Early August Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Sony Corporation and X6D Limited (XPAND 3D) announced the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative. Now the group announces that TCL, Sharp, Philips and Toshiba join as well. LG is still absent because of their focus on passive 3D glasses.
The companies intend to work together on the development and licensing of radio frequency (RF) system 3D active glasses technology, including RF system protocols between consumer 3D active glasses and 3D displays such as televisions, personal computers, projectors and 3D theaters with XPAND active shutter glasses. The standardization will also include multiple types of infrared (IR) system protocols between 3D active glasses and 3D displays, ranging from the protocols jointly developed by Panasonic and XPAND 3D, to the proprietary protocols of Samsung and Sony, respectively. The first glasses are supposed to arrive 2012 and are supposed to be backward compatible to 2011 3D TVs.
Interesting point here is that TCL joins this group. The company made a name for itself last Black Friday season. Amazon offered 32-inch TCL TVs at $249.99. This deal is actually also available right now on Amazon. TCL could soon be offering 3D TVs at bargain prices. Why else would they join the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative.