If all you've been using your pricey new 3DTV for is watching movies, you're due for an upgrade.
The current generation of 3DTV sucks for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that it's not really 3D like a hologram is. Recognizing that true holographic video is a long way off, MIT has developed a glasses-free 3D stacked LCD display it's calling a Tensor Display that can make some of that magic happen.
Still watching TV on that 16:9 "widescreen" TV? Unless you're rocking a 21:9 widescreen TV, you're not getting the full cinema experience, no matter how much you trust your home theater technician. Time to get a "cinema" TV.
We thought we'd have to wait years, perhaps a decade, for glasses-free 3D TVs. But Toshiba has created a time warp and announced the first glasses-free 3D, the 55-inch 55ZL2, which the company says will go on sale this December.
I think it's a safe assumption that 3D TVs that require viewers to wear 3D glasses aren't going to be around for too long. People don't want to spend $150 a pop on the things, and they just hurt the overall viewing experience. Luckily, people are hard at work on glasses-free TV, and we're starting to see some sets that offer up 3D viewing with no glasses required.
Finally, a step in the right direction for 3D. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is calling on manufacturers to band together and create interoperable 3D active shutter glasses that work on any 3DTV.
Want to grab Avatar on 3D Blu-ray to show off on your fancy new 3DTV? Well, unless you just bought a new 3D Panasonic TV that came with said Blu-ray, no such luck.
Usually, making 2D things into 3D things involves tricking the eye using special glasses, which make you perceive something has depth when it really doesn't. Surprisingly, the next advance in 3D could come by way of a gadget first invented in 1907, one that goes straight for your brain instead.
Nobody likes 3D glasses. If 3D tech is going to really take off, it needs to be done sans-glasses. And that's what' AUO is working on, with a new 3D display that uses head tracking to ditch glasses altogether.
One of the major factors keeping 3D TVs from really taking off is that nobody likes wearing 3D glasses. The solution? 3D TVs that don't require you to wear glasses. And Toshiba is about ready to start selling two such models.