2010 was the year of 3D movies. From Alice in Wonderland released in March to the year-end release of Gulliver's Travels, with 23 3D movies in 2010 and many more coming in 2011, one thing is for sure 3D craze is not a temporary fad. 3D is of course not a new technology. It has a used in movies since 1950s but it was James Cameron's "Avatar" that pushed 3D firmly into the mainstream once and for all.
The last year has seen the 3D revolution hitting the consumer electronics market. From 3D-enabled Blu-ray players to laptops, it seems there's nothing left in the gizmo market that is left untouched by the magic wand of 3D. 3D is also being pushed as the next big thing by TV manufacturers. They're hyping the shift from 2D to 3D as the biggest transition consumers have seen since TV went from black-and-white to color. The year 2010 saw the bigwigs in the TV manufacturing scenario bringing their 3D enabled TV sets into the market and also many TV networks venturing into the 3D channel arena.
Japanese cable channel BS11 had already ventured into 3D programming in 2008. In 2010, DirecTV with its content partner Panasonic became the first TV service provider to offer the TV viewers an entire suite of dedicated 3D TV channels. SKY 3D on 1 January 2010, the world's first 3D channel, started broadcasting in South Korea by Korea Digital Satellite Broadcasting. The 3D content includes education, sport, documentary and performances. On June 11, 2010 ESPN launched a new channel, ESPN 3D, the industry's first 3D network.
With smartphones, gaming devices using 3D technology it's hardly surprising that a slew of PC makers trying to bring 3D laptops and desktops to the market.