Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Toshiba 3D TV Ditches Glasses but Demands Tight Seating

Toshiba announced what it claims are the world's first LCD TVs that render three-dimensional (3D) images without the need for glasses.They will be released in Japan by the end of the year. However, viewers must sit within a specific zone in order to get the 3D effect.

They use an integral imaging system and a perpendicular lenticular sheet to display smooth images. Toshiba's image processing technology creates nine parallax images from the original content and renders them in 3D. Both have high-definition LED backlit LCD panels created for 3D capability without glasses.

One of the major drawbacks of Toshiba's glassless 3D technology is that viewers must sit in a specific zone in order to get the 3D effect. There is a viewing zone that can be seen as 3D; however, outside of this zone, images may not be seen in 3D, in whole or in part, according to the company.

"One of the reasons why these Toshiba sets are small is that you need an optimal seating position," Pietro Macchiarella, a research analyst at Parks Associates, pointed out. "Toshiba's probably targeting an audience of one or two viewers at a time."

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