Dolby finally delivers cheap 3D glasses that don't stink

Dolby Laboratories is betting consumers are sick of using the shoddily manufactured glasses distributed by theaters for 3D films, which look and feel like a pair of sunglasses you’d expect on a clearance rack at a highway convenience store. But until now, the only alternative has been to purchase a personal set compatible with that theater’s projector.

Latin American startup gets $1.3M for 3D social gaming

Zio Studios, a 45-person animation and gaming startup based in Bogotá, Colombia, has announced that local venture capital firm Promotora, has invested $1.3M in the company in a first round of institutional funding.  According to CEO Alejandro Gonzalez, the new funding will allow Zio Studios to execute on its vision of combining social media and 3D gaming.

Nintendo 3DS coming to US March 27 for $250

Nintendo has finally revealed US launch details for its upcoming 3D portable gaming system, the 3DS. In a press event in New York today, Nintendo of America’s President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime announced that the 3DS will hit American shores on March 27 for $249.99.

The biggest surprises of 2010: A lost iPhone prototype, Groupon snubs Google, and more

Sometimes the most memorable stories of the year aren’t necessarily the biggest ones — instead, they’re the bits of news that completely blindside us. While many of those surprising stories may indeed go on to be among the biggest of the year, we’ve already covered those in our top stories of 2010 feature (see also our best and worst in mobile for 2010, and our top games).

Treemetrics 3D scanning helps loggers make more money cutting fewer trees

Treemetrics is taking forestry high-tech with its 3D laser scanning system to accurately measure the height, straightness, taper and volume of the trees in a section of forest. Currently measurement is done manually by a forester walking the ground and using calipers to measure the radius of a sample of trees. Better measurement means that fewer trees can be cut while maximizing value. Treemetrics claims that its system can also reduce measurement costs by 75 percent.

Why two more Avatar movies will be good for tech innovation

Movie maker James Cameron announced today that he will make two more Avatar movies as follow-ups to the biggest blockbuster of all time. That’s going to be a good thing for Silicon Valley because Cameron is the biggest advocate for the advancement of 3D technology and he has invented many cool 3D technologies that will be useful to the rest of the technological world.

DEMO: Vizerra creates a world in 3D

3DreamTeam  is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.