HD TV? No thanks, I will grab a 3D TV!

by Dan

3D TVThe latest buzz on the market is High Definition Television (HDTV), no doubt. But what if I tell you that in a couple of years you will be able to have a 3D television? And that is without the crap glasses that you were forced to wear when you went to the movies some time ago.

Philips claims that its 3D television sets will be on the market already in 2008 while Toshiba and Sharp confirmed that they are developing similar products. The basic idea is to force each eye to focus on a different part of the screen, combining a special set of pictures so that the brain will perceive a 3D effect.


Notice that users should be able to get a 3D experience also from 2D high definition content. This is a natural step since many producers will probably wait a couple of years before starting to produce 3D specific content.

Apart from the individual initiatives there is also an European consortium developing a project called 3DTV. According to announcements they have already created and tested different “auto-steroscopic” displays as well as some holographic technologies. The consortium, composed of 19 partners, is coordinated by the Bilkent University, Turkey.

According to Professor Levent Onural, head of the project within the Bilkent University, low end 3D television sets such as the one Philips and other electronic manufacturers are developing could hit the market as soon as 2009. The next step is the creation of holographic television systems, which should emerge in 10 to 15 years, Onural added. Star Trek here we come!

Source:TV Predictions

6 reviews or comments

Klaus Says: December 4, 2006 at 5:09 am

This sounds interesting. My first question when I read this would be if if this 3D effect is a “TV-set only” thing or if the broadcast signals have to be in a new 3D-format.
Anyway, I have perceived to be true that the better the resolution of a TV picture is the more 3D impression you get. And by far the best I have seen in this direction was the picture from a prototype Laser HD TV on a CE show. Without being especially aimed at 3D it really gave the impression of depths, not to mention the brightness and richness of the colors.
So I don’t know if I would wait another 2 or more years for a 3D TV. I think I will be content with a Laser TV as soon as they will be available in early 2007. They’re supposed to consume up to 75% less power as Plasma and LCD TVs, too!

Sarah Says: January 5, 2010 at 11:01 pm

After I have just spent $1500 for a new 55″ HDTV and the 3d TV makers think I am going to by another expensive TV. Ain’t gonna happen!

Besides if I wanted to sit and watch things come at me, I will go stand on the freeways,

I’ll sit this one out thank you and without looking like a freak with those blue and red glasses on.

3D Tvs UK Says: February 27, 2010 at 7:34 am

Thanks for the post, 3D TVs are the future! The games are going to be really good but the downfall is people with eye problems may not be able to see the 3 dimensions and also cost factor. Can’t wait to see the 3D Tvs in action.

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