Items tagged with VISION

Sometimes, technology is more than just a boost in processing power or an increase in capacity. Sometimes, it's about the people. Qualcomm has just unveiled some pretty radical stuff through its Wireless Reach initiative, and in cooperation with Project RAY. Project RAY designs accessibility tools for blind and visually impaired people, and the company jointly announced this week that they have developed the RAY mobile device, an always-on, easy-to-use, multi-function, smartphone that is synchronized with Israel's Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped audio books content. Today, the majority of blind and visually impaired people use simple 2G mobile phones for voice... Read more...
Is 3D really here to stay? It's still hard to tell; the test of time has yet to be passed, but it seems to be gaining support rather than losing it. Now, even AMD is onboard the bandwagon, this week releasing a software kit to accelerate the development of stereo 3D. AMD today announced the availability of the AMD Quad Buffer SDK for AMD HD3D technology, delivering a vital tool to developers engaged in building immersive stereo 3D capabilities into upcoming game titles. Concurrently, new passive and active monitors from Acer, LG, Samsung, and Viewsonic have further expanded ecosystem support for AMD HD3D technology. End-users with systems including any of the following: the AMD A-Series APUs,... Read more...
In January 2009, we reviewed the NVIDIA 3D Vision kit which brought the latest in 3D active-shutter technology to the PC gaming world. Since then, 3D has exploded on to the scene as motion pictures, games, and other video media all have support for the technology in a major way. Nowadays, when you go to a movie theater, chances are you'll have the option of watching new releases in either 2D or 3D. Moreover, HDTVs and Blu-ray players now offer 3D capable features that bring stereoscopic technology right into your living room. Of course, PC gaming is also on the bandwagon as hundreds of games support 3D out of the box. It's obvious we're heading toward a world where every facet of entertainment... Read more...
Not only is "Avatar" the top movie for yet another weekend, it apparently can also help diagnose vision problems.Anyone who has yet to see the movie has probably heard five or six (thousand) times that it's best seen in IMAX or 3-D. Problem is, once they get to the theater, they might not understand what all the fuss is about, because they find they can't see 3-D but never knew.Basically, the 3-D used in movies projects two images onto the screen, one seen by each eye (which is why the 1950s glasses had different-colored lenses, one red, one blue). That's why if you look at the screen without the glasses, it looks kind of blurry. The glasses help viewers see them properly so the images can be... Read more...
Some of the most impressive booths at CES 2010 used walls of screens that were spanned and combined to display one scene. The experience is similar to walking into Best Buy and standing in the middle of the TV section while surrounded with LCDs and Plasmas, but perhaps on a grander scale. While companies have been using this tactic for years in order to leave a lasting impression on consumers, gamers are now able to make use of multiple screens in order to maximize the adventure. Without a doubt, multi-panel gaming is the hottest ticket in the enthusiast scene. While ATI's Eyefinity has been on the market for a few months now, NVIDIA's Surround Gaming will show up very shortly. Here's what... Read more...
Some of the most impressive booths at CES 2010 used walls of screens that were spanned and combined to display one scene. The experience is similar to walking into Best Buy and standing in the middle of the TV section while surrounded with LCDs and Plasmas, but perhaps on a grander scale. While companies have been using this tactic for years in order to leave a lasting impression on consumers, gamers are now able to make use of multiple screens in order to maximize the adventure. Without a doubt, multi-panel gaming is the hottest ticket in the enthusiast scene. While ATI's Eyefinity has been on the market for a few months now, NVIDIA's Surround Gaming will show up very shortly. Here's what we... Read more...
  AMD Unveils VISION Technology, Launches Next-Generation Mainstream and Ultrathin Notebook Platforms —Look to notebooks powered by Vision Technology for a gorgeous visual experience, more features with Windows® 7, and dynamic entertainment capabilities on the go — SUNNYVALE, Calif. — September 10, 2009--AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the 2009 AMD Mainstream Notebook Platform and Second Generation AMD Ultrathin Platform, combining VISION technology from AMD with sleek, powerful, long-lasting notebooks. With next-generation HD graphics technology and multi-tasking processing power, the 2009 AMD Mainstream Notebook Platform transforms today’s notebook PC into a personal HD entertainment... Read more...
HotHardware attended NVIDIA's very first NVISION 08 visual computing conference that took place August 25 - 27 in San Jose, California and captured some of the sights and sounds from the event. This video is a compilation of the featured speakers and artists that participated in the keynotes. Featured speakers include Jen-Hsun Huang (NVIDIA CEO), Peter Stevenson (3D Modeling), Taehoon Kim (Nurien CEO), Marv White (CTO SportVision), Jeff Han (Multi-Touch Demo), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Eileen Collins (NASA), Bernard Charles (Dassault Systemes), Lorne Lanning (Creator of Oddworld), and Kyle Busch (NASCAR).NVISION 08 Video Highlights... Read more...
Synopsis: HotHardware attended NVIDIA's very first NVISION 08 visual computing conference that took place August 25 - 27 in San Jose, California and captured some of the sights and sounds from the event. This video is a compilation of the featured speakers and artists that participated in the keynotes.Featured speakers include Jen-Hsun Huang (NVIDIA CEO), Peter Stevenson (3D Modeling), Taehoon Kim (Nurien CEO), Marv White (CTO SportVision), Jeff Han (Multi-Touch Demo), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica), Eileen Collins (NASA), Bernard Charles (Dassault Systemes), Lorne Lanning (Creator of Oddworld), and Kyle Busch (NASCAR).HotHardware articles from NVISION 08: NVISION 08 Day 1: Jen-Hsun Huang's... Read more...
The second day of NVIDIA’s NVISION 08 visual computing conference began with a keynote address hosted by local television personality and tech analyst Scott Budman.  Budman only did a relatively small amount of speaking at the engagement, however, as he shared the stage with a number of guest speakers, including Eileen Collins of NASA, Lorne Lanning, NASCAR's Kyle Busch, and Bernard Charles. We have all the coverage for you here...   ... Read more...
The second day of NVIDIA’s NVISION 08 visual computing conference began with a keynote address hosted by local television personality and tech analyst Scott Budman. Budman only did a relatively small amount of speaking at the engagement, however, as he shared the stage with a number of guest speakers, including Eileen Collins of NASA, Lorne Lanning, NASCAR's Kyle Busch, and Bernard Charles.        There was no breaking news in the keynote; instead the speakers all explained how visual computing has transformed their respective industries. Eileen Collins, the first woman to pilot the space shuttle, explained how 3D simulators have significantly changed the way astronauts... Read more...
A few months ago, NVIDIA first told us about their plans to organize a massive event called NVISION that focused on all things in the visual computing field. NVIDIA planned to take over a number of major venues in downtown San Jose, including the convention center and a number of adjacent hotels, and invite experts and celebrities from the high-performance computing, gaming, video, movies, and graphics fields, to participate. An ambitious plan to say the least. Tonight we have our first glimpse of NVIDIA’s NVISION '08 show.   Make sure you check out Tricia Helfer of the TV series Battlestar Galactica.  She’s relatively easy on the nvision too…... Read more...
A few months ago, NVIDIA first told us about their plans to organize a massive event called NVISION that focused on all things in the visual computing field. NVIDIA planned to take over a number of major venues in downtown San Jose, including the convention center and a number of adjacent hotels, and invite experts and celebrities from the high-performance computing, gaming, video, movies, and graphics fields, to participate. An ambitious plan to say the least. Well, NVIDIA’s plans have finally come to fruition and they have in fact taken over much of downtown San Jose. NVISION 08 is so big, that San Jose mayor Chuck Reed actually opened the event with a few words and declared this “visual computing... Read more...
Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. to Exhibit at NVISION 08 -- ECS sponsors NVISION 08 as Gold Member of the Industry’s Premier Visual Computing Mega-Event.-- Fremont, CA (July 23, 2008) – Elitegroup Computer Systems, Inc. (ECS), the world’s leading motherboard, video card, notebook and desktop PC manufacturer, today announced its participation in NVISION 08, the premier mega-event gathering visual computing professionals and enthusiasts, as a gold sponsor.  NVISION 08 will be held in San Jose, California on August 25-27, 2008.  During the three-day event, ECS will focus on the theme “You Have One Chance” and will present customers and media with technology-driven products and innovation... Read more...
VISUAL COMPUTING INDUSTRY LEADERS LINE UP TO SPONSOR NVISION 08Christie, EVGA, HP, Microsoft, and PNY Technologies Head Up Key Sponsorships of First-Ever Visual Computing Mega-Event SANTA CLARA, CA–JULY 22, 2008–NVIDIA today announced the key sponsors for NVISION 08, the premier event for visual computing professionals and enthusiasts. Leading the list of sponsors and key contributors for the conference are Christie Digital Systems, EVGA, HP, Microsoft, and PNY Technologies. NVISION 08 will be held August 25-27, 2008 in San Jose, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, and will serve as a gathering point to share, learn, and create for this important industry which is redefining all aspects... Read more...
AMD has finally gone into full production with a new mask spin of their Phenom processor now dubbed the Phenom X4.  The new flagship 2.5GHz Phenom X4 9850 is representative of a new revision of the native quad-core Phenom silicon that resolves the well known TLB errata.  Quad-core Phenom X4 processors based on the new B3 revision silicon should be hitting store shelves in the not too distant future.  In addition to resolving the TLB bug, AMD is also unveiling some higher clocked Phenoms and tri-core and low-power models too.  We've got AMD's latest and greatest Phenom processor, the Phenom X4 9850, on the test bench and have our findings posted for you all right here... AMD... Read more...
  It doesn't take a genius to figure out that AMD's initial Phenom processor launch didn't go exactly as planned.  The first batch of retail-ready Phenom processors were clocked lower than expectations and in the days leading up to the launch, the now infamous TLB bug reared its ugly head.  If you're not aware, all initial Phenom and Opteron quad-core processors based on the Barcelona architecture were plagued by an errata that could cause a system crash under certain circumstances.  The errata involves the processor's translation lookaside buffer or "TLB" and L3 cache.  Keep in mind, every processor has some sort of errata, but it usually isn't cause for concern,... Read more...
Rumors have been swirling about the future of VIA's CPU and platform groups for several weeks.  Initial rumors claimed that VIA was simply going to sell both groups if they could find an interested buyer.  It now appears that VIA is merging both teams under the banner of the CPU team."The company will still provide support from AMD platforms while continuing the support older Intel products that are not impacted by patent issues, the paper noted.Due to client demand, the company has not completely given up on negotiating with Intel for a patent contract, however, even if the company does receive a license, the current competitiveness in the chipset market means that the company would... Read more...
With a major brain drain still in effect at Sony Online Entertainment, Sony's gaming division, it seems that SOE might be up for sale.  Who would they sell to?Activision is probably not in the market after their recent merger announcement.  Who else could there be?“India's Economic Times, citing anonymous sources and an unnamed Zapak official, had earlier reported that Zapak was set to buy Sony Online for about $300 million."Sony Online Entertainment is not for sale and the report that Zapak is purchasing Sony Online Entertainment is completely erroneous and false," a company spokesperson for San Diego-based Sony Online told Reuters over telephone.”We're not entirely sure that SOE's... Read more...
Surprising to get news this huge on a Sunday, but here we are.  Activision and Blizzard are very successful on their own, and today they announced they would merge to form a company with a rather long name -- Activision Blizzard -- as well as a firm with large aspirations.Activision and Blizzard have said they will form "the world's most profitable games business" in a deal worth $18.8bn (£9.15bn).US-based Activision also makes hit console games such as the Tony Hawk series and Guitar Hero.Nine million people pay a monthly subscription to play World of Warcraft.Vivendi will be the largest single shareholder in the merged company.  With the new company's expanded resources, can... Read more...
On February 18, 2009, broadcasters will stop transmitting analog signals. As such, this move should not surprise anyone, but Best Buy is the first consumer-electronics retailer to indicate it has pulled the plug on analog TVs. The Richfield, Minn.-based electronics retailer said it has pulled all remaining analog television products from store shelves and will only sell digital video tuners. Best Buy said it is the first retailer to exit the analog television business. Last month, the retailer released a survey it conducted that showed that almost 90 percent of Americans don't understand HDTVs. The retailer then launched a campaign to educate consumers about the high definition/digital products.... Read more...
In many ways, the video game business is a zero-sum game. The amount of time that gamers can spend going virtual places and killing imaginary things is huge, but it is limited. So video game producers always keep one eye on the competition and one on the market. Electronic Arts is the largest independent video game maker in the world, but they forgot to look over their shoulder for Activision, which raced past them to become the largest game developer, at least in North America. BusinessWeek talked to CEO Robert Kotick about how Activision did it. It's been a remarkable ride for Activision, which was the first independent video game producer, making games for the Atari system back... Read more...
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