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The TV Manufacturing Giants Agree to Make Universal 3D Glasses

Pansonic, Samsung, Sony, and XpanD came together to agree upon, making universal 3D glasses that will be compatible with all their 3D TV models.  This is great news for TV Lift Cabinet Owners who have 3D TVs.

Currently, 3D TV owners are faced with a great hurdle.  If they want friends and family to come over to watch a movie or game, they must provide them with glasses.  What 3D TV owner is going to buy more than four pairs of 3D glasses valued at $100 a piece?  It doesn’t make economical sense.  In addition to that, even if their other friends have their own pair of 3D glasses, those glasses are still going to need to be compatible with their TV model.  Talk about a frustration experience – to have such great visual technology and no easy way to share it with friends and family.

This is why 3D TVs sales have not skyrocketed as quickly as the flat panel TV.  Price and convenience dictate the consumer market.  It was evident that something needed to be done.  XpanD took the initiative and signed a deal with Panasonic to create a standard for infrared systems.  They are also beginning to lower the cost of 3D glasses.  Recently, consumers have been able to purchase Samsung’s 3D glasses for as low as $50.

While most consumers prefer to not have to wear glasses, at least for the time being consumers can get a pair of standard 3D glasses that will work on any 3D TV.  For consumers who refuse to buy a 3D TV because of the glasses, you may not have to wait long to skip the glasses altogether.  Manufacturers are making 3D TVs that require no glasses to enjoy the visual quality.  It may be some time before these glasses-free 3D TVs become mainstream and affordable to the general public but if you are not in a hurry, it may be worthwhile just waiting.

3D TV: The way of the future?

Recently, 3D technology has exploded on the big screen. It was only a matter of time until TV followed suit. The advances being made in 3D imagery are ever-evolving.  However the idea of watching programs on a 3D TV mounted in a TV lift cabinet may not appeal to everyone.

Reports from the Consumer Electronics Show highlight different forms of 3D entertainment that are in the early stages of development. Some systems require the consumer to sport 3D glasses similar to what you would wear to view a 3D Movie. Sometimes the glasses are more advanced and take on an appearance similar to a virtual reality head set.  The most intriguing technology in my opinion was a Sony television that alternated images hundreds of times per second to send different pictures to each eye – no glasses required! Imagine that in your TV lift cabinet! How far away this technology is from being commonplace is debatable. The introduction of new technology is further complicated by studies showing that consumers are holding on to their possessions (Flat panel TVs included) for longer than ever before.  The after effects of the recession combined with the trend of “going green” and producing less waste have made consumers more inclined than ever to make their possessions last.

What are your thoughts on the new wave of 3D TV technology? Will you follow the tech trend or stick with your tried and true flat panel until an upgrade is absolutely necessary?

3D TVs on Everyone’s Holiday Wishlist

Likely to be the hottest TV gift this holiday season, 3D TVs are steadily rising in popularity and in technological capabilities. Couple that with a steady drop in prices, what more could customers ask for?

As the media entertainment envelope continues to be pushed, moving from HD to Blu-ray and now 3D, the movie industry will continue to play to the highest bidder, and right now that’s the 3D niche. In 2010, there were 25 3D movies released in theaters, and all of those, of course, were or will be released in 3D DVD versions. In 2011, the number of 3D movies is expected to top 30.

And by now everyone has heard that Lucasfilm Ltd. will be rereleasing the entire Star Wars saga in 3D, which will of course be followed by 3D DVDs. In Europe, Sky 3D is the world’s first full-time 3D TV station, which brings sports, movies and entertainment to its customers in 3D 100 percent of the time.

Many of the 3D TV holiday specials this year will feature TV kits that include free 3D-viewing glasses (required to view 3D movies) and a free Blu-ray player. Purchased on their own, these “freebies” could add about a $700 value to your purchase.

And in line with the industry-wide popularity of slim screens, all the major producers of 3D TVs are creating flat, wide screens. Viewing a film in 3D requires a screen large enough to fill a viewer’s field of vision or the effect is lost. 3D TVs measuring up to 65 inches is not uncommon.

As a bonus, many of today’s 3D TVs are also “smart” TVs, meaning they come Internet-ready and streaming-capable.

So which 3D TVs are the best to put on your holiday wishlist in 2010? Well, that is debatable, especially since many of the current 3D TV manufacturers are using different technologies and materials, delivering a variety of results, but many 3D connoisseurs agree that a Top 10 list should look something like this (in no particular order):

– Panasonic TX-P65VT20B

– Sony KDL-60LX903

– Sony KDL-52HX903

– Sony KDL-40HX803

– Samsung UE55C9000

– LG 55LX9900

– Philips Cinema 21:9 Platinum

– Samsung LE46C750

– Samsung 40C7000

– LG 47LD950

Would agree with these picks? Do you own a 3D TV? We would love to hear about your 3D home-viewing experience. Leave us a comment.

Coming Soon: 3D TVs

According to reports from the latest technology magazines and from demos at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), there’s a new type of technology on the horizon when it comes to home entertainment. Many leading technology and electronic makers are unveiling plans for 3D capabilities in super thin, super sleek models of TVs set to hit sometime this year or next.

Samsung is among the companies unveiling a new line of 3D home entertainment products, including five 3D TVs, following its partnerships with DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor. According to a recent release, one of the focus points is the new 9000 series of TVs, which features a super thin LED structure equivalent to the width of a pencil. In addition to Samsung, both LG and Toshiba have released plans of their own 3D TVs and a variety of 3D capable gaming systems and other tech gear have made debuts at CES this month from makers like Microsoft.

When 3D technology comes out, will you be adding it to your home? Tell us what you think about the possibility of watching movies in 3D, right in the comfort of your own living room.

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