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Dolby rolls out new consumer, theater technology (photos)

Dolby intros its new 7.1 audio technology at Surrounded, a Bay Area press confab. In addition to demonstrating its new in-theater sound and 3D abilities, Dolby shows off the consumer tech items powered by its home sound systems.

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Diagram details Dolby's latest 3D projection technology

At Dolby Laboratories' recent 2011 Surrounded event in San Francisco, the audio developer unveiled and demonstrated its sound and 3D innovations for both consumer items and theater presentations.

This diagram shows how the new Dolby 3D Filter Wheel installed inside new projectors filters rotating portions of the light spectrum to trick the eye into seeing 3D, with the appropriate glasses. Dolby says its new projection system increases light capacity and makes the 3D onscreen images brighter.

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Dolby 7.1 theater setup diagram

This diagram from Dolby's Surrounded conference shows the additions to the audio developer's theater setup, including the implementation of additional channels. Movies already utilizing 7.1 include "Cars 2" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."
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New HDTVs ready for Dolby Digital Plus

At Dolby's Surrounded conference, the audio developer demonstrated a new video technology, the Dolby Professional Reference Monitor, which is used for color grading and HD mastering of entertainment content. They showed clips from the recent Blu-ray release of Apocalypse Now, which was re-mastered using the monitor.
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Dolby's new lighter 3D theater glasses

At Surrounded, Dolby demonstrated its new 3D glasses design with lighter, multilayer 3M filter lenses, better reduction of outside light, and integrated passive RFID tag technology.
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Dolby's new 3D glasses for children

Dolby unveiled new, smaller 3D glasses designed specifically for children at the company's Surrounded conference. The lighter glasses fit children more comfortably and include all the features of the adult sizes.
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Dolby's Home Theater software interface

As demonstrated at Surrounded, Dolby’s Home Theater software lets you mix your own audio experience for your PC entertainment.

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