimus 3D.







Finally, there is 3D gaming. The only technology for 3D gaming right now is portable, on the Nintendo 3DS. The Nintendo 3DS was released on March 27, 2011. You can game in 3D or 2D, and you can also take 3D pictures with the 3DS's dual cameras. At the time of this post, the Nintendo 3DS is available for $169.99 at nintendo.com.

So, what do you think? Is 3D technology too much for you? Do you prefer your on-screen monsters to not look like they're jumping out at you? Do you think being able to record 3D videos and pictures is unneccessary? Let me know what you think in the comments!


Thanks for reading, I hope this was informative!

Sources: http://www.pcworld.com/article/197540/the_history_of_3d_movies_and_3d_tv.html, http://www.thegeminigeek.com/who-invented-3d
http://blogs.wsj.com/tech-europe/2011/02/15/lg-unveils-the-worlds-first-3d-phone/

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Tablets vs. eReaders | Best Buy On

I came across this video on the Best Buy website this morning. Its simple and informational for anyone deciding on either a tablet or an eReader. Let me know if it was helpful!
-Elisabeth

Steve Jobs

I actually meant to post this October 6th, but I didn't. Sorry....
As you probably know, Steve Jobs died yesterday. He created the technology for the iPhone, iPod, Mac computer, and co-founded Apple Inc. He also founded Pixar animation, the company that made movies like Finding Nemo and Toy Story. He resigned from Apple in August, then Tim Cook took over. He had pancreatic cancer, which I believe he announced back in 2004. He left behind a wife and four children.

He will never be forgotten.

RIP Steve Jobs

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

iPhone 4S!!! Will you get it?


The long awaited iPhone 4S is finally here. It was announced earlier today by Tim Cook because Steve Jobs stepped down earlier this year due to health issues. The design of the new iPhone 4S is the same as last year's iPhone 4S. However, there are some new features.

Camera -

The new iPhone 4S sports an eight megapixel camera that shoots 1080p video. Also, there are options for tweaking the photo in the Camera app (finally!) without having to use an external application. Here is what the new Camera app in iOS 5 (which releases October 12) will look like:



Another new iPhone 4S feature is Siri. Siri is just like the Genius button an Android phone. You can ask Siri to call or text someone, remind you of an event, or tell you the weather. You can also search for resturaunts and other businesses, or give you directions. It's like a virtual assistant in your pocket.

The third iPhone 4S feature I'd like to mention is iCloud, which will be avaiable on all the new iOS devices, including iPad 2 (released earlier this year) and the new iPod touch (which I will probably talk about in a later post). This basically syncs all you music, photos, and applications between your devices and Mac if you have more than one.

The final feature I am going to mention is the A5 chip. Basically, it makes the phone's graphics smooth and the phone fast.

Here are more pictures of the new iPhone 4S!




This is iMessage. It's kind of like IM, but limited to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

So, what do you think of the iPhone 4S? Would you get it? Is it an enough of an upgrade from the iPhone 4?

The iPhone 4S will be available for pre-order on October 7, and goes on sale October 14. It will now available on Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T. T-Mobile is not accquiring the iPhone at this point.

Thanks for reading!

~Elisabeth