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Toshiba Regza GL1 Glasses-less 3D TVs unveiled

Oct 4 2010, 7:20am CDT | by , in News | Home Entertainment

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Toshiba Regza GL1 Glasses-less 3D TVs unveiled
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As promised Toshiba unveiled Auto-stereo TVs today.

Toshiba unveiled today the world's first 3D LCD TVs that do not require glasses to see the 3D effect. The new Glasses-less 3D REGZA GL1 series offers two models with screen sizes of 20-inch 20GL1 and the 12-inch 12GL1. Both TVs will be available in Japan from the end of December. So here we already have two problems with the Toshiba GL1 3D TVs that immediately take the excitement out of the announcement. A 20-inch small 3D TV is just not immersive and is no alternative to the currently available 50 and up 3D TVs. On top of that the new Toshiba GL1 are only available in Japan.

In any case the new Toshiba GL1 3D TVs are neat gizmos. So how do they work? The new TVs employ an integral imaging system and a perpendicular lenticular sheet to display smooth, natural images, and Toshiba's image processing technology to create nine parallax images from the original content and create to 3D images. The result is precise rendering of high quality 3D images whatever the viewing angle within the viewing zone. The Toshiba 20GL1 integrates a high definition LED backlit LCD panel specially designed for 3D capability without any need for glasses that offers approximately four times the pixels of a standard Full HD panel. It also integrates the Cell REGZA Engine designed for 3D capability without glasses and based on the Cell Broadband Engine to deliver superior multimedia processing.

The Toshiba 20GL1 with the PS3 CPU sounds to me like a real consumer electronics marvel and expensive. The 20GL1 has a price-tag of 240,000 Yen (~$2,900) and  the tiny 12GL1 will sell for 120,000 Yen (~$1,450). The new 20GL1 and 12GL1 3D TVs will start shipping in Japan in December.

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