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Toshiba Unveils Glasses-Free 3D TV

One of the major shortcomings of 3D in the home may be on its way out if electronics manufacturer Toshiba has anything to say about it. At the Ceatec trade show in Japan this week, Toshiba unveiled a glasses-less 3D TV. The new technology takes a standard two-dimensional image and creates nine different versions of it from slightly different directions, creating a 3D effect without the usual cumbersome glasses.

The 3D TVs were displayed in three sizes ranging from 12 inches to 56 inches. While the largest size is only conceptual at this point, the 12- and 20-inch versions will go on sale exclusively in Japan later this year for $1,500 and $2,900, respectively. The CNET reporter who viewed a demo of the TVs judged the image quality as good but not great, and also commented on the screens’ limited viewing angles.

Is this the breakthrough that will make 3D in the home a mainstream technology? If the price comes down to earth and the quality and availability improve, this could definitely be a step in the right direction. Would you be interested in adding one of these TVs to your home theater, Insiders?

(via CNET)

9 Responses to “Toshiba Unveils Glasses-Free 3D TV”

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    Frank Huber [visitor]

    Would I be interested? No way. “image quality good but not great, and limited viewing angles”? Fuggedaboudit.

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    Quark [visitor]

    Interesting. I wonder if this technology will work for us one-eyed people? (And to answer the standard questions before they are asked, depth perception and stereoscopic vision are not exactly the same thing. Yes, I can perceive depth No, I cannot see 3D.)

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    JMark [visitor]

    Until they broadcast NFL games in 3D who cares

  4. Member [Join Now]

    I know ESPN broadcasts some NCAA Football games in 3D on “ESPN 3D”(This past weekend’s OSU-IU game was in 3D).
    My guess is that 3D TVs will take quite some time to catch on, if they ever do. Most folks(Myself not included, I still have a tube TV)have already dropped several hundred or a thou on huge Plasma or LCD TVs, why would they want to replace their nearly-new TV sets, especially during these trying economic times? 3D TVs are as silly as Blu Ray is to DVD. Most folks are happy with DVD, why switch to Blu-Ray when DVD is perfectly acceptable(and much cheaper)?

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      Psion [visitor]

      You are right about 3d tv, but you’re way off on blu-ray. Blu-ray makes dvd look like crap. I guess you wouldn’t notice a difference on your crt tv.

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    AlChirico [visitor]

    If a 20″ costs $2900, one can oly imagine what a 55″ would run. only for the rich.

  6. Member [Join Now]

    Alchirico, this is the way with all new electronics and other high end merchandise, the so called rich, upper middle class buy it just so they can have it before any of their neighbors, keeping up with the Jonses. It all becomes mute when, after 2 years, their $ 4,000 purchase is now a hugh obsolete embarresment. So they go out and buy the next state of the art whatever. Consumerism, the American way.

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    Since this is the initial effort, it will take time for the quality to improve, however whether it will achieve the same clarity as the models that uses glasses remains to be seen.

    And of course like anything new, the price tag is extreme, Larger Plasma TV’s used to be $20000. It will come down just like everything else if there is a market and the technology matures.