Eyes on 3D TV This Spring

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Eyeballing  a new way to help the stimulus package work? A new pair of special eyeglasses and a small contribution to Panasonic this spring will provide you with 3D television viewing at home. The VT25 HD television uses technology to alternately blank out the image of one eye at a speed rapid enough to avoid detection by the human eye. At the same time, an offset image is presented to each eye producing the 3D effect. Microsoft is reportedly working on technology that does not require special glasses so you may want to wait a few more years.

Sony, Samsung, LG, Toshiba and Vizio all announced 3D-compatible HDTVs at this year’s CES, but Panasonic has made the most noise about the technology. The company began touting an extra dimension at last year’s CES, and this year it has finally announced a shipping date for its first 3D plasma TV. Dubbed the VT25 series, it’s expected to be released in the spring. It will be among the first 3D-capable flat-panel HDTVs available for sale in the U.S.

The set will include one pair of 3D glasses–every other 3D set announced at the show, save Sony’s XBR-LX900 series, lacks included glasses. Also, like all other makers, Panasonic will employ an active LC shutter system. The right and left lens in the glasses alternately darkens and lightens, too quickly to perceive, while the TV synchronously displays the corresponding right- and left-eye-specific images. The result is a stereoscopic 3D effect that, in the case of the VT25 mated to full-resolution 3D content, preserves all 1,920×1,080 (1080p) pixels for each eye–hence Panasonic’s term “Full HD 3D.”

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