Glasses-Free 3D TVs Not Common in Homes for 5 to 10 Years, Samsung Believes

Oct 14, 2010
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Glasses-Free 3D TVs Not Common in Homes for 5 to 10 Years, Samsung Believes

Getting 3D entertainment in your home isn't a hard feat anymore. As many TV manufacturers are making a hard push for the next level of entertainment, including heavy-hitters like Sony. However, the technology isn't loved by everyone, and for most it has everything to do with the glasses that are required to be worn while enjoying the 3D entertainment. While glasses-free 3D technology exists, and some companies are aiming to get test TV sets out in the market by the end of 2010, Samsung believes glasses-free 3D TVs won't be common in the home for up to 10 years.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Samsung believes, due to technical issues that would ultimately make the TVs too costly to manufacture, and therefore expensive for consumers, that the glasses-free technology won't be a common household product for 5 to 10 years. Samsung Electronics' Visual Display President, BK Yoon, pointed out that bringing glasses-free 3D technology is a pretty easy method for mobile devices, like Nintendo's 3DS, but it is a far bigger challenge to implement the technology in 3D TVs.

Analysts are backing up the claim from Samsung, saying that it will take at least five years before glasses-free 3D TVs are a common enough to be called mainstream. Consumers seem willing to pay a little more for movie tickets to enjoy 3D with glasses for a couple of hours, but to wear them at home seems to be the main downfall for most.

[via Wall Street Journal]


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