According to Jared Newman of Time Tech, from what he saw at the Consumer Electronics Show, TV makers are turning their attention to 4K Now that 3D is a standard feature of new TV’s. The term 4K refers to the horizontal resolution of these formats, which are all on the order of 4,000 pixels.
Does the bursting of the 3D TV hype bubble spell doom for a glasses-free version? Not yet, according to Jared he did see a couple of glasses-free 3D technologies at CES this year, and they both looked better than anything seen before. But he says, they’re a long way off from becoming actual products that the average person can afford.
Vizio was demoing a product at the show but for now the company has no plans to turn the glasses-free 3D prototype into a commercial product.
Stream TV Networks is trying to get its own glasses-free 3D system built into televisions. The so-called Ultra-D technology combines proprietary hardware with an algorithm that converts 2D video to 3D at 4K resolutions. It’s also supposed to work at any viewing angle. Stream TV’s plan is to work with component suppliers, who will offer glasses-free 3D as a feature for major TV brands
In the meantime it seems to me that the better the 3D eyewear is, the more likely it is that the consumer will want to watch 3D TV but most consumers are only familiar with the cheap, ill fitting 3D glasses that are handed out at the movie theaters. The consumer needs help from their eyecare provider for information and advice especially if they need vision correction. Ask people about their 3D experience and many will tell you that the screen is too dark and blurry but there are some good choices for prescription wearers, they just need to know about them. Eyenavision’s Chemistrie, Cocoons, iCoat Sfirex, Marchon 3D, Revolution Eyewear all provide excellent 3D products.
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Chemistrie C-3D offers 3D lenses that decode circular polarization commonly used in theaters and television sets utilizing passive 3D technology. They are custom made to fit almost every frame. The Chemistrie lenses are edged to match the exact shape of the prescription lenses. Chemistrie is a patented lens layering system thatutilizes magnets embedded in the lenses of prescription eyewear to attach lenses. (Cathy and I both have the Chemistrie sunglass clips and really like them.)
iCoat’s Sfirex™ is available in a wide variety of premium quality frames and, custom clip-ons. The ultra efficient polarizing lenses of Sfirex™ provide the highest levels of detail, clarity and resolution with significant increase in light transmission and brightness. Sfirex™ system helps transmit an evenly balanced color contrast and eliminates any unwanted blurriness and annoying reflections.
Cocoons 3D comfortably slips over existing prescription glasses. Optically correct Polaré® 3D lenses feature 40% light transmission to deliver vivid, rich high impact images and are compatible with all passive 3D systems that utilize video technology based on circular polarization. The patented OveRx frame designs “isolate your eyes” to eliminate distracting ambient light from all angles, maximizing the visual experience when viewing 3D media.
Sfirex™ is available in over prescription as well.
Eyecare Provider Opportunity: As most new TV’s being purchased today automatically have 3D technology included consumers need the best 3D eyewear available to optimize it and there is an opportunity here for the professional eyecare provider to do that as they are the best qualified to help the optical consumer especially those that need vision correction.