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?