Glasses-free 3D TV set to debut at CES
Published 04/01/2011 | 13:57
Toshiba is one of several electronics companies that will show off a 3D television set that doesn’t require glasses at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
The electronics giant will give its first mainstream demonstration outside Japan of the Regza GL1 set at CES, which begins this week, although the model has already garnered positive reviews on its debut at Japanese show Ceatec.
The company will also be bringing a 3D laptop, the Qosmio, to CES and told Engadget that glasses-free 3D portable computers could be on sale by the end of the year.
Although sales of 3D televisions have failed to take off in the way manufacturers hoped, most believe that film studio and TV programme-makers’ support means that there will be a market.
So far consumers have been put off by high prices and the need to wear glasses. However, British retailer John Lewis, reported that in some categories 3D TV sets already accounted for 15pc of sales.
On small screens new technology is increasingly making 3D possible for normal viewing. In laptops, manufacturers are also helped by the fact that users typically view the display square-on.
The 20” and 12” glasses-free TV models are already on sale in Japan, and other major manufacturers are expected to unveil prototypes over the next few days.