New TV Trends; What is Glasses-Free 3D Technology?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, you know that 3D technology is this year’s entertainment buzzword. But some consumers still think 3D glasses look too nerdy or aren’t comfortable wearing them.  I’m one such guy, who hates the idea of having to wear a 3D glass over my eyeglasses — they look weird, are irritating to wear and simply don’t ‘look cool’!

This is one BIG reason why consumers are reluctant to bring 3D into their own home when thinking of going for a ‘big screen 3D TV‘. Plus, the associated high price tags of these glass-required 3D TVs push the average TV watchers away.

In an innovative move, Toshiba is introducing a glasses-free 3D TV viewing option.  At the unveiling this month at the IFA Technology Fair in Berlin, 3D enthusiasts stood on a line watching Toshiba’s glass-less 3D display without glasses.

The so-called autostereoscopic displays [also called "glasses-free 3D" or "glasses-less 3D"] use special optical foils to create two different images for the left and right eyes. To allow different viewing positions – for instance, when the viewer moves his head – they need up to ten different views of an image. Eye tracking has been used in a variety of systems in order to limit the number of displayed views to just two, or to enlarge the stereoscopic sweet spot.

It’s clear that 3D is going to play an important role in the evolution of video consumption. Glasses-free 3D technology could help to accelerate 3D adoption by making 3D functionality more appealing and accessible to consumers.

The current implementations still leave a lot to be desired, but they provide very clear evidence that the consumer electronics giants are heading in the right direction. Someone that figures out how to do glasses-free 3D right could own the next wave of 3D television sets.

With 3D blockbusters like Avatar scoring megabucks in the theaters, 3D cinema’s jump to the living room is all but a foregone conclusion. But where does that leave all your old 2D files and DVDs? If you have some old favorite movies in 2D DVD format and would love to convert them into 3D, then there is hope. Using 2D to 3D Converter software, you can convert a normal 2D DVD/Blu-ray/video to fantastic 3D video available in a variety of formats like AVI, MP4, MKV, FLV, M2TS, TS, etc.

The output 3D of 2D to 3D Converter can be side-by-side 3D, anaglyph 3D, and two separate files, and can be played on computer, some 3D TV, glasses-free 3D smartphones, or other compatible 3D display device.

If you have some blue-ray 3D DVDs and want to take backup of your favorite movies or 3D games, you can use Blu-ray 3D Ripper applications for Blu-ray 3D to 3D video conversion. The output 3D video can be played on computer using certain software player like Stereoscopic Player and NVIDIA 3D Vision Video Player, directly on your 3D TV, and can also be played on various glasses-free 3D smartphones like HTC EVO 3D, LG Optimus 3D P920 etc.

3D technology goes beyond just TV. There’s camcorders, cell phones, gaming systems and even a laptop coming out by next year.

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5 Responses to " New TV Trends; What is Glasses-Free 3D Technology? "

  1. Having to wear those glasses was a pet peeve of mine too. Being spectacled doesn’t help on top of that. Sometimes, I’d choose the 2D show of a 3D movie just because of that. Toshiba’s technology seems to have a lot of promise though, and if it is successful, 3D might be more popular for home viewing than at movie theaters even.

  2. used tires says:

    That is really cool to see that they are working towards new steps in advancing this technology. Not surprising either, if they can get it to work just as good with the glasses on, I am sure there is just going to be a completely new area for movie makers as well as gamers to target outside of the current showings at 3-d movie theaters. Can you imagine the kinds of games we could be playing in the future?

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  3. Good point, Jean. Games are definitely the golden avanue for 3D technology to really shine. Watching something and playing a part in something is totally different and the latter can really be made a ton more immersive with effective 3D implementation.

  4. Rohit Batra says:

    yeah those 3D glasses are not comfortable to wear..3D effects make things look real and so close that you feel its just happening in-front of you and you can touch them by your hands.. this experience really blows off the mind so its better that technology should do something to implement 3D technology on TV soon without those glasses..
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  5. Freebiesbuzz says:

    This is something new to me.. haven’t heard about it yet..!!!
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