Today's 3D TVs use any one of three active shutter technologies—IR, RF, or Bluetooth. If you own more than one 3D set—or you're always short a pair of glasses at a friend's house—you'd appreciate a pair that can synchronize with multiple systems. That's better than keeping track of several pairs of backup glasses.…
Big news from Panasonic, Samsung and Sony: they're teaming-up to put a stop to this silly trend of being forced into buying expensive 3D glasses that only work with one manufacturer's 3DTV, and will use Xpand's glasses from next year.
Each manufacturer I've spoken to has said that only their glasses will work with their 3D TVs, which certainly throws a spanner in the works when you look at the $150 price. XpanD reckons theirs can work with any TV.
There's a format war you probably didn't even know was going on, right in front of your eyes. It's the battle of four 3D glasses manufacturers to take over movie theaters everywhere.
As our Avatar review illustrated, 3D is evolving from a mere gimmick to a technology that is poised to be the center of our home entertainment experience. And those cheezy glasses? Expect them to get a lot more sophisticated.