Samsung Introduces FullHD 'RealD' Compatible Televisions
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 7:53AM
KenPierce in 3-D, CES 2011, Home Theater, LG, News, RealD, Samsung, Television, Vizio

In advance of the opening of CES 2011, Samsung and RealD jointly announced Samsung's intention to build new 3-D televisions that display 3-D content using the same glasses widely available in movie theatres around the world.

Currently, 3-D televisions use one of two different types of display technology:



The new technology being developed by Samsung and RealD emulates the method used for 3-D technology in movie theaters.  Their technique places an active shutter in front of the LCD panel, that can block the image from either the left or right eye as needed when the viewer is wearing passive glasses that are the same as those used in theaters.  When 2-D content is being viewed, the active panel is simply left "off" and no image degradation occurs.

It remains to be seen whether flicker will be a problem with this method, but as long as the refresh rate is sufficiently high enough, the method should work very well.  Televisions using this technology will undoubtedly be expensive in their early days, but as the technology matures, the premium for the additional LCD panel will drop, and the cost differential should be minimized.

If 3-D technology is genuinely going to take off at home, this type of solution is exactly what's required.  Technology that allows every viewer to inexpensively enjoy the same, high quality, 3-D image and that doesn't impact 2-D performance.  I also expect RealD will be licensing their technology to other hardware manufacturers in the very short term (if they haven't already).

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