Toshiba Reveals Polarizing Filter 3D TVs

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 reduced.

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.
Via:  Tech-on!
Tags:  HDTV, Toshiba, Regza
omegadraco 3 years ago

Nice plus the glasses don't need power either from the looks of things. Hopefully they can bump the pixel density back up on these sets. Though I think many of us are waiting for more info on the glasses free 3D technology.

deadmanet 3 years ago

I know I am looking foward to glasses free. Mainly because the current technology will drop in price at that point. And for me, the price is the only thing keeping 3D out of my hands...or eyes :-P

AKwyn 3 years ago

All I can say is... Finally! Polarized 3D is just as good as Shutter 3D so why hold it back?

The hardest part will be waiting for them to come to USA but one things for sure, this is one step further to No-3D glasses (also referred to by Best Buy as 4D); not a big step but a step nonetheless.

pjnissim 3 years ago

Passive 3D is definitely a step forward for 3DTVs the last thing someone wants to worry about is charging their glasses, their already frustrated that they're wearing them!

Polarized/Passive 3D has always been a better option in my mind- i'd rather receive l/r images at once as opposed to the l/r flicker of active shutter 3D. Roughly $1500 isn't quite affordable yet to the general audience to drool over this quite yet, but definitely a step in the right direction.

rapid1 3 years ago

I wanna see 3D without glasses if it is for home use on a TV in whatever method they decide to use if I ever have a 3D home unit personally!

dadodgeson 3 years ago

you could game 3d for 3 hours a night for 20 nights on a batterie powered set aleast thats what they say if its true you could watch approx 18 movies on one batterie i guess i would have to see the difference in the two

i have seen the nvidia active shutter form (i think thats what its called) it look damn nice i thought.

Ive also seen it when you just have red/blue glasses on is this the same as passive

at any rate guess I'm waiting on the glasses free one to.

cool stuff though

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