3-D Glasses to Be Standardized Across Brands
The 3-D electronics market is a mess of mixed metaphors and incompatible technologies, and there is no better example than that of 3-D glasses, which don't work on rival TVs. Now major 3-D TV manufacturers are getting together to standardize 3-D glasses technology.
Panasonic, Samsung and Sony have jointly announced the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative, which will use the Xpand glasses technology to make a single kind of 3-D glasses that will work not only on TVs, but also on computer monitors and projectors that show 3-D content.
"Through this alliance, we all look forward to addressing critical industry issues to enable a better consumer experience across products. We believe active 3D technology is the most suitable method to deliver full 1080p picture quality to each eye, giving consumers the 3D experience they most desire," Jun Yonemitsu, a general manager with Sony's home entertainment development division, said in a statement.
Usually, the incompatibility between brands of active shutter glasses occurs with the infrared receivers built into the glasses. Development of a universal pair of 3-D glasses will begin in September and likely won't be available to consumers until well into 2012. The manufacturers have promised that the new glasses will be backwards compatible with previous 3-D TV models from Panasonic, Samsung and Sony.
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