These days, there are pretty much only two kinds of 3D TVs on the
market: active ones, and passive ones. But Toshiba
is breaking out
another word with their latest set from Japan: polarizing. The Regza ZP2
is the company's latest, and will ship in 32" and 26" screen sizes.
They're expected to retail for between 130,000 and 150,000 yen, and
there's no clear indication of when they'll make the jump to America.
These sets are the first from the company to use polarizing filters to
display 3D images; in this setup, "images for the right and left eyes
are displayed on an LCD panel
equipped with a polarizing filter, and the images are viewed with
polarized glasses." Currently, only LG is also making a bit deal about
this method. In general, these types of 3D TVs can emit images that are
brighter and have less flickering, and the weight of the glasses is also
The only real downside is that the pixel counts of 3D TVs using a
polarizing filter decrease by half in the vertical direction, but with
screen sizes that small, Toshiba doesn't seem to think this will cause
too much issue in real-world experiences.