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Panasonic And XPAND 3D Team Up On Glasses Standard

Panasonic And XPAND 3D Team Up On Glasses Standard

While 3D has obviously exploded in recent months, one thing that has been left in the dust is universal support and compatibility. With everyone taking 3D and running with it, we've been left with a lot of fragmentation in the market, with some sets supporting active, and others passive. And that's just the start. But regardless of the differences that are adding pain points today, Panasonic and XPAND 3D are hoping to help. Those two companies have today announced that they have formulated M-3DI, a new standard for 3D active-shutter eyewear products that will bring about compatibility among 3D TVs, computers, home projectors and cinema projection.

Other leading 3D technology providers for televisions, projectors and cinemas have agreed to participate in supporting the new standard, including Changhong Electric Co., Ltd., FUNAI Electric Co., Ltd., Hisense Electric Co., Ltd., Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Seiko Epson Corporation, SIM2 Multimedia S.p.A. and ViewSonic Corporation. With that many big players onboard, we expect even more to join soon. Licensing is scheduled to start next month, and M-3DI will provide a communication protocol between 3D active-shutter eyewear products and 3D-capable  TVs, front projectors, computers and cinema systems (XPAND-compatible theaters). The technology will let  consumers enjoy the immersive 3D experience across all types of compatible 3D displays as well as at movie theaters, with a single pair of 3D active-shutter eyewear.


In other words, but one set of glasses, and view all of your 3D material with them. Simple, easy, cost-effective. While the M-3DI standard to be licensed at this time uses infrared communication technology, radio communications will be considered for the next step. Of course, we still have no idea what these "standardized" glasses will cost, but it's better to get this sort of thing under control now than in a few months down the road…
 
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This seems to be a good thing except for one thing, 3D seems to be moving to glasses free now. So really if you are going to get something 3D why not either buy the glasses free one you want, and you don't need these, or find out when the glasses free you want is coming. One big factor in this now is 3D video in phones which I believe 3 are released now and or imminent. The only thing that excites me about these smart phones is the ability to record. Yes you could get a 3D camera, but it would be more expensive then any of the three phones. Which of course you will most likely buy anyway now or soon enough. Another big factor in this is the fact that anyone who has a 3D HD TV or Display setup now can probably afford to do these things without much of a difficulty because they would be an early adopter. So the final on these is kinda unnecessary unless you go to the movies enough to use them, and there dirt cheap.

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A standardized 3-D glasses is only going to improve the quality of 3-D at the moment but it could be all for naught with all the progress put into glasses free which is where 3D ought to be and is headed since the purpose of 3-D is to be immersive and if you're wearing glasses in order to experience the 3-D it causes limited viewing angles and field of vision and just takes away from the immersive experience

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I don't mine having to wear glasses for 3D but definitely prefer a passive 3D. Many of our theaters where I live are using Real D technology and have just started doing IMAX 3D so at least around this area of the country 3D is just starting to explode.

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Definitely a step forward towards making 3D more accessible. I was hearing about this during the 3DNA conference. The breakthrough for 3D media will indeed come from autostereoscopic (no glasses) technology. I have a feeling with families already putting sensor bars on top of their tvs as we speak, it will only be a matter of time before television sets/3d monitors will be able to deliver L/R images to anyone in the room, regardless of where they are sitting. It will however take more time than we would hope.

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I'm not going to say that 3D is getting bigger and that these glasses make it more accesable. But with these glasses, I no longer have to pay extra for those theater glasses or those 3DTV glasses.

Cheap b-tards for the win!

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I don't know, 3G is neat and fun once in a while, but it just seems gimmicky to me. I've watched it and I'm really not that impressed. None of the theater's near me (Mendocino County, NW CA) have 3D, I would guess it's just too expensive for theater's in rural and smaller town America.

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they just need to switch everything to 3D and force 3D on everyone... this "slow progressing" BS is killing me o_O

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