3D had a huge coming-out party at CES 2011, and it's looking like that
trend will continue into 2012. LG, shortly after introducing a majorly
huge 55" OLED HDTV, is announcing their newest collection of 3D glasses,
including a pair designed by renowned eyewear designer Alain Mikli.
They'll be introduced in Q1 2012, with the F310, the clip-on F320 and
the Alain Mikli F360 being lighter and more
comfortable to wear while upgraded design features such as curved lenses
and clean frame structure have transitioned 3D glasses from burdensome
requirements to stylish fashion accessories.
"Compared to active shutter glasses, LG's 3D glasses are far more
comfortable to wear and much more affordable, making it possible for
large groups and entire families to watch 3D programs and movies
together," said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of the LG Home
Entertainment Company. "LG is addressing two of the biggest barriers to
3D acceptance head-on and we're confident consumers will react favorably
to our strategy in the coming year."
The F310 is characterized by a distinctive design that combines soft
lines within a slim frame. Unlike many previous 3D glasses, the lenses
have been curved to better accommodate the shape of the wearer's face,
as well as to improve the overall CINEMA 3D viewing experience. The F310
weighs a mere 13.5 grams, making it 20 percent lighter than LG's
previous design. Another new item for 2012 includes the clip-on F320. Clip-on 3D
glasses are unique to 3D TVs based on Film Patterned Retarder (FPR)
technology, which is at the heart of CINEMA 3D TV. Compared to the
previous generation clip-on 3D glasses, the F320 weighs 25 percent less
at 5.5 grams.
Developed in collaboration with Alain Mikli, the F360's half-rim frame
design is sportier and only weighs 16 grams. The lenses of the F360 have
been curved and cover most of the wearer's face, deepening the
immersive CINEMA 3D experience. The stylish F360, as well as all 3D
glasses from LG, can also worn in theaters showing 3D movies since both
CINEMA 3D and theaters utilize the same FPR and RealD technologies.
Pricing? It remains to be seen, but we're sure they won't be impulse buys.