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Google Goggles

According to insisting rumors, Google is developping augmented reality 3D stereoscopic glasses that will superimpose information on top of the surrooundings. Using geolocalisation, and perhaps accelerometers, the wearable head-up display (HUD) knows that you are in front of a restaurant, and displays the opening days, the menu, and the today's specials. The potential revenues in geolocalisation advertising is so huge that Google may sell the "Google goggles" for a very low price.

Google goggles will be similar in appearance to normal eyewear with most probably a few buttons on the sides, a battery in one on the branches, and a Bluetooth receiver in the other, ready to be connected to your Android smartphone or  (maybe) to an iPhone.

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Kingdom Hearts 3D

3DS news percolated from the last Mahukari Messe convention held on December 17-18, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan: "Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance]" is the name of the next instance of this ten-years old game that will be released in March 2012 (in Japan first; a bit later in the US and Europe) on the Nintendo 3DS autostereoscopic console. Square Enix just released an 8min trailer on YouTube visible here under (in 2D). We found also a 3D video in a remote corner of the YouTube labyrinth...

Square Enix

 Square Enix develops and licenses SQUARE ENIX, EIDOS and TAITO branded entertainment content in Europe and other territories. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as IO Interactive, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix Group boasts a valuable portfolio including: FINAL FANTASY (100 million units sold worldwide), DRAGON QUEST (59 million), and TOMB RAIDER (35 million), as well as the legendary SPACE INVADERS. Square Enix Ltd. is based in London, UK.

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BBC R&D tests 3D sound

BBC R&D's audio team (Manchester, UK) is looking at potential next generation audio formats. It already outputs mono, stereo and 5.1 surround sound, but the organisation is keen to investigate 3D sound.

The BBC is studying advantages of Ambisonics sound. For example, they proceeded to a recording inside the Manchester Cathedral with a combination of Ambisonics soundfield microphones and close microphones. This helped the team to understand the challenges of integrating 3D audio capture and mixing into real-world live production environment.

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Dailymotion 3D Channel

Dailymotion launches its first 3D channel. Two years after YouTube, Dailymotion offers an alternative to 3D amateurs for publishing their 3D stereoscopic videos on the web. Created in partnership with the French operator Orange, the new 3D channel offers less than 100 videos for now, but expect the number to increase quickly. This may explain why the channel title is in French...

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To watch Dailymotion 3D, you will need some kind of 3D display and the related equipment such as Nvidia 3D vision glasses. If you don't have that, a simple standard screen will allow you to watch 3D with red/cyan anaglyph glasses. Choose your 3D mode by clicking on the "3D" icon in the top right corner of the video window. Note that on my PC, I had to put the image in full screen mode at least once for the video to accept a new setting. Some content are available in 1080p HD.

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Prometheus Official First Footage Released

 Ridley Scott just released the first images of Prometheus, an alien-like action movie (Watch it here under). This is the first time we are seeing any footage for the film. The real trailer will be available next Thursday *** Watch this space ***

 Prometheus is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Guy Pearce, and Patrick Wilson. Prometheus will hit theaters on May 30,2012 in Europe and on June 8, 2012 in the US - of course in glorious stereoscopic 3D.

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