Glasses-Free 3D Coming to TV Next Week

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Glasses-Free 3D Coming to TV Next Week

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Toshiba is unveiling a brand new 3D television next week that will do away with the necessity to wear special glasses.

One of the biggest sticking points for the future of 3D gaming, on consoles anyway, is the requirement that glasses be worn to see the 3D effect. Whether consumers feel the glasses are uncomfortable or just plain nerdy, they seem to have come to a general consensus that it'd be annoying to wear them. Thanks to Toshiba, these glasses may soon become unnecessary.

Toshiba is set to reveal a glasses-free 3D television line on Monday which will do away with eyewear but still allow viewers to get their 3D on. The exact details of Toshiba's technology are not yet known, but it's assumed that it'll use a filtering method previously displayed by other companies.

The glasses-free filtering method had been thought unrealistic for widespread use in television sets due to the fact that it usually forced viewers to sit in one particular spot. Similar to the way the Nintendo 3DS works, a glasses-free 3D screen can provide an effect for viewers by sending a signal to each eye at a particular distance. This works for the 3DS because users are known to be only a particular range of distances from the handheld. The same is not true for television viewers, whom could be anywhere from one foot to thirty meters away.

Toshiba may be incorporating the use of a filtering technology similar to one shown off in Germany this year that increases the number of spots a viewer can be in to 64. This number is assumed to refer to various angles and distances.

It was reported earlier this year by Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun that Toshiba would be putting glasses-free 3D televisions on the market by the end of 2010, including one with a 21-inch screen that would cost a few thousand dollars. The truth of this report may be revealed on Monday.

Source: PC World

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Please let the fucking 3D thing go already, guys. The 3ds will sell well because it has a good game lineup and looks awesome, not because it has 3D. People aren't not buying 3D tv's because of the glasses, they're not buying it because they're retarded, overpriced, and a stupid gimmick.

Wow, this actually makes me interested in 3D technology again! I should definitely keep my eye on it, assuming it works as promised.

But I can't be bothered to throw them away...

Tom Goldman:
It was reported earlier this year by Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun that Toshiba would be putting glasses-free 3D televisions on the market by the end of 2010, including one with a 21-inch screen that would cost a few thousand dollars. The truth of this report may be revealed on Monday.

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The fuck?

If monday proves this to be true then I will never adopt 3D for at least 4 years. Maybe even 8. Not until I can buy a TV that is 40+ inch (Don't want to downgrade on size), 3D, HD, No glasses that is under NINE THOUSSAAAANNNDD!!

Yes I had to do that.

Calumon: No you didn't, and why do rich guys get access to this other Dimension? It's not fair...

Like i've raged about before 3D with glasses is just a stupid gimmick to squeeze us of more money, hopefully Toshiba can do this right and actually make 3D worth it.

ultimateownage:
Please let the fucking 3D thing go already, guys. The 3ds will sell well because it has a good game lineup and looks awesome, not because it has 3D. People aren't not buying 3D tv's because of the glasses, they're not buying it because they're retarded, overpriced, and a stupid gimmick.

Why do you hate 3D so much?

It's just a part of the future.

Forget 3D. I want Holodecks, where the holograms can become self-aware and evil.

ultimateownage:
Please let the fucking 3D thing go already, guys. The 3ds will sell well because it has a good game lineup and looks awesome, not because it has 3D. People aren't not buying 3D tv's because of the glasses, they're not buying it because they're retarded, overpriced, and a stupid gimmick.

Just like HD tvs. And look what happened.

Makes it slightly more appealing, but not nearly enough for the huge price tag it's sure to have.

Plus I'm sure any interest I have in 3D (very little) will be gone once I get the 3DS in my hands and slide the 3D effect slider into the "off" position after about 5 minutes of play.

If this works, my negative position on 3D will be completely reversed.

I've never seen anything in 3d since I went to disneyland when I was a kid I wonder if it's any good. Don't tread on innovation, these overpriced gimmicky tvs are paving the way for remarkable new 3d experiences.

For.I.Am.Mad:
Forget 3D. I want Holodecks, where the holograms can become self-aware and evil.

YES, when they make a full holo deck i will be a happy man

but this 3dtv withouth glasses will do... except i am going to wait to see where else they plan on going, i was about to buy a 3d tv with glasses, but this just made me mad because they are launching upgrades one after the other

Didn't Spielberg promise us this technology like five years ago?

I definitely think this will go along way to making 3D feel less gimmicky, but the whole point of 3D, after the spectacle has worn off, is supposed to be greater immersion. And 64 or not if shifting in my seat makes everything jump from 3D to 2D then back to 3D it's going to toss me right out of the experience every time.

Aura Guardian:
Just like HD tvs. And look what happened.

HD tvs weren't gimmicks, they made the picture more detailed and advanced the technology. I'm not saying this doesn't advance the technology, but it advances it in a way that just causes eye strain and makes things cost twice has much. The price may go down, but the uselessness of the technology won't.

Kris015:

Why do you hate 3D so much?

It's just a part of the future.

Because it's part of the future I hate. The future full of materialistic twats that destroyed the environment and lost all sense of real life socialising because they were too busy with their Facebook and 3D farmville.

ultimateownage:
Please let the fucking 3D thing go already, guys. The 3ds will sell well because it has a good game lineup and looks awesome, not because it has 3D. People aren't not buying 3D tv's because of the glasses, they're not buying it because they're retarded, overpriced, and a stupid gimmick.

thethingthatlurks:
Wow, this actually makes me interested in 3D technology again! I should definitely keep my eye on it, assuming it works as promised.

Oh my, the irony...

Still don't care. I want the 3DS because it has an amazing game lineup, not because of the no-glasses 3D. In fact, I'll be playing it with the 3D turned off.

ultimateownage:
Please let the fucking 3D thing go already, guys. The 3ds will sell well because it has a good game lineup and looks awesome, not because it has 3D. People aren't not buying 3D tv's because of the glasses, they're not buying it because they're retarded, overpriced, and a stupid gimmick.

Also, what he said.

IamQ:

Oh my, the irony...

Either what he said was sarcastic, or he's just really that stupid and easily convinced. Maybe I'm just cynical, actually no, I AM cynical, but the big fuss over 3D just seems really stupid and pointless to me. A bit like motion controls.

Aura Guardian:
Just like HD tvs. And look what happened.

I doubt the Government is going to step in this time and force all broadcast into 3D, and force the consumer to upgrade or buy some converter box.

For.I.Am.Mad:
Forget 3D. I want Holodecks, where the holograms can become self-aware and evil.

I'm not even a Trekkie but that would be ideal.

This is great news for anyone (like myself) who likes the idea of 3d but not with the glasses. The only thing I'm wondering is if this is all compatible with the existing 3d tech: Will I be able to use my ps3 to play 3d on it or will I need a special Toshiba player.

I just got one little question. What actual benefit it is for me to have a 3D tv? I mean, i hardly ever watch xplosion heavy action flicks. Will it make crappy movies better? Will it improve the quality of the content? Will news feeds in 3D be somewhat less depressing? I highly doubt it, so sorry, im not going to change to it unless they will stop producing TVs without 3D option.

3D is not the way of the future. Fully integrated holograohic systems with force feedback and touch sensitivity are the way of the future.

Developers of such projects take note. Using Star Trek for inspiration provokes you to really think about how to advance technology, using the Viewmaster is trying to rekindle the nineties, and there's a reason we let the nineties' technology die.

The problem with 3D Tvs was that you had to buy glasses for everyone, and they were expensive. Now with this I dont see the problem, it will be a great addition for gaming and movies.

IamQ:

Oh my, the irony...

You lost me...

on the plus side HD tvs will be out of date and maybe I can finaly afford one

PayNSprayBandit:
Didn't Spielberg promise us this technology like five years ago?

I definitely think this will go along way to making 3D feel less gimmicky, but the whole point of 3D, after the spectacle has worn off, is supposed to be greater immersion. And 64 or not if shifting in my seat makes everything jump from 3D to 2D then back to 3D it's going to toss me right out of the experience every time.

Nah, 2015. We're supposed to have:

-portable fusion technology

-holograms

-Cubs win the world series(hahaha)

-hoverboards

-Japanese overlords

-no black presidents

-fucking flying fucking cars

Any one saying that glasses free 3D is pointless is an idiot. It may not be the case now, but if done right looking at your TV could become no different than looking out of your window. Personally I think that's fucking awesome.

For.I.Am.Mad:
Forget 3D. I want Holodecks, where the holograms can become self-aware and evil.

VIVA REVALUTION!!!!

Ok, no glasses needed anymore... Sounds cool if it works. But still I think 3D isn't going to hit the big success that will demand everyone to buy a new expensive television to watch the news....

Cool, now after a few years i might actually get one

There was a lot of fanfare around color television. Your average punter responded to this with "cool, but I can't just go spending money on some fancy gimmick like that". Then, that same average punter was glad he waited, because eventually color TV was everywhere, and cheap.

I think this particular story is just as valid today.

Sometimes I wonder if I'm the only one that doesn't care about 3D on any medium.

Why do they need to keep pushing this...I understands its a needed progression,but its going to be expensive anyway, and as for people like we who can perceive...

I think we're heading towards another VHS/Betamax or DVD-HD/Blu-Ray format scuffle. I very much doubt that different vendors' products will work on different types of 3D.

And just to add to the amusement, the scuffle is probably going to be over a piece of the market smaller than the current Blu-Ray market segment.

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