Nvidia launches 3D Vision Live

January 5, 2011 // 3:23 p.m.

Tags: #3d #3d-photography #3d-video #3dvision #3dvisionlive #ces-2011 #nvidia

Nvidia has used the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as the launchpad for its latest venture: an online community for viewing and sharing 3D content, including videos and photos.

3D Vision Live is designed to kindle the so-far slow adoption of 3D displays, as well as Nvidia's own 3D Vision active shutter glasses. In the words of Nvidia's general manager of 3D Vision Phil Eisler, the ultimate aim of 3D Vision Live 'is to create an online community where users can experience the best applications and content for 3D PCs.'

At its heart, 3D Vision Live is a site that showcases the benefits of 3D technology, featuring movie trailers, music videos, sports footage and short films. However, Nvidia is attempting to make it a social hub too, with the option to upload and share 3D photographs with friends, family and total strangers.

Sadly, there's no option for sharing 3D video, but the site looks like a winner for those looking to share images; photos uploaded to the site are viewable in both full-colour 3D using Nvidia's 3D Vision active shutter glasses and, for those who haven't accepted 3D into their lives yet, in blue/red anaglyph mode, so they can be viewed with nothing more than cardboard and sweet wrappers.

To get the site started, Nvidia is populating 3D Vision Live with a raft of photographs taken by professional photographers and 3D photography enthusiasts, and promises that 'thousands of photos' will be available for users to view and rate.

Currently in beta, the site is accessible at 3DVisionLive.com.

Do you think Nvidia's efforts will help make 3D displays more popular for PCs in the home, or will it take more than a handful of photographs and some film trailers to convince you to shell out for some dorky glasses? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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