Saturday, 8 March 2014

Glases Free 3D photo editing with StereoPhotoMaker

Was wondering if it was possible and potentially very cool... to use  one of my glasses free 3D screened Android devices as a preview window whilst editing 3D images using SPM (Stereo Photo Maker). With very little faff, I got it to work almost exactly as I'd wanted and here is what I came up with... Maybe some of you are interested.
You need a Windows PC with SPM. Mine is Windows 7 laptop.
A glasses gree 3D screened Android device. The example I used here is a HTC EVO3D (available cheap off eBay). Install the iDisplay app on both PC and Android from Google Play store.
USB data cable serves 2 purposes. It allows a stable wired connection for passing screen data from PC to Android display. Secondly, it provides some welcome power to charge your android device while it is connected. The USB line between the PC on the phone isn't mandatory, iDisplay's extended display functionality can work untethered via just WiFi alone!!!
Have a manual way to switch on the parallax barrier on the glasses free Android device. I used Jmz3D Switcher to manually enable the 3D barrier on my rooted EVO3D. There is a similar utility for the Gadmei 8" 3D tablet thats also available from the Google play store.

Would not surprise me if this worked on a Gadmei 8" 3D screened tablet too. I don't have one to test but tell me if you have one and have tried this. Check out "Gadmei 3D Activator"

If SPM can use a secondary non-primary monitor for full screen preview... this would be (IMO) even more awesome. Anyone know how to do that? I have looked into it on the current version of STP and seems a minor annoyance I have to put up with for now, but I'll show the creator of SPM and find out what he has to say about future support...

Saturday, 1 March 2014

New improved PQI Air Card II?

The original Air Card has been around for some time now, so an update would not be surprising. And right on queue, at least as of early Jan 2014, the PQI website has been quietly showing images of the new Air Card II product. Some Googling around suggests murmurs since as early as Step 2013 even. The obvious physical differences are a new blue body and more dramatically, a new 90° transposition of the microSDHC slot.
Unlike the original Air Card's side slotted design,  the new version has a rear ended access point, allowing users to conveniently swap out the MicroSDHC card without need for ejecting the Air Card from the device it is already inserted. It is certainly an improvement I am very interested in. Notice the new card has added the SD card read/write protection switch on the side too, which is a handy feature the original missed out on.

There are no other indications of any additional internal changes since the original design, but even so, I'd still wait for the newer version puely for the relocated slot positioning. The Air Card was already attractive for its novelty of letting users upgrade the memory with their own larger and faster MicroSD cards as they pleased. None of my existing SD WiFi cards let me do that.

Some fantasy features I'd hope the newer AirCard II brings would be faster U1 microSDHC even microSCXC card support, 64G, even 128G card support, improved power efficiency and faster WiFi transfers... But realistically, PQI has not promised us any of these. Just my wishful thinking.

There is a WikiDevi entry that makes mention of the newer Air Card II but nowhere else. PQI Air Card II (A201) -
Since finding out its existence, I have been searching local stores but they only stocked the original version. I finally contacted the local distributer for PQI products but disappointingly, even they were unable to give a release date.

Let's keeps our eyes peeled for this new revision of this WiFi enabled SD card.

If you work for PQI, please get in touch with me because I want one! Yesterday!