The future lies in 3D. The runaway success of James Cameron’s hit movie Avatar has brought the thrill of 3D back to the masses. As usual, when one person has put in the hard work and brought technology into the limelight there are plenty of people who find ways to capitalize on it. The latest endeavor on those lines is to bring 3D to the television unit in your home.
While there are many methods in which this feat can be achieved, this article focuses on three LCD-based technologies that we are likely to see vying for our attention.
Philips has been pioneering research in Lenticular viewing to bring 3D to your home. This technology is available right now and uses a lens attached in front of the TV to achieve the 3D effect. So, what is the advantage? You do not have to wear those silly glasses to watch a program in 3D. What is the disadvantage then? You have to sit in a particular spot directly in front of the TV to get the full effect, which means that not more than two to three people can enjoy this technology at a time.
Hyundai seems to have the most feasible idea, where TV supports 2D and 3D viewing. You will however, have to wear polarized glasses to see anything in 3D. This LCD TV is expected to hit the market soon and appears to be the economically justifiable option for consumers.
Samsung and Mitsubishi seem to have come up with the best image technology, albeit at a price. Instead of the TV doing all the hard work, all the processing is passed on to the glasses you wear. The glasses synchronize with the refresh rate of the TV, handle polarization and offer the best image quality of all three options discussed thus far. The only downside is that the glasses are expected to cost a bit more than $100 dollars per unit.