Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung move to create 3D glasses standard

Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung move to create 3D glasses standard

Summary: Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, and X6D limited have announced plans to create a standardized active 3D glasses technology - a major win for consumers.

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If there is one thing that is rarely ever bad for consumers, its standardization. Which is why we can only applaud the move by Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Xpand 3D limited to develop a standard for active 3D glasses with the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative.

The initiative, which will begin this fall when the companies begin licensing the universal technology, will likely bear fruit in early 2012. Sony et al are aiming to make the new glasses backwards compatible with 3D active televisions released in 2012.

Consumers should be thankful, as the move will solve the perennial problem faced by owners of 3D televisions: Getting the glasses purchased for one television model to work with competitors' products. By balkanizing the 3D glasses sphere, manufacturers have likely been doing harm to their efforts to increase 3D television penetration. And generally pricey and frankly ugly nature of the glasses themselves hasn't helped either.

But here's the truth: Probably a larger impediment to 3D television penetration than the lack of standardization are the glasses themselves. We don't want them. The true goal for television manufacturers should be to remove glasses from the equation altogether. Or we could go a step further: End the 3D experiment entirely. I doubt too many people would mind.

Topics: Hardware, CXO, Samsung

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  • RE: Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung move to create 3D glasses standard

    Like yoyos and thin clients, 3D rears its head every once in a while. Still the same fake 3D with the same old corny tricks, dimming colour and resolution, trying to rescue films that should have been left to die a deserving death.<br><br>Whilel I enjoyed the minimal and well chosen 3D in Avatar, it's really not worth it in most films, especially with the extra burden of wearing those glasses. Nothing has really changed since the 1950s and no matter how clever the glasses get it's just another cyclical fad.<br><br>When we get reasonable full colour holography, I'll try 3D again, but this 2D/fake 3D stuff at the moment is a waste of time.
    tonymcs@...
    • RE: Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung move to create 3D glasses standard

      @tonymcs@... 3D is only worth it for movies specifically made for a 3D presentation, and even then, not really necessary. Trying to watch a football game or old movie in 3D is just silly.
      Aerowind
  • RE: Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung move to create 3D glasses standard

    If they are serious about 3D, there will also be a reference design for 'clip-ons' for those who wear spectacles. Why not?
    opcom