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Royal Wedding Won't Be Filmed in 3-D, We Cry Lifelike Tears of Sorrow

The royal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William is swelling to an unceasing, deafening and overexposed roar. We Yanks have been barraged with imitation wedding rings, iTunes soundtracks of the event and commemorative plates galore (SO. MANY. COMMEMORATIVE. PLATES.) But one sensory assault we won't have to endure is the hyperreal 3-D experience, despite the fact that the Queen Mother is...

Microsoft Stitches Together Cell Phone Photos to Create 3-D Models

Microsoft researchers have whipped up an impressive new cell phone app that turns camera-phone snapshots into 3-D models. The app is similar to Microsoft's Photosynth, which stitches together images to recreate 3-D environments. But Photosynth simply created the illusion of 3-D; this new project actually analyzes images, and maps depth by comparing how objects appear in different photos. ...

Explore March Madness Arenas in 3-D with Google Earth

Tonight's First Four games in Dayton, Ohio, will tip off the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Until then, Google has a remedy for March Madness, offering 3-D virtual tours of the tourney's 14 host arenas. You can get a sneak peek, inside and out, at the places in which all the hoop heartbreak and joy will go down. In addition to the 3-D tours, Google has created a map that pinpoints the...

'Great Gatsby' Flick to Be Shot in 3-D

It sounds like a story line straight out of 'The Simpsons.' For the first time in years, a movie director will soon adapt 'The Great Gatsby' to the silver screen. Except this Gatsby will be in 3-D. And in Australia. Let's just hope that director Baz Lurhmann goes ahead, fully embraces absurdity, and writes in a few car chases....

Get Your Glasses Ready: 24/7 3-D TV Launches Sunday on DirecTV

Next week, two channels will begin broadcasting 3-D programming around the clock, albeit to a limited audience. 3net, a 3-D joint venture from IMAX, Discovery and Sony, will launch on Sunday night, just one day before ESPN begins full-time broadcasting on ESPN 3D. For the moment, 3net plans to air many of the same shows on loop, including 20 hours of original programming in February. The...

Penthouse 3-D: First Tri-Dimensional Porn Channel Lands Next Quarter

We knew it was coming -- so to speak -- but now it's official: 3-D porn will soon be here! Penthouse has just announced that it will be launching an all-3-D porn channel in the second quarter of this year. "We started shooting in 3-D this past summer, and have significantly invested to perfect 3-D production quality," said Marc Bell, CEO of Penthouse publisher FriendFinder Networks. "Consumer...

3-D TV at CES: Going Small and Cheap, Whether You Want It or Not

As we wandered the halls of CES 2011, one thing became abundantly clear: that this 3-D thing just isn't going away. We'd previously written off 3-D TV and movies as gimmicky and prone to producing headaches, but the industry is clearly taking it very seriously. Last year, all the major TV manufacturers were pushing 3-D sets, and all were back this year with upgraded displays, new glasses and...

Nintendo's Wrong: Eye Docs Say You've Nothing to Fear From the 3DS

Good news, everyone! If you've been staving off your desire for the totally rad technology of 3-D because you fear that the hand-held 3DS may make you (or your children) blind, ophthalmologists have a polite reminder: that 3-D is a close approximation to the way our eyes normally see. According to Harvard opthalmologist Dr. David Hunter, there is little evidence to support Nintendo's claim that...

Privacy, Pervs and 'Pads: The Tech Moments of 2010 We Won't (and Can't) Forget

Is it just us, or did 2010 seem like an abnormally long year? Of course, it was no longer than any other year in history. But, from a tech perspective, at least, this year saw more seismic changes and game-altering developments than any other in recent memory. From Android to Zuckerberg, 'FarmVille' to Foursquare, iPad to iPhone 4, 2010 certainly wasn't short on memorable moments. Here are 15...

Nintendo Warns 3DS Could Damage Kids' Eyes

Only months before the 3DS launches in Japan and the U.S., Nintendo is now warning customers on its Japanese site that children under 6 years old shouldn't use the 3-D console, because it might damage the development of their eyes. The 3DS, which features 3-D gameplay without glasses, will have the option to lock into 2-D mode so younger kids can safely play, according to Engadget. While...

Why, Johnny, Why? Wiseau's 'The Room' Getting 3-D Reboot

Well, 3-D filmmaking just officially jumped the shark. Director Tommy Wiseau apparently hopes to update his infamously and awesomely terrible film 'The Room' with three-dimensional ridiculousness. In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly (or, really, with anyone who was willing to listen), Wiseau announced his plan to refurbish the cult classic. The director reportedly hopes to release...

NBA Goes 3-D With ESPN 3D's Coverage of Heat vs. Knicks Tonight

The ESPN 3D channel broadcast World Cup games over the summer and college football games during the fall. Now, the network -- which just released its NBA 3-D schedule -- is ready for some round-ball. The 3-dimensional hard-court coverage begins tonight at 7 p.m. (EST) when the New York Knicks visit the Miami Heat. The network currently plans to offer 3-D hoops on a somewhat regular basis...

Consumers Skipping on 3-D and Web-Connected TVs

During this holiday season, electronics manufacturers and retailers were counting on new tech like 3-D and Internet connectivity to help push TV sales, but it looks as though consumers have little interest in the latest gimmicks. According to Reuters, Best Buy chief exec Brian Dunn told analysts on Tuesday that 3-D TV sales were not living up to industry expectations. He blamed consumer confusion...

J-Pop Star (and 3-D Hologram) Hatsune Miku Sells Out Stadiums

Hatsune Miku has topped the pop charts in Japan, sold out stadium concerts and become a legitimate cultural phenomenon. The interesting thing is that Miku doesn't exist -- at least not in any traditional sense of the word. Miku is a computer-generated avatar that performs songs with the help of a live band. But unlike say, Gorillaz, a cartoon band that merely serves as the public face of an...

Gucci's 3-D Glasses Make You Look Good When No One Can See You

It's no big secret that people hate 3-D glasses, which have probably been the biggest barrier to the widespread adoption of 3-D TV. Consumer glasses are ugly, uncomfortable and expensive. But while we wait for Toshiba to get its glasses-free 3-D tech to market, Gucci is now catering to vain geeks who worry that the movie theater handouts aren't flattering enough (or are dipped in a soup of...