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Mike: With the strong line up of 3D TVs hitting the store shows later
this year people are getting excited. However there is still lot of questions
about 3D TV and the challenges you get when you try to scale down that 3D movie
theater experience in your living room. In this episode, we will be discussing
technologies that go into these TV´s and answer some common questions about 3D
TV. We will also be discussing the new 3D blu-ray format, 3D gaming and more.
With all these buzz around 3D TV, there comes a lot of rumors and
misconceptions. In this episode we are going to provide the information that
will clear some things up once in for all. First of you will need glasses if you
want to watch 3D TV, there is no easy way around that one and personally I am
not looking forward to wearing two pairs of glasses, but hey, it’s a small price
for having 3D cinema in your living room. Many people don’t want to watch
everything in 3D, you will be glad to know that you do have a choice, the 3D
function can be turned on and off at any time. This might just turn out to be
something that’s ideal for sports and movies. I am not actually looking forward
to seeing commercials in 3D, since they are already pretty abrasive.
Another cool thing about 3D TV is that they are converters that turn your
existing 2D media into 3D. So well right now there might not be a lot of 3D
content available, you can bring new life to your DVD or blu-ray connection by
converting them to 3D. Some TV’s like the Sony are going to have built in
converters, so you can watch 3D right out of the box. If you want to experience
4HD 3D it looks like you are going to have to buy a new TV. The hope of buying
an adaptor to pulling your [Inaudible] [00:02:00] TV is unlikely that’s because
3D TV requires a much higher refresh rate, its about 240 hertz which is almost
double that you would find on LCD’s that are on the store shelves. For some 3D
TV’s use active shutter technology you will only be paying a slightly higher
price on the TV but the glasses may cost you 50 to 100 bucks a pair.
Other 3D TV’s that use polarized film will be more expensive but will offer
cheaper glasses. 3D TV has appeared and disappeared many times throughout
history, remember the Virtual Boy, so naturally people are bit skeptical of 3D
TV would be a success, so has lot of challenges to overcome in the living room.
One potential problem is ambient light reducing the 3D effect. Some TVs resort
to see ask for inside small enclosures with curtains, but in the living room
environment you have different ambient light resources different viewing angles
and its yet to be seen how much that’s going to affect the viewing experience.
The biggest challenge by far are the requirements of those clunky 3D glasses. It
seems no one is looking forward to wearing them, a quite of few people have
actually complained of headaches or eye strain from the experience. So while the
demo TV’s look legit, 3D TV is yet to be tested in the living room. Next, let’s
take a look at the technologies that are going into these glasses.
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