Glasses-Free 3D Television Set In Production

It seems that every big blockbuster to hit box offices lately have been in 3-D. From Avatar to Alice In Wonderland, and currently Despicable Me, 3-D is used as common as computer animation. Now television companies are working on bringing the life-like effects into your home. TechNews World reports:

Toshiba has reportedly confirmed it is working on technology for a 3-D television set that won’t require viewers to use special glasses.

However, details are scant, and the company declined to say when such TVs will hit the market.

Toshiba isn’t alone in working on technology that will let viewers watch 3D TV without glasses.

“Every major manufacturer will be working on auto-stereo, or glasses-free, 3D TV,” David Mercer, a vice president and principal analyst at Strategy Analytics, told TechNewsWorld.

Technology that lets people watch 3D images without glasses already exists. For example, Nintendo is using it in its 3DS handheld video game device, which it demonstrated at the E3 show in Los Angeles in June.

In the world of retail, in-store 3D displays transmit different images at various angles to create an illusion of dimension and depth, but they require viewers to stand in specific locations, and the image quality tends to be fairly low.

Mitsubishi, which is reportedly also working on glasses-free 3D TVs, will use the same technology as that in current 3D in-store displays, Yomiuri said.

Continues at TechNews World

**Phillips also recently announced plans to release a 52-in 3-D display showing “2D-plus-depth” images.