Toshiba unveils 'world's first' 3D flatpanel that doesn't require glasses

Toshiba unveils 'world's first' 3D flatpanel that doesn't require glasses

Summary: Toshiba unveiled another "world's first" gadget today at CEATEC 2010 in Tokyo, and this one is a biggie: a 3D flatpanel TV that doesn't require any glasses to fully enjoy the picture.

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Toshiba unveiled another "world's first" gadget today at CEATEC 2010 in Tokyo, and this one is a biggie: a 3D flatpanel TV that doesn't require any glasses to fully enjoy the picture.

Intended for commercial sale, the 3D flatpanel will be available in 12- and 20-inch sizes.

These advanced 3D displays sans glasses were made possible thanks to an integral imaging system. Here's the explanation:

It provides nine different perspectives (parallaxes) of each single 2D frame which the viewer’s brain superimposes to create a 3-dimensional impression of the image...They developed a powerful engine and an algorithm to extrapolate these perspectives out of the 2D frame and used a perpendicular lenticular sheet, an array of lenses, that enable the viewer’s brain to superimpose the perspectives. It also offers a wide viewing area in front of the display and allows movement of the eyes and head without disrupting the 3D image and without the discomfort sometimes associated with other ‘glasses-less’ 3D technologies.

Naturally, these way cool products will be available in Japan only first when the 3D flatpanels launch in December. No word on when the Toshiba displays will roll out elsewhere.

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  • Pricing?

    Apparently, no word on pricing yet, even for the Japan launch, but with the small screen sizes and the comment, "intended for commercial use," I bet they will be fairly high to start--no surprise. Commercial use might begin with kiosks in high traffic volume locations, like malls, as much to promote the new screen as whatever product or service will be advertised. Time to sell stock in 3-D glasses manufacturers?
    frabjous
    • RE: Toshiba unveils 'world's first' 3D flatpanel that doesn't require glasses

      @frabjous That will depend on the cost of the non-glasses version vs using with glasses. 3D does not have real penetration yet because of the lack of compelling material. If there is an influx of such material, then there will be an increased demand for the 3D models. When it becomes apparent that a non-glasses version is becoming available, the cost of the glasses will drop to deal with it. Manufacturers will act to subsidize the glasses to preserve their market share.
      richard233
    • no

      This is old-fashioned lenticular crap. That means the screen has vertical ridges on it, and greatly reduced resolution. It's like a child's book or those animated stickers that flip through multiple images as your perspective changes.<br><br>Also, from this "article" it appears that this device doesn't even handle real 3-D content; it creates fake "3-D" from 2-D pictures.<br><br>This is the kind of fraud that's killing 3-D. If the fake 3-D movies don't, gimmicks like this will.
      dgurney
      • RE: Toshiba unveils 'world's first' 3D flatpanel that doesn't require glasses

        @dgurney - You are wrong on what this is. You need to do some research first before you make a fool out of yourself.
        gwthornt
  • RE: Toshiba unveils 'world's first' 3D flatpanel that doesn't require glasses

    This looks like the Technology developed by Philips years ago and which did not make it to an actual (TV) product because of indeed resolution loss (HD resolution exchanged for multi-view) and a painful compromise between sharpness and depth.
    ofi7
  • Oh gee just what I want. A 12 or 20" tv to enjoy my viewing experience.

    I'd rather see Avatar on a 42" 2D than a 20" 3D any day. If I were going to waste money on this crap I'd get a current 3D flatscreen with glasses!
    Gandalf The Grey
  • RE: Toshiba unveils 'world's first' 3D flatpanel that doesn't require glasses

    So what? There's little material on TV worth watching in 3D and who would want to watch it on a 12 or 20 inch screen? For example Toy Story 3 was terrific on the Big Screen, but I cannot imagine watching it in 3D on a small screen. Why bother. IMHO, 3D TV is an emerging technology in search of a valid use, not the other way around. The tail is wagging the dog.
    markomd
  • RE: Toshiba unveils 'world's first' 3D flatpanel that doesn't require glasses

    I want my glasses-less 3D TV and I want it NOW and I want it at a lower price than my old analog TV and I want it to stream video on Google TV and I want to buy it with an interest-free credit card and I want a 3-year warranty at no additional charge and I want it to work wirelessly with my theater surround sound, and if I can't have it I'll hold my breath till I turn blue!<br><br>AND I want it to be a 42" screen and I want installation and mounting thrown in for FREE!
    ShanghaiJack
  • 3D hype Buyer beware

    seriously are TV MFgs really betting this heavily on 3d that they have to come up with 2d Parralax viewing to fool consumers into buying a "no glasses" 3d Screen? Im betting 3d is just a fad like it has been every time its tried to come to the forefront. My 1080p HD screen is beautiful I dont need dark dreary 3d and expensive glasses to ruin my viewing pleasure
    KineticArtist
  • RE: Toshiba unveils 'world's first' 3D flatpanel that doesn't require glasses

    I will hold judgement until seeing a demo - 3D picture does make viewing certain content more enjoyable (e.g. sports), and if they can render 2D content nto realistic 3D with good definition and without glasses then I can see this being a game changer for the industry the way colour TV was. The key is that is has to be better than what you get in 2D, and until you see it why judge? And as a side note, most modern viewing technology is a significantly improved re-hash of an earlier implementation, so let's not use that as an excuse to write something off.
    llpayne
  • RE: Toshiba unveils 'world's first' 3D flatpanel that doesn't require glasses

    About a year ago, I attended a conference in Irvine, CA, at the home of a company that sells display systems to commercial clients. The equipment on display in the meeting room included about 4 different types of 3D TV including full immersion. One used no glasses having a filter on the display with what appeared to pyramidal lenses that sent right and left scenes in slightly different directions. If you positioned yourself properly, and there are a number of different usable positions, you would see 3D. Move a few inches, and you see a blur until you reach the next good spot. The system Toshiba uses may differ in detail, but it appears to operate on the same principle and is neither new nor particularly desirable.

    No matter what system you use, the program sent in 3D is not watchable without the proper glasses or staying in the right location.
    ssco00