Startup firm HDI previews 100-inch laser 3D HDTV

We've seen laser-based HDTVs from Mitsubishi, and Panasonic and Sony, among others, are looking to introduce 3D sets to American consumers next year. But now a California-based startup firm has unveiled a 100-inch laser-based 3D display.

We've seen laser-based HDTVs from Mitsubishi, and Panasonic and Sony, among others, are looking to introduce 3D sets to American consumers next year. But now a California-based startup firm has unveiled a 100-inch laser-based 3D display. The company's big claim is that the set also runs at 1080Hz, or more than twice as fast as 480Hz sets that are just popping up. While that spec may be ridiculous overkill in terms of 2D video watching, it might help 3D viewing, which requires two separate images being sent out (one for each eye) that the brain then interpolates into a three-dimension image.

HDI has announced no details about when their set would be commercially available, how much it will cost (educated guess: very, very much), and even if HDI would be the eventual manufacturer (or license the technology out). One detail is certain, though: You still have to wear those silly plastic glasses in order to get the 3D effect.