Nuon (DVD technology)
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Nuon was a technology developed by VM Labs that adds features to a DVD player. In addition to viewing DVDs, one can play 3D video games and use enhanced DVD navigational tools such as zoom and smooth scanning of DVD playback. One could also play CDs while the Nuon graphics processor generates synchronized graphics on the screen. There were plans to provide Internet access capability in the next generation of Nuon-equipped DVD players.
Nuon as DVD format 
The Nuon platform was primarily marketed as an expanded DVD format. A large majority of Nuon players that were sold in fact resembled typical consumer DVD players with the only noticeable difference being a Nuon logo. Nuon players offered a number of features that were not available on other DVD players when playing standard DVD-formatted titles. These included very smooth forward and reverse functionality and the ability to smoothly zoom in and out of sections of the video image. In addition, Nuon provided a software platform to DVD authors to provide interactive software like features to their titles.
Nuon as gaming platform 
Nuon originally started off as "Project X," and was featured in Electronic Gaming Monthly's 1999 Video Game Buyer's Guide. One of the Nuon's main software developers was Jeff Minter, who created a version of Tempest entitled Tempest 3000 for the system, and the built-in VLM-2 audio visualizer.
Hardware models 
In North America, Nuon was used in the Samsung DVD-N501 and DVD-N2000 models, they also released several models in other parts of the world: DVD-N504 (Europe), DVD N505 (Europe), and DVD-N591 (Korea); a Toshiba SD-2300 DVD player; and two RCA models, the DRC300N and DRC480N. The Nuon was also used in Motorola's Streamaster 5000 "Digital DNA" set-top box. However the format has appeared to have died off. As of November 2004, there are no Nuon-enabled DVD players shipping and no new Nuon software titles.
Peripherals and accessories 
Peripherals for Nuon-enhanced DVD players included the following:
- Logitech Gamepad
- Pro-elite controller
- AirPlay wireless controller
- Stealth controller
- Warrior Digital-D pad
- controller extension cable
- port replicator to move the Nuon ports to anywhere desired
Sale to Genesis Microchip 
Released movies 
Only four DVD releases utilized NUON technology:
- Planet of the Apes
- The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
- Dr. Dolittle 2
Unreleased movies 
Released games 
Eight games were released for the NUON:
- Tempest 3000
- Freefall 3050 A.D.
- Merlin Racing
- Space Invaders X.L.
- Iron Soldier 3 (later recalled due to incompatibility with some players)
- Ballistic (only available with Samsung players)
- The Next Tetris (only available with Toshiba players)
- Crayon Shin Chan 3 (Korean-only release)
Unreleased games 
- Atari's Greatest Hits
- Battleship: Surface Thunder
- Bust-A-Move 4
- Dragon's Lair
- Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp
- The Game of Life
- Hoyle Card Games
- Knockout Kings
- Madden NFL Football
- Native II
- Need For Speed II
- New Scrabble
- Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure
- RC de Go!
- Risk 2
- Shanghai: Mahjongg Essentials
- Space Ace
- Speedball 2100
- Star Trek: Invasion
- Tiger Woods PGA Golf
- Wheel of Fortune
Collections and samplers 
- Interactive Sampler (three different versions)
- NUON Games + Demos (collection from NUON-Dome)
- NUON-Dome PhillyClassic 5 Demo Disc (giveaway collection)
Homebrew development 
During late 2001, VM Labs released a homebrew SDK which allowed people to be able to program apps/games for their NUON system. Only the Samsung DVD-N501/DVDN504/DVDN505 and RCA DRC300N/DRC480N can load homebrew games. The Samsung DVDN-2000 and the Toshiba cannot. The RCA DRC300N and RCA DRC480N cannot play commercial NUON games..
Homebrew releases 
Several homebrew titles have been created for or ported to NUON. They are not commercially available and require the user to burn the material to a NUON-compatible CD-R.
- Ambient Monsters
- Atari / C64 Video Game Music Player
- Atari 800 Emulator
- Atari 2600 PacMan (hacked version of VLM's Chomp)
- Chomp (sample game included with the second NUON SDK)
- Decaying Orbit (port of the Yaroze game)
- Doom (port of the shareware edition)
- PacMan - Tournament Edition (hacked version of VLM's Chomp)
- SameGame - Colors
- SameGame - Shapes
- Sheshell's Sea Adventure
- Synth Demo
- Yaroze Classics (features Katapila, Invs & BreakDown)
- "Genesis Microchip to buy assets of bankrupted DVD chip supplier". Eetimes.com. Retrieved 2011-09-20.