During the past 50 years since 3D has been around, 3D glasses have been needed to view a movie. There is now a new innovative process being brought to us by Microsoft owned Applied Sciences Group that could eliminate the dorky glasses once and for all. By using a process called ‘lenticular lenses,’ the 3D image can be split to viewers’ left and right eyes, giving a 3D effect. In a recent article it stated further that:
3-D technology has seen a renaissance recently. Thanks to the success of movies like Coraline, Up, and Avatar, Hollywood is spending more money than ever to give audiences a stereoscopic experience. And electronics manufacturers are racing to replicate the 3-D theater experience in the home. The market for 3-D-capable televisions is expected to grow from 2.5 million sets shipped in 2010 to 27 million in 2013, according to the research firm DisplaySearch. However, the glasses required to watch 3-D video is a turnoff for many would-be early adopters.
Microsoft’s prototype display can deliver 3-D video to two viewers at the same time (one video for each individual eye), regardless of where they are positioned. It can also shows ordinary 2-D video to up to four people simultaneously (one video for each person). The 3-D display uses a camera to track viewers so that it knows where to steer light toward them. The lens is also thin, which means it could be incorporated into a standard liquid crystal display, says Bathiche.
I have to agree that providing 3D glasses for everyone who views the TV is a huge turn off to me, since the glasses are still relatively expensive. But as noted the system currently will only provide a picture for two viewers at a time. It is an improvement, but having everyone in the room able to view 3D at the same time would be the ideal solution. The way technology is being developed it will only be a matter of time before this becomes available.
Bottom line: This is a good time to wait until 3D has evolved without the need for 3D glasses.