Sony Planning 3D Notebook, TV Channel: Report
Sony follows HP and Lenovo into the 3D notebook space with an announcement of a 3D-capable Vaio notebook coming next spring, according to reports from the IFA consumer electronics trade show.At the IFA electronics show in Berlin, Sony showed off a prototype of a notebook computer that can display 3D video and games at 1080p resolution, according to a CNET report. Company CEO Howard Stringer confirmed during a press conference that 3D Sony Vaio laptops would be available next spring, though no pricing details were mentioned. The announcement adds to Sony's previous moves into the 3D entertainment market, following confirmation that its Blu-ray players and PlayStation 3 gaming console would receive firmware updates to become 3D capable. During an elaborate press conference, Sony also unveiled plans to launch a 3D TV channel that would feature content include natural history, children's programming, science and motion pictures, according to the CNET report. Sony's motion picture division also plans to unveil several 3D movies soon, many of them sequels to blockbusters from the past two decades. "Being shot in 3D doesn't automatically guarantee success," Stringer was quoted as saying. "What counts is how well you tell a story. A hit is still a hit--except in 3D it's a bigger hit."Though the mainstream acceptance of 3D entertainment technology outside of the movie theater remains nascent, Sony is hardly alone in introducing the technology in the computer and gaming markets: HP is targeting the 3D trend with the Envy 17 3D, which comes with HP Active Shutter 3D glasses that integrate wirelessly with the laptop's 17.3-inch display. Lenovo's IdeaPad Y560d, the company's first multimedia laptop with a 3D display, features a TriDef 3D technology solution that includes a 3D screen, software and glasses.
On the home entertainment side, LG, the world's second-largest maker of TVs, forecast in June that global sales of 3D notebook computers would increase five fold next year to 1.1 million units and jump to 13.8 million units by 2015. This year's Consumer Electronics Show also saw a slew of 3D televisions debut, including models from JVC, Samsung, Panasonic and Toshiba.