iZ3D, the company responsible for that $399 22-inch 3D monitor, has just unveiled a new way to see the third dimension at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco. The new polarized 3D glasses are currently in beta testing and should soon be released alongside the iZ3D v2.0 / DirectX 10 driver. Reportedly, these linear polarized glasses will solve color viewing issues experienced by some users, not to mention allowing for easier user adjustments. Full releases for both the spectacles and the new driver are just past the break.
Future of 3D is Looking Bright with New Polarized Glasses from iZ3D
New Glasses Provide Color Correction, Longer Gameplay and Crisp Graphics
San Diego, Calif., -- iZ3D Inc., designer, developer and pioneer of advanced stereoscopic 3D visualization systems, has created new linear polarized glasses for the popular iZ3D stereoscopic 3D monitors. The glasses are currently in beta testing for release with the upcoming iZ3D Version 2.0/ DirectX®10 Driver. The company will be showcasing the new glasses at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, CA March 23-27, 2009 in Booth 6020.
"Customer feedback is very important to iZ3D. We have been forging new ground for stereoscopic 3D displays and drivers for the wide variety of gamers, movie buffs and graphic artists that appreciate the 3D experience. Through this feedback we became concerned with a small percentage of people who saw two variations of color through our partially elliptical polarized glasses," said Thomas Striegler, CEO iZ3D Inc. We began to research other types of polarization and were impressed with the many advantages that linear polarization provided to the entire 3D visual experience.
The linear polarized glasses will solve the above mentioned color difference issues as well as provide an enhanced crisp, clear picture to users. This polarization also allows for easier user adjustments to the 3D environment to provide better into and out of stereoscopic 3D screen effects and ultimately provides the enjoyment of longer game play.
iZ3D brand monitors are top-of-the-line 2D monitors the entire family can use for everyday applications. Then, with the push of a button, users can put on a pair of 3D-glasses and immerse themselves into a favorite off-the-shelf game in stunning 3D.
The iZ3D 3D monitor solution includes:
- 22-inch wide screen 3D/2D keyboard switchable LCD monitor
- 3 pairs of passive polarized 3D glasses (5 other models are available online)
- iZ3D Stereoscopic 3D and Anaglyph 3D software drivers (other drivers are available online)
- Power and video cables
- Quick-start guide
- Free membership into iZ3D's upcoming 3D gaming network
Monitor specifications are:
- 22-inch wide screen LCD
- 1680 x 1050 resolution
- Up to 170-degree 3D viewing angle
- 5ms response time
- 700:1 contrast ratio
- 16.7-million colors
- 300 nits
The solution is compatible with Microsoft® Windows XP and Microsoft Vista operating systems. Games written for DirectX® 8, 9, 10, require a graphics card with 2 video outputs (VGA, DVI, or HDMI). Most games written in the last six years are already designed for 3D, but until now lacked, a way of displaying them properly. A list of games that have been compatibility tested by iZ3D, MTBS and customer testers can be found at www.3drulez.com.
Availability and Pricing
The iZ3D 22-inch monitor has a MSRP of $399.00 USD and is currently available in the U.S. at Fry's and Micro Center stores. Online retailers include www.staples.com, www.newegg.com, www.amazon.com, www.pcmall.com, www.criticalbuy.com, www.iz3d.com, www.walmart.com, www.buy.com and other online etailers.
The iZ3D Version 1.09 Driver is available at www.iz3d.com. The standard iZ3D S-3D and anaglyph output are included with the purchase of an iZ3D monitor. The exclusive ATI 3D DLP output is free to AMD customers. All other drivers can be purchased at $49.99 per output.
iZ3D Announces New Alpha Version Driver Support for DirectX10 Games at GDC
Attendees Can Test Drive DirectX10 Games in Stereoscopic-3D on an iZ3D Monitor
San Diego, Calif., March 23, 2009 -- iZ3D Inc., designer, developer and pioneer of advanced stereoscopic 3D visualization systems, is pleased to announce it now offers an alpha version of a S-3D driver that is compatible with Microsoft DirectX®10-based games. The company will be showcasing the new drivers at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, CA March 23-27, 2009 in Booth 6020.
"We have been on the cutting edge of developing compatible stereoscopic 3D drivers for the wide variety of games on the market today. It is a challenge between the sheer technology brainpower required to develop a driver, as well as the delicacy of ensuring everyone's intellectual property is safe as well," said Thomas Striegler, CEO iZ3D Inc.
The company has been at the forefront in developing robust drivers for the entire 3D gaming community. Other 3D manufacturers have used iZ3D drivers for 3D products, since they are appreciably the most current drivers. The company is also working with Microsoft® and major graphics card manufacturers to ensure fewer compatibility issues.
iZ3D brand monitors are top of the line 2D monitors the entire family can use for everyday applications. Then, with the push of a button, users can put on a pair of 3D-glasses and immerse themselves into a favorite off-the-shelf game in stunning 3D.
"iZ3D has helped the entire S-3D industry move forward with our research. Last year, iZ3D developed the free-for-download driver that allows users to 'test drive' anaglyph 3D on any monitor to see if they liked the 3D experience," commented David Chechelashvili, iZ3D VP of Marketing. "In 2009, we continued our research to create a driver for the next generation of graphics intensive DirectX10 based games."