Entries in 3-D TVs (2)


CES: Toshiba Touts 3-D TV Without the Glasses

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- The talk of three-dimensional entertainment is more muted at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year than last, but Toshiba, for one, is showing off a 3-D set you can watch without those expensive, goofy glasses.

3-D had a lot of problems -- hefty price tags, not a lot to watch -- but they were made worse by the equipment: If you weren’t sitting in a narrow “sweet spot” in front of the screen with those glasses on, there wasn’t much to see.

ABC News’ Andrea Smith interviewed Bruce Walker of Toshiba America, who offered a demonstration of the new set.

“The TV will have the ability to track someone who’s watching TV,” he said. “So you don’t have to sit in one spot to get that beautiful 3-D experience. You’ll be able to move around the room and the TV will track where you are, and do it while you’re watching it. The TV will have a webcam built in to it. You’ll pull up a menu and tell the TV to find you; it’ll track your eyes, lock in, and now as you move your head you keep seeing 3-D wherever you are and whatever you do.”

Smith reports the picture was considerably better than those from 3-D sets of last year, and she was impressed that she could move from side to side and still see a three-dimensional image.

How much would such a set cost? Toshiba’s not saying, though European versions, already on the market, cost about $10,000. And what would there be to watch? They’re still working on that.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Electronic Firms to Standardize 3-D Glasses for Home TVs

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A group of electronics giants are joining forces to finally standardize 3-D glasses for home use.

With high-margin 3-D TVs expected to become popular in the U.S. over the next several years, Sony Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. announced Monday they were signing on with Panasonic Corp, among other firms, to develop universal 3-D glasses.

The new standards, which should be available by the early fall, will cover various infrared and radio-frequency communications, as well as Bluetooth technology.

Far different from the glasses that people wear in movie theaters, the 3-D glasses that connect with high-definition televisions feature batteries that allow the specs to flash different images to each eye, thus creating the 3-D effect.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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