My initial experiences...
Blown away. This is far better than what you get from "converters" built in to a TV set you may pick up at the store.
At this early stage, by favourite mode is "Z-". This is the basic 3D style where the images all appear behind the screen, and where there is not too much exaggeration of the 3D effect.
The more exaggerated styles have not appealed to me in my early testing - but there is more to play with.
The 3D-Bee does not always get the scene right, so brighter parts of an object in the scene can be perceived as being an object closer to the viewer. In fact, this is proibably the most common error it might make, and it is not really an issue in the V- mode, but in more exaggerated modes, it's harder to overlook.
This thing ROCKS...
The first thing I did after hooking it up last night was watch my DVR'd Formula One Korean Grand Prix. I was VERY impressed with the rendition, and really found it added a lot to the race.
Let me just say, that this was probably the trickiest and most difficult content I threw at the 3D-Bee - but I did not realize it at the time, until I had run a lot of other content thru the box.
Some of the visual cues in the frames could, at times, throw the 3D-Bee off just a tad, but in very minor ways, that did not detract from the overall experience at all.
For instance, the 3D-Bee was HUGELY effective at placing all the cars in correct perspective and imparting an enourmously improved sense of scale and speed compared to the normal 2D presentation. However, in some overhead shots of the racetrack, the curved manicuring of some of the "runoff" areas would fool the 3D Bee into thinking that the runoff zone was concave, while it was indeed flat.
But so good was the 3D rendering that you could SEE that curvature very clearly in the perceived depth.
Also I NEVER noticed any 3D conversion artifacts, where it one might make mistakes in showing what was behind the left or right views it created of foreground objects. The images were always clean and smooth and perfect.
The 3D-Bee handled football even better than the racing content.
Finally, I found that what the 3D Bee was best at of all, was movies.
I watched a lot of material from Inception, Lord of the Rings, Blade Runner, Star Trek (the new remake), Saving Private Ryan, Ronin, and more. It was fantastic.
And here is a case to consider. I have always HATED the 3D conversion of Clash of the Titans. I feel it is one of the WORST 3D conversions I've ever seen - despite all the talk of how much "care" was given to it's production. All those crazy artifacts around the edges of someones hair, or coat, that seem to go back into infinity, and HORRIBLY distracting.
The Last Airbender must have been converted by the same company, because it had exactly the same major issues. If you've ever seen these two movies in 3D, then you know what I mean.
Here's the kicker - I had a friend bring over his 2D Blurays of these SAME MOVIES, and ran them through the 3D-Bee instead and HELLO! They looked way better than the 3D Bluray versions, which suffered from their source material being screwed before they were even transferred to the Bluray format.
In other words, a 3D Bluray of a NATIVE 3D film is always going to be superior to a 2D film converted by something like the 3D Bee - BUT, the 3D Bee gave me a superior conversion of a 2D film to 3D, than the crappy conversions seen in Clash and Last Airbender.
Bravo - I cannot tell you how many films in my library I now want to dig out and enjoy in 3D!
That said, if there was EVER a movie that was almost DESIGNED for 3D presentation, this has got to be Lord of the Rings. The scenes where Gandalf rides into the City of the Kings, or where the warning fires are lit, are STAGGERINGLY impressive on the 3D Bee.
I have NO IDEA how this little device manages to achieve this, especially at this price point.
At the very opening of the Lord of the Rings ROTK, in the fishing scene, the 3D is simply stunning. The lake, the trees, the boat and it's occupants, everything is in proper perspective. I'd like to say it was magic, but I suspect it is just the product of some very smart minds.