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Panasonic Sports 3D Plasma TV Prototype

Earlier today Panasonic revealed its newest 50-inch 3D plasma TV, arriving just under a month after the company announced its trek into the third dimension at the IFA electronics show in Berlin. Unfortunately, the new plasma TV is only a prototype, making its initial debut at Panasonic's headquarters in Osaka this morning. The company plans to go with a full frontal public display next week at the Ceatec electronics show near Tokyo.

So how does the 3D TV work? Users are required to wear special shutter glasses that are synchronized with the TV. Instead of using the old-fashioned red and blue hues, the television instead flashes left and right images; the glasses switch in synch with the TV so that the viewer only sees the left image when the left side flashes, and the right side when only the right image flashes.   

Panasonic said during the presentation that the rapid switching required the development of new plasma display panel (PDP) materials and chips to illuminate pixels faster without cutting back overall screen brightness. IDG News also added that Panasonic used new phosphors with a short luminescence decay time, reducing the chance of "hazing," or lingering images, when the video frames are switched.

Panasonic said that the prototype is capable of HD, offering 1920 x 18080 pixels. The new PDP and glasses stem from the company's Full HD 3D Plasma Home Theater System that was developed last year. Consumers will need a Blu-ray player and movies that actually support the 3D format to get the full effect.