This week in 3D news

Here’s what you may have missed in 3D news this week.

Avatar in 3D is back

Avatar will return to theaters on Aug. 27, reports the LA Times. “Avatar: Special Edition” includes an additional eight minutes of unseen footage and will only be screened in Digital 3D or Imax 3D.

3D? What 3D?

More than one in 10 has a visual impairment that prevents them from seeing 3D films properly, according to a British eyecare study. Their brains can’t correctly process when their individual eyes transmit different images, which is the foundation of present-day 3D delivery.

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Piranha 3D too hot for Comic-Con

The Weinstein Company’s “Piranha 3D” panel was pulled from the Comic-Con schedule, according to Hitfix.com. Apparently, the footage they wanted to show was too gory and not suitable for the family-friendly event. The screening was moved off-site.

Lasers for brighter 3D?

A New Hampshire company wants to develop 3D cinema projectors that use lasers as their light source, instead of the standard xenon light bulb, reports the Boston Globe. This would lead to brighter 3D images, the company claims, and eliminate the need for bulb changes. While lasers are already used in home theater and business projectors (see Casio‘s new Green Slim line), there is no word when, or if, this technology will hit the cinema.

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3D PlayStation 3 firmware update set for September

Sony will release the PlayStation 3 3D firmware update this September, according to Itproportal.com. Once updated, users will be able to play 3D Blu-ray discs, that is, as long as they have a compatible display and cables.

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