Sharp's 3DTVs Will Let Some People Watch In 3D, Some In 2D At The Same Time

Posted: Sep 23 2010, 10:38pm CDT | by , in News | Home Entertainment

Sharp's 3DTVs Will Let Some People Watch In 3D, Some In 2D At The Same Time
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For those who want to wear 3D glasses but don't want to see 3D

Sharp will be enterting the 3D TV market later this year with a couple of very expensive high-end TV sets designed to provide the aboslute best 3D experience possible. And there's a pretty unique feature in here too.

Of course the new LE925 series, which will be branded under Sharp's top-end Aquos line, will come with all the highest specs like 1080p 240 Hz and the most advanced 3D standards so far.

But what's most interesting is a feature that has to do with the 3D glasses that are packed in with the sets. Yes, every LE925 TV from Sharp will include two pairs of glasses.

These are special glasses, though, designed to work with special technology built into the TV: it can actually convert a 3D image on the screen into a clean 2D image.

Why is this important, you ask? Well, say you're with your family and all four of you are watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on Blu-ray 3D. But mom thinks 3D causes too much eye strain, and dad can't perceive 3D effects. But you and your brother really want to watch it in 3D. Well, you can all watch it at the same time, and mom and dad can still enjoy it in 2D.

3D images on a TV are presented as two simultaneous images right next to one another that are then mapped together via glasses to create a 3D visual. But Sharp's 3D glasses can take that a step further, and instead of mapping the two images together it just eliminates one of them. So the irony is that people wanting to watch the movie in 2D will still need to wear 3D glasses.

Sure, it's a small problem but at least someone's addressing it.

There will be two sizes of the LE925 TVs: a 52-inch model for $4200 and a 60-inch model for $5300. In case you were wondering, yeah, that's expensive.

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