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Big Blue releases 3D TV technology

Coming at you for a $1,000
Mon Nov 14 2005, 06:26
IBM is set to release 3D television technology which is nearly half the cost of current systems.

3D video has been around for a while, but one of the things that have held it back has been the steep cost. A normal system will set you back at least $1,800 and use two projectors to simulate both left and right views needed to form 3D image.

Big Blue boffins have worked out a way of creating a 3D video system that works with normal DLP (Digital Light Processing) televisions and needs only one projector. It does this by adding lots of frames per second to give giving the image an authentic three dimensional look.

It is a “black box” device which can be connected to any DLP projector or television via the common VESA (Video Experts Standards Association) 3 pin stereo connector.

Currently IBM needs a manufacturing partner to bring the technology to market. Apparently it is compatible with OpenGL and Direct Draw - both software components of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

You still need 3D glasses to correctly view the image and practically no video is shot in 3D yet. But it will be nice when it comes.

More here.


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