With movies like Avatar and recent innovations unveiled at CES, it's become quite obvious that the world has caught 3D fever. Unlike 3D crazes of yesteryear, the resurgence of 3D technology seems to be here for good. With new 3D products encompassing all areas of video technology, and the Blu-ray Association and HDMI Licensing announcing their 3D specifications, it was only a matter of time before 3D hardware became a reasonably priced addition to home entertainment technology.
Yesterday, Sony launched their newest product, the BDP-S470 stand-alone Blu-ray 3D-ready player. Not only does the BDP-S470 have the capability to play Blu-ray 3D content (with firmware updates that will become available this summer), but Sony has packed it full of other features as well. According to Sony's press release, once connected to broadband Internet, the Blu-ray 3D player can "instantly stream movies, videos, music, and more from Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube, Slacker Internet Radio, Pandora (Coming Spring 2010), NPR, Sony Pictures, Sony Music, and over 25 total providers through the Sony BRAVIA Internet Video platform." And, because the iPhone has an app for everything, it also has an app for the BDP-S470. The Blu-ray 3D player can be controlled by the user's iPhone or iPod Touch with a free app (downloaded from the Apple App Store) called "BD Remote."
The BDP-S470 is priced surprisingly low ($200), making 3D home entertainment an affordable addition to consumer households and further perpetuating 3D fever. Have you caught it yet?