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Toshiba will release 3D TVs that don't need glasses

Tries to create a spectacle
Wed Aug 25 2010, 11:34

JAPANESE ELECTRONICS MAKER Toshiba is planning to release 3D televisions that do away with glasses by year end.

The firm told The Daily Yomiuri that it plans to introduce three televisions that won't require viewers to don cumbersome shutter glasses. Toshiba has developed an "internal imaging system" that sends out light rays at different angles, allowing the viewer's brain to create a 3D image.

At present shutter glasses restrict each eye to see only half of the complete image with the brain combining the two images to create the stereoscopic 3D image. While television makers have been betting on 3D TVs to spur sales, it seems that punters don't really fancy wearing a set of unfashionable spectacles, so uptake has been slow.

Toshiba claims that its technology will enable decent viewing angles, as similar technologies in the past had extremely limited viewing angles meaning that the viewer had to stand directly in front of the screen to see anything. Existing 3D content will be viewable on Toshiba's units without any modification.

It also hopes that by ditching the shutter glasses, sales of 3D screens will pick up. The screens will tip up sometime before Christmas, though expect pricing to be in the thousands. µ



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