Toshiba Shows Off Glasses-Free 3D TVs at CES 2011
Sony has been all over the move into 3D television, but has said it can’t be done without glasses. Joke’s on them apparently, because Toshiba has two big-ass glasses-free 3D TVs at CES 2011 in Las Vegas, and they can be done.
Reuters is reporting that Toshiba has a 56-inch and 60-inch 3D TV on display playing Final Fantasy XIII at the convention right now, and the company has said it’ll probably be launching a 40-inch-plus model and a 50-inch-plus model. And not just in Japan, where the company has released smaller 20-inch 3D TVs — Toshiba told Reuters it plans to start offering the TVs in U.S. markets as well.
There are lots of other 3D TVs coming to the market, but they all require special battery operated, totally stupid-looking 3D glasses that run somewhere between $150 and $200 a pair. Meanwhile, glasses proponents like Sony contend the angle at which you have to view the TV in order to get the 3D effect without glasses is really precise — as in, from directly in front of the set. And then there are the guys at Microsoft, who basically think 3D is a bad idea in general.
No details have been released by Toshiba yet as to price, but we can expect the 40-inch-ish TV around April, it seems. This might be a good time to note that everybody working on 3D technology has issued warnings about it to make sure they don’t get sued, just in case — including Nintendo.