It’s looking like Toshiba is getting ready to market 3DTVs that do not require glasses sooner rather than later. Toshiba themselves are refusing to comment, though given the public’s apparent lack of interest in 3DTV solutions that use glasses, it stands to reason that manufacturers will be rushing to push systems that don’t require them.
To accomplish this, Toshiba is using a new system that emits light rays from the screen at a variety of angles, enabling the eyes to see the different images required for stereoscopic vision. It sounds a bit like the system used in Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS handheld gaming system, but with better viewing angles than the 3DS is said to have. “People can enjoy images in three dimensions from various positions and suffer less stress,” according to the report.
Less stress is definitely a good thing. If you’re one of the millions who have enjoyed 3D films in theaters, you know it can strain your eyes and leave you feeling tired afterward. That’s not much of a selling point for a technology that major manufacturers were convinced everyone would snap up in droves. With that stress reduced or eliminated along with the glasses, 3D may have a much brighter future in the living room soon.