Toshiba Will Reveal Glasses-Free 3D TV Next Week

Posted: Sep 28 2010, 2:54pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 4 2010, 7:23am CDT, in News | Home Entertainment

Toshiba Will Reveal Glasses-Free 3D TV Next Week
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How will this change the 3D atmosphere?

Toshiba plans to wow the consumer electronics industry and the world next week when it shows off its first consumer-marketed 3D TV set that doesn't require viewers to wear special 3D glasses. Update: The Toshiba 20GL1 and 12GL1 3D TVs got unveiled.

The technology, known as autostereoscopic 3D, has been increasing in the headlines ever since Nintendo unveiled the 3DS handheld system. Other glasses-free 3D products have been popping up like wildfire.

The major complaint against using autostereoscopic 3D in full-size TVs at this point is the technology gets more and more unwieldy as the screen size increases. Something like the 3DS, with very small screens, or 3D digital photo frames, are the perfect target right now.

However, given the - sometimes misguided - disgruntled attitude toward needing to wear 3D glasses, this technology is rapidly expanding.

It could present a conflict as the technology that does require 3D glasses, stereoscopic 3D, has just gotten off the ground and is trying to draw in as many consumers as possible. Putting out all this autostereoscopic 3D stuff could lead to much more confusion and hurt the entire 3D industry.

Toshiba will likely be the first major manufacturer to have autostereoscopic 3D TV sets available for purchase. Other manufacturers already produce similar products but they're only used for digital signage or special content. Toshiba, which has almost no stake in the stereoscopic 3D market, is the first to really try to bring the glasses-free standard to the masses.

We'll have more details next week.

Via PC World

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