Toshiba preparing glasses-free 3D TVs for Christmas

By on August 24, 2010, 2:25 PM
Although consumers remain skeptical about in-home 3D media, the entertainment industry is pressing forward with its largest rollout of 3D products to date. Headaches and hefty admission price aside, people tend to be put off by the goofy shades required to view extra-dimensional imagery. Well, glasses schmasses says Toshiba, who is supposedly readying a line of 3D TVs that can be watched without any special eyewear.

According to Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, the manufacturer is cooking up the world's first glasses-free 3D television. The company has developed a "new" system that emits rays of light from various angles, forgoing the customary spectacles. This isn't the first time we've heard of a glasses-free 3D display, of course. Nintendo's next-generation handheld console, the 3DS, will also feature such a screen -- albeit much smaller than full-fledged TVs

Toshiba supposedly plans to ship three different models before Christmas and unsurprisingly, they'll reside in the several-thousand-dollar territory. When pinged for a comment, the company said it wasn't ready to make an announcement.

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princeton princeton said:

Oh wow. I missed the word glasses in the title and I thought it was some sort of joke. Anyway I'm not going to invest in a screen I can't watch for more than 30min without having eye strain and a headache.

Timonius Timonius said:

on the plus side if this new technology gets people watching less and out and more active, I'm all for it

Richy2k9 said:

hello ...

3D is bound to happen & i said it would take a few years to get it mainstream, now it has begun


TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I'll believe it when I see it (pun intended).

Guest said:

I'm not going to invest in a screen I can't watch for more than 30min without having eye strain and a headache.

Yeah, but you won't have that problem with the glasses free tv. I've demoed a few tv's at best buy and the glasses were indeed a turn off (some od them VERY uncomfortible.

All 3-D does for regular programing is it adds more depth. It's not like the 3-D in the movies where it's all in your face. Regular tv programming just has more depth to it. It's REALLY nice and cool looking, and I wouldn't mind buying one when the price comes down.

But as for the tv's that require glasses, no thanks. They're expensive, ugly, uncomfortable, and the shutter glasses require you to watch tv in a darkened room (I was using them in the store and the area around the tv which was white was flashing from the shuttering of the glasses...very annoying and irritating to the eye).

tengeta tengeta said:

First off it isn't 3D until you don't need glasses, its just an illusion.

This promise has been made a lot over the past year with next to no result, so its time to step up with some results if they want consumers to actually get excited.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Agree with the post above and Toms. I will believe it when I see it. Which some how, I feel this may just fall short.

Richy2k9 said:

hello ...

Do I need to run & pre-order some 3D blu-rays off HD Movie source !?


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