Nvidia CEO rings the 3D bells

Jen Hsun-Huang, Nvidia’s CEO, rallied the troops today by banging the drum about topics that are obviously dear to his heart.

You can’t deny the man gives a slick presentation. Before his “media friends” – that’s us folks – rolled into the special tent built here for Computex, we were all given a pair of 3D specs because at least 50 percent of his presentation was given over to that topic.

Mr Huang obviously takes the optimistic view that analyst Rob Peddie suggested last week – that stereoscopic PCs would generate gazillions of revenues by 2014.  He demonstrated his belief that 3D would rejuvenate the PC market by saying that a company like Warner Brothers had declared every film it would make in the future would be 3D.  He also said that hundreds of PC games had already been converted to 3D and showed a few examples of that.

The prospect is obviously causing games companies to salivate, and presumably marketeers of 3D LCD screens to practically wet their pants at the prospect of racks of 3D doubloons. The industry and he believe that PC gamers will want to play all the formerly 2D games they already have just to see what they’re like.

Jerry Shen (right)The 3D PC is being showed by a number of Nvidia’s partners this week – they include Asus, Dell, Microsoft, Toshiba and Alienware.  The CEO of Asus, Jerry Shen (pictured), was drawn onto the stage to show off three machines it is debuting this week, the GS1JX-EE which is a 3D notebook, an all in one PC and a high end triple surround vision 3D machine. These machines all require active shutter glasses, which don’t come cheap, of course. We took some photographs but they didn’t come out all that well because, yeah well we were wearing the same glasses as the two CEOs on the stage.

Mr Huang also said that Sony had today announced that it was introducing a 3D camera – that follows Fuji Film’s announcement of a similar device earlier this year.

He forecast that in future all cameras would be 3D ready cameras.

He spent quite a while extolling the virtues of tablet PCs and showed off a Compal device using its Tegra technology. Tablet PCs, he believed, also offered a great future for the industry.