6 Most Interesting Tech Announcements from E3
From glasses-less 3D to seriously compact hardware, even non-gamers can get excited about some of the technology announced this week at the video game industry's flagship conference.
The last couple weeks brought us both Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference and Microsoft's Tech-Ed, giving the chance for the two companies to show off new hardware, software and updates for the overall computer industry. This week, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), currently taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, changes the focus to the video game market. With gaming often pushing the limits of what hardware and software can do, and with Microsoft continuing to make major plays with its gaming division, don't be surprised if some of these advances have an impact in one way or another outside of gaming over the next few years.
1) Nintendo Puts 3D in Your Hands (Without the Glasses)
Just like Hollywood, the gaming industry is also throwing their cap in the 3D field. While the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 has plans for 3D gaming (with the use of a 3D TVs), Nintendo unveiled its 3D-enabled portable system -- the Nintendo 3DS.
What sets it apart is that its immersive visual technology will not require users to wear specially-designed glasses. The two-screen handheld will employ three cameras and a side-slider to calculate the distance of the users' eyes from the screen to adjust the image accordingly. It will also allow users to take 3D photographs and view 3D movies. Similar to Nintendo DS, it will come with a 3.5 inch top screen and a 3.02 bottom touchscreen. Seeing as this is Nintendo's second attempt at a 3D console, let's see if they've learned from the mistakes of the failed (and headache-inducing) Virtual Boy.
2) Microsoft Gets You off the Couch