Sony reveals prototype glasses-free 3D TVsCES 2011: Sony offers a glimpse of future 3D TV

06 January 2011

Sony future 3D TV technology

Does the future hold glasses-free 3D TV?

Sony revealed a glimpse into the future at CES 2011, by unveiling some remarkable prototypes –3D TVs that don’t need any glasses. Which? took a sneak peak.

Three prototype glasses-free, 3D TVs were on display – a 56-inch LCD panel, 46-inch LCD and 24.5-inch OLED (organic light emitting diode).

Though the effect doesn’t quite have the impact of the active shutter 3D glasses and TVs available at the moment, each of the Sony prototypes still managed to deliver the promised 3D effect.


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3D TV technology of the future

Which? researcher Mike Briggs said, ‘Watching head-on seemed to deliver the best effects, but quality did drop off when viewed to the side. The 46-inch TV in particular suffered from some odd banding effects, but seeing 3D without glasses on was still impressive nonetheless.

‘Without glasses, 3D TV starts to feel like a more relaxed and natural experience.’

Sony remained tight-lipped about the technology at work and gave no indication of release dates.

Sony 3D prototypes

Also on show were a pair of fully immersive wrap-around virtual reality type 3D goggles it claimed would eliminate any image ghosting or cross-talk problems, and a portable 3D Blu-ray player that works without glasses.

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