Panasonic, Sony, and Samsung have finally gotten together on a standard for active shutter glasses needed to watch 3D. Here's the story from HD Engadget, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung and XpanD finally team up for an active 3D glasses standard.
So now there's one less problem with the premature launch of 3D. Of course, active glasses are a part of the problem no matter if they're standardized or not. The active glasses have shutters that move and cause flickering in the peripheral vision of the viewer. Some people tolerate it and others don't like it at all. Active glasses also cut out 65% of the brightness making movies too dark. There's also the fact that they need to be recharged and can loose their power during a movie. Put another pair of glasses on you say? At around $150 per pair it's a costly proposition.
There's always passive 3D where the glasses only cost a couple of bucks. The problem with them is that in order to obtain 3D, the resolution to each eye is halved. Now the movie is no longer in high definition.
There are new technologies being developed but it does little good for those who already bought a 3D TV. The good news is that 3D is packaged into TVs at little extra cost these days. Many people have 3D TVs but just don't use the feature.
And, really, why would you? Two years in and there's still not much content. It'll be interesting to see how much they push 3D at CEDIA Expo next month.
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