Hewlett-Packard Goes 3D



Hewlett-Packard today introduced three new 3D-based computer products.

The new entries include a 3D TouchSmart PC, an entry- level 3D computer monitor and a device to wirelessly stream 3D content from a laptop to a 3D television.

HP announced on Oct. 27 it would retain its personal systems group. The company had previously announced it would either sell or spin off the group, but that decision was reversed, said HP’s new CEO Meg Whitman.

The TouchSmart 620 3D Edition PC is a revamped version of the TouchSmart 610 that is now out on the market. The 23-inch 3D model requires active 3D glasses, and it adds a 120Mhz display, AMD processor and discrete graphics, and can be equipped with two 1.5TB hard drives. It is also equipped with a 3D webcam.

The unit comes bundled with Cyberlink’s 2D-to-3D conversion software for video and TriDef Ignition Game Player to play 2D games in 3D.

The TouchSmart 620 3D will ship on Nov. 15 and carry a $1,599 suggested retail.

Hitting stores on Nov. 8 with a $299 suggested retail is the HP 2311gt 3D monitor. The 23-inch model requires simple polarized glasses for 3D viewing.

The monitor is aimed at consumers interested in getting into 3D, but who are unwilling to pay for a more expensive panel. HP is able to bring the 2311gt in at $299 because it uses a passive panel equipped with film-type patterned retarder (FPR) technology in conjunction with a pair of circularly polarized glasses.

FPR basically breaks the pixels into two groups with the oddly numbered pixels being viewed by the left eye and the even numbered pixels being seen by the right. The viewer’s mind then combines the two creating a 3D image, said Peter Ellis, HP display product and technology strategy lead.

“It’s 3D, but 3D for anyone,” he said, adding it also comes with the Cyberlink software so there is no dearth of content.

The final 3D product is the HP Wireless TV Connect 3D. This features a USB device that plugs into a computer’s USB and HDMI port to stream the 3D content to a second device that is connected 3DTV. The system uses WHDI streaming technology.

It ships on Dec. 7 with a $179 suggested retail.


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