Published On: August 27, 2010

Toshiba To Launch Glasses-Free 3D Before Christmas

Published On: August 27, 2010

Toshiba To Launch Glasses-Free 3D Before Christmas

Up to three new 3D auto-stereoscopic - i.e., glasses-free - HDTVs, able to be watched from different angles, are reported to be coming from Toshiba before Christmas, according to the technology blog engaget.com, although the screens are said to be smaller than is currently the norm.

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Tech blog, engadet.com, is reporting that before the year's end, Toshiba plans to launch three new 3D HDTVs. These new televisions are reported to be glasses-free, meaning that it is not necessary to wear glasses to experience 3D viewing.

The technology is called autostereoscopic and the idea behind it is that the screen will emit light rays at different angles. This method of projecting light will supposedly create a 3D image that can be viewed from multiple angles.

There are trade-offs with the technology, however. The screen is rumored to be 21 inches in size. This is only one of three screens, so there may be larger ones. Also, the resolution is purportedly not full HD, having only a 1280 x 800 resolution. These assumptions are based off statements Toshiba made earlier this year in April.

There are other questions of the possible trade-offs as well.  Will the viewing angles on these glasses-free sets be as good as the sets with glasses?  Will the quality of the actual 3D image be as clear?  Will the technology allow for 2D to 3D conversion?  What will the price point be?  Will it be dramatically more expensive than the 3D televisions already planned for the market?

These are questions that need to be answered about this new autostereoscopic technology.

Toshiba has not made an official announcement as of yet, but with the televisions allegedly set to release before Christmas, official word should be quickly forthcoming.

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