Samsung’s 3D Glasses: Fast, Fitted, but only for Samsung TVs

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Samsung’s nifty new 3D glasses for its 3D LED, LCD and plasma TVs will cost you a pretty penny if bought alone and you won’t be able to use them with other TV brands, company representatives confirmed at a press event Tuesday.

Samsung’s electronic shutter 3D glasses will come in three versions: One powered with a replaceable coin-sized battery ($150), another with an internal rechargeable battery ($200) and a smaller set of rechargeable glasses for children ($180). Note, however, that two pairs of glasses and a 3D Blu-ray movie come free with each new Samsung 3D TV.

Since Samsung’s LED and LCD TVs provide a 240Hz refresh rate, the glasses refresh at half that rate (120Hz) because they synchronize to 3D content by alternately closing and opening each side. A Samsung representative explained that plasma screens do not refresh the image the same way as LCD and LED panels, but the same Samsung 3D glasses will provide an identical 3D viewing experience.

The glasses power up with the touch of a button and power down after a minute after you fold the arms. The battery model is said to offer about 400 hours of use between batteries, while the rechargeable units should be charged fully before watching an average-length movie, a Samsung representative said.

At a demonstration during Tuesday’s press event, four blocks of Samsung 3D TVs were stacked three across and three high. The 3D effect with made-for-3D movies, like a trailer for DreamWorks’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” were impressive. The glasses synched after a few seconds and the viewing experience was comfortable and without flicker.

Samsung representatives noted that the company's proprietary technology will only work with its own TVs; thus if you want to watch content on another brand of TV, you’ll need to buy glasses that work with that brand.

This story, "Samsung’s 3D Glasses: Fast, Fitted, but only for Samsung TVs" was originally published by PCWorld.

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