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Toshiba Officially Announces Glasses-free 3DTV

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Don't like those glasses? Neither do these 3DTVs.

3DTV is a pretty neat thing to have in your home theater, but wearing those glasses just isn't for everyone. For those who don't like it, Toshiba could have an answer.

Toshiba today confirmed today at CES the commercial availability of glasses-free 3DTVs with screens of more than 40". The first large screen 3DTV models featuring glasses-free technology are expected to be available within Europe in fiscal year 2011 (April 2011 – March 2012).

Toshiba will also be showcasing samples of even larger screen sizes at CES, including a prototype of the world's first glasses-free 3DTV in 65" screen size, as well as a 56" sample.

To display high-resolution glasses-free 3D images, both feature a LED-backlighted panel with a 4096 x 2160 pixel resolution (4k2k panel). The Toshiba Integral Imaging technology applied to its glasses-free 3DTVs works with multiple view points that enable the human brain to see 3D images, while also allowing for a wide viewing angle. Toshiba said that its "view point overlay technology" will allow viewers to move their heads whilst watching 3D content without compromising the 3D effect.

We'll get some eyes-on when the show floor opens tomorrow.

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    g00fysmiley , January 5, 2011 4:56 PM
    this is 3d i like glasses free :D  i got laser corrective surgery to avoid wearing glasses and don't wanna go back to it
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    Marco925 , January 5, 2011 4:56 PM
    Something i might actually be able to consider, now let's hope the price is right.
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    jojesa , January 5, 2011 5:02 PM
    -- "view point overlay technology" will allow viewers to move their heads while watching 3D content without compromising the 3D effect.--
    That I need to see...even with glasses moving ones head could diminish the 3D experience.
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    restatement3dofted , January 5, 2011 5:02 PM
    Marco925Something i might actually be able to consider, now let's hope the price is right.


    It won't be.
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    soulgraph , January 5, 2011 5:03 PM
    Im willing to bet the first sets out are going to be $10,000 +
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    darkchazz , January 5, 2011 5:13 PM
    so far I haven't experienced 3d at all even in theaters.
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    nobodyshearing , January 5, 2011 5:41 PM
    how does this 3d stuff work? everything you watch is 3d or does it need special content? can you switch the 3d off?
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    blackened144 , January 5, 2011 5:44 PM
    darkchazzso far I haven't experienced 3d at all even in theaters.

    Neither has my buddy and he takes his kids to the theatre for 3d movies all the time.. His excuse is that hes only got 1 eye.. Whats yours?
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    dogman_1234 , January 5, 2011 5:53 PM
    3D is a health danger still. Instead of making these thing more serious, how about making them safer for the consumer.
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    milktea , January 5, 2011 6:00 PM
    What is the name of this new 3D tech, anybody?
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    Anomalyx , January 5, 2011 6:00 PM
    dogman_12343D is a health danger still. Instead of making these thing more serious, how about making them safer for the consumer.

    Never going to happen, at least in my lifetime. It's a hazard because it trains your eyes to false focus points for a certain perceived depth. The only way to correct that is to either make the actual depth the same as what's perceived or make the perceived depth the same as the actual. The latter is a 2d movie, and the former would likely involve 3d holographic projections.
    Personally, I'll just stick to 2d. If I want 3d, I can always revert to real life.
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    vertigo_2000 , January 5, 2011 6:01 PM
    dogman_12343D is a health danger still. Instead of making these thing more serious, how about making them safer for the consumer.

    Sitting on your couch watching TV is now dangerous?

    New "sport" at the next X Games? I think I could win a gold medal.
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    house70 , January 5, 2011 6:06 PM
    finally!...
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    hellwig , January 5, 2011 6:13 PM
    vertigo_2000Sitting on your couch watching TV is now dangerous?New "sport" at the next X Games? I think I could win a gold medal.

    LOL!

    No, what we'll end up with is a bunch of kids growing up with very poor eyesight and the inability to focus on items due to the exposure of each eye to a different picture (this confuses the brain and hinders visual development). Hollywood is doing society a disservice by focusing 3D technology on animated children's movies, as children are the most susceptible to the effects. Nintendo is already advising parents not to buy the 3DS for their under-6 little ones.

    Of course, I think they've said something bad about every screen technology since moving pictures were invented, so we'll see.
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    CoryInJapan , January 5, 2011 6:24 PM
    now thiis is the reason why I didnt buy into the glasses gimick...now this is not a gimmick and Im totally down for that when it comes to america...when its at a price I can afford ROFL.
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    shaun_shaun , January 5, 2011 6:25 PM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=805ckl8Qe90
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    chunkymonster , January 5, 2011 6:38 PM
    In related news, Toshiba has also released an announcement similar to Nintendo's (with the 3DS) regarding children under the age of 6 years old viewing 3D. Read the article here...Toshiba Echoes Nintendo's 3D Warning.

    Also, the larger than 40" versions of glasses-free 3D TV's will not be available until 2012. Hurry up and wait! But don't let you kids watch TV tho...

    Glasses or not, 3D TV is a gimmick...skip the 3D and give me holographic TV!!!!!!!!!
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    LORD_ORION , January 5, 2011 6:50 PM
    Start here o learn about the tech...

    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/3DTV-autostereoscopic-CES,review-1490.html
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    captaincharisma , January 5, 2011 6:54 PM
    this is why it is completely dumb to drop a load of cash on a 3dTV right now when glassless 3dTV's are going to be out soon.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , January 5, 2011 7:04 PM
    "Toshiba said that its "view point overlay technology" will allow viewers to move their heads whilst watching 3D content without compromising the 3D effect"
    This is the best part :)  Now I can watch 3d movies laying on my counch on my side and it actually works.
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