3D may be the "big thing" right now, but it's still too early to tell
whether it's consumers that are driven the demand, or the companies that
are invested in the technology. Yes, 3D cinema has gone over well, but
it's still too early to tell whether even that is just another fluke.
Remember, the world has seen 3D in cinemas before, and it never did
manage to sustain a growth pattern.
One of the major gripes about 3D
, including NVIDIA
's own 3D Vision
system, is the glasses that you have to wear. There's just no avoiding
the fact that wearing glasses to enjoy content is a huge pain, and for
many, it's simply unacceptable. The solution isn't easy, but it's out
there in prototype form. It's "Glasses-Free 3D," and it's exactly what
it sounds like: 3D, without the glasses.
Intel, among other companies, have demonstrated glasses-free 3D
solutions before, but none are advanced enough to get out onto the
market and rival the glasses-based solutions now. Taiwan's Industrial
Technology Research Institute (ITRI) displayed a
42-inch glasses-free 3D LCD TV this week, using parallax barrier
technology to create the 3D effect on the TV, and according to a local
research group, this kind of technology could be suitable for the market
place by 2015. That's obviously still a very long ways away, but it's
possible that the glasses-based 3D craze will be entirely over and done
with by that point.
What do you think about the future of 3D? Does it even have a future? Or
only with a glasses-free savior?