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3D – Oh My…

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

So, 3D video was kind of a trick pony at first, and I did get myself a Sony 48″ with 3D capabilities a couple of years ago.  One of the 3D options is to run in simulated 3D.  This is pretty neat, and Sony did a pretty good job with the software, as it takes a 2D feed and figures out the 3D offsets.  Not as good as pure 3D original content, but it does work.

All I used it for was watching DVD’s in 3D sim, at first.  Then I discovered the XBox 360 game Crysis 2 was coded for SbS 3D, one of the legit 3D inputs the TV recognizes.  It was a lot of fun.  The active glasses are a bit tiring after a couple hours of use, and you have to keep them charged, but whatevs, I like Sony products and how they integrate (I don’t have a PS though).

So, this Christmas, I broke down and got myself a Sony Blueray player with 3D, and a copy of Dredd (awesome and faithful movie adaption of the source material), in 3D.  I watched that movie the other night on DVD thru the XB, so I wanted to see the difference in 1080 and in 3D.  It was kind of late last night, so I thought I’d just check out the first part to get an idea, then nod off.  Didn’t work out that way.  Dredd is, like I said, an awesome move anyway, but 30 seconds into the intro and I wasn’t going anywhere till the end credits.  I saw things I did not recall seeing visually before (and I’ve watched it a number of times), and oddly, heard things I hadn’t before either.  Awesome+ (?), Yeah, muchly awesumzorz.

Switching gears a little, but we’ll circle back in a sec.  I got me a Blade Inductrix FPV a couple weeks back.  I had an original Inductrix, but it would only loft 8 grams, and would only fly for about 2 minutes on a 150 mah 1s.  Kinda weak.  So, I got one of he new fpv versions with upgunned motors and a wire dipole Vtx under a neat little canopy.  I’m not going to go into a review of it, but the cam is good in low light, the Vtx works great indoors, and it flies with authority on 1s 200mAH for about 4 minutes.  It does have some quirks though, but is a great little indoor fpv nano quad.  My mom likes to backseat when I fly it at her house.  Haven’t gotten her to actually try flying it, yet, but the buddy box is all ready to go.  She can fly it, she just has to want to before she does.

Christmas time, and family is coming to visit.  My aunt and mothers cousin are coming today, both are interested in the toys I play with, and I know they’ll want to go for a ride later.  Glad to do it, honestly, they seem entertained.  I prefer to fly with Goggles strapped to my face, in lieu of a base station monitor.  It just seems that I feel the aircraft better just visually with the goggles.  Anyway, having 2 goggles presents a problem of 1 rider at a time.  I do however have a Vrx that’s standalone.  I used to use it for another older set of Fatsharks that had a 2.4GHz Vrx internal.  So I hooked the receiver to a small monitor in the office and flew a flight.  Worked pretty good, but I felt a little disconnected.  The important thing is that I got it on a monitor that a room full of folks could watch at the same time.  Ok, mom has a Sony TV, so I thought I’d test on mine to make sure it theoretically would work at her house later.

See where this is going?  I hooked up the receiver to the AV input, got everything spooled up and powered on, sat down, donned the shutter glasses and switched into 3D sim.  Like I said earlier, it does a pretty good job of simulating 3D.  The test flight was amazing.  The 3D on the fish eye was interesting, but wasn’t a problem.  The reception on the receiver was a little limited compared to the raceband module with a patch antenna, and I do have to power it from a 3s LiPo.  But the 3D fpv was quite a surprise.  The funny thing is that I did feel a little more connected to the aircraft than the first test flight.  I believe this was a trick of having to wear the shutter glasses fooling my head a little, and maybe the 3D itself was immersing me more than 2D in the goggles.  At any rate, that will not be the last time I fly using the TV.