One of the many potential pitfalls that could spell the demise of the 3D TV consumer market are the glasses. They're going to be expensive, proprietary, and a general barrier to having a seamless 3D movie experience with the family. One company, XpanD is looking to nip that problem in the bud by announcing universal 3D active glasses that will work on almost any 3D HDTV set.
XpandD's X103 glasses will be compatible with most computer monitors and 3D TVs, as well as all cinemas currently using XpanD's technology. XpanD is using the standard active shutter-glasses technology that most 3DTV manufacturers employ with their new 3D models. However, unlike the glasses being distributed by Sony or Samsung, XpanD's universal 3D glasses won't be tied to a single brand name or TV model. Think of it like buying an unlocked phone that can move from carrier to carrier and maintain the same functionality.
XpanD's glasses achieve this universal function by receiving the infrared signal from any 3D TV, allowing it to identify the television's brand and model, and to make the adjustments necessary to display in 3D. An XpanD representative assures us the process will be completely automatic.
Interestingly enough, XpanD already provides the glasses technology to some 3D TV manufacturers, and appears to have the blessing of these manufacturers to distribute these universal glasses. As Ami Dror, XpanD Chief Strategy Officer, is quoted in the press release, "The main problem with display-linked active glasses lies within the incapability to use these glasses with a 3D TV that is manufactured by another brand. While we support TV manufacturers by manufacturing glasses for them, we are also requested by the same manufacturers to sell universal active glasses that will work with all the modern 3D TVs."
XpanD's announcement could prove to be a major coup: If the X103 glasses are priced competitively, XpanD could stand to overtake the third-party 3D glasses market. That is if this whole 3DTV business takes off in the first place. For more, see XpanD's Web site.
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