Toshiba's ZL2 television offers glasses-free 3D on a 55-inch screen

Toshiba's ZL2 television offers glasses-free 3D on a 55-inch screen

Summary: Glasses-free 3D doesn't come cheap with Toshiba ZL2 television, which will sell for €7,999.

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Let's face it--3D pretty much stinks. But while there are lots of consumers who don't want the technology foisted upon them every time they try to buy a new television, manufactures aren't giving up.

The latest attempt is the ZL2 television from Toshiba. With a 55-inch Quad-HD 3,840 X 2,160 resolution screen, the ZL2 is, in a word, massive. But there is more to the ZL2 than meets the (probably bleeding) eye.

In particular, the display's most interesting feature is its 3D, if only because of the fact that the technology is supplemented by face-tracking. Using face-tracking the ZL2 adjust its visuals to create the optimal image for the faces it detects. Toshiba says that the ZL2 can display 3G images for up to nine pairs of eyes. (LG's D2000 monitor does something similar, albeit on a smaller scale.)

Unsurprisingly, all of that wonder comes with an equally jaw-dropping price. Toshiba is attaching a €7,999 ($11, 424) price tag to the display, which makes it the latest in what is probably a long line of things you can't afford. But boy is it neat.

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  • RE: Toshiba's ZL2 television offers glasses-free 3D on a 55-inch screen

    Nice TV but way too much money!

    Personally, I don't think consumers mind 3D every once in awhile but I do believe Active 3D is going to disappear.

    Recently we bought an LG Passive Display and Honestly, the lightweight glasses as well as the 2D to 3D conversion is pretty cool!
    slickjim
    • RE: Toshiba's ZL2 television offers glasses-free 3D on a 55-inch screen

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  • RE: Toshiba's ZL2 television offers glasses-free 3D on a 55-inch screen

    I think glasses free 3D has a shot at being the real deal. Gut reaction and not rationally developed of course, but it's what I think.
    hoaxoner
  • RE: Toshiba's ZL2 television offers glasses-free 3D on a 55-inch screen

    Pointless - I'd rather buy one of Samsung's Smart TVs.
    Mr_Tech
  • RE: Toshiba's ZL2 television offers glasses-free 3D on a 55-inch screen

    trash, they are trying to pay for r&d by selling a couple of these instead of dropping the price and mass market bad marketing plan, nobody buys toshiba's in the first place all you see is samsung and LG and not sharp with its 60 and 70 inch leds with almost the same price as the 55" of lg and samsung
    mainard1@...
    • RE: Toshiba's ZL2 television offers glasses-free 3D on a 55-inch screen

      @mainard1@... It's an early adopter tax. Standard fare with new technology. If you want the latest and greatest, it's the price you pay!
      tdogg219
  • Still believe in 3D...

    At that price point, even if it doesn't sell, it's an R&D investment into technology and manufacturing capability... in preparation for the day when home-3D becomes more popular. And at that price point, they probably weren't planning very large manufacturing runs, but probably wanted to do their homework to prepare for mass market entry later.
    voltrarian
  • RE: Toshiba's ZL2 television offers glasses-free 3D on a 55-inch screen

    I would like to go to the store and see one in action. I can't afford that for a TV set but it would be good to compare with other 3D TV sets. 3D has to be displayed on a screen that encompasses most of the field of view. that is why the best displays are the largest. I have a couple of 3D movies at home and an old Sun workstation 19"x12" wide sceeen CRT. I sit 24" from that thing, and it looks pretty good. Am I wrong to think that for the same full-field effect, I would have to sit about 5FT from the 55" (diagonal) screen? <br><br>3D is an odd thing, and the effect depends on distance from the display, to some extent, and another vector to that equation is whether it is red/blue glasses or electronic glasses or no glasses. There is no real standard setup, but the only really satisfying setup is going to be a 190 degree field of view which none of these things yet touch.
    opcom
  • toshiiba glassfree 3d tv

    I love 3d and if they can build a glassfree tv at a decent price[$1000.00] I'll buy , allready own a 3d camcorder[sony dev-3] and a sony htmz-1 hmd,
    charlie60
  • toshiba 3d

    and for the scheptics.. 3d pretty much will brake loose once glassfree tv will be consumer affordable..
    charlie60