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With CES 2012 set to kick off next week on January 10, the big talk of this year’s show is smart TVs, mostly due to Apple’s expected entrance into the HDTV market. Due to this, much of the media is picking up the story that 3D won’t be as big of a focus at the show as it was last year.
According to CNET, at least one TV vendor plans to grab some attention with its latest 3D technology– Toshiba is introducing a glasses-free 3D TV and plan to be first to the U.S. market in the first quarter of 2012.
For us North American-based gamers, Nintendo’s 3DS was our big introduction into the newest glasses-free 3D technology in a mainstream consumer product. However, Toshiba has already been pushing their glasses free TVs in Germany and Japan in 55-inch variants. The only problem is those two models hit the market in recent months for around $10,000 each.
Toshiba wouldn’t say how the U.S. versions would differ from the current models, but did say they would be similar.
So how does the technology work? CNET explains the tech directs light to “separate left and right channels across nine different angles” to provide a 3D experience with a wide viewing angle. The report further breaks down exactly what’s going on behind the scenes:
3D works by showing separate views to the left and right eyes; the brain reconstructs the 3D world from the two images. Toshiba’s TV uses numerous tiny lenses to direct two different views in slightly different directions so each eye sees something different. That’s easier to do with a single viewer at a fixed distance to the screen, but harder with multiple viewers. Toshiba’s 55LZ2 divides the overall viewing area into nine separate regions so people can use the 3D over a broad range of angles.
It isn’t quite a seamless experience just yet, however. CNET explains that you have to calibrate the system first by allowing face detection software to find the position of the viewers.
We’ll get to see more of Toshiba’s new glasses-free TVs for the U.S. market next week at CES. However, they aren’t the only ones planning on showing off glasses-free 3D at the show, Engadget reports that MasterImage 3D is showing off their glasses-less 3D displays designed for use in 4.3- and 10.1-inch smartphones and tablets.
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Jordan Kahn is a main contributor for the Jace Hall Show and has been an avid gamer for over 15 years. He also writes about all things Google for 9to5Google.com and covers breaking Apple news for 9to5Mac and mobile products for Butterscotch.com.
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