‘Universal’ 3D fails to impress

November 3rd, 2010
‘Universal’ 3D fails to impress

The 3D revolution is not only taking over at the cinema screens, but is even entering our homes, with the introduction of 3D TV sets and more and more programmes broadcast using the new technology.

However, there is still the problem of what 3D glasses to use when – and this is not just a fashion conscience decision.

Different manufacturers of 3D televisions have also made their own 3D glasses, and they won’t always work effectively with other sets or in the movies.

For example, the glasses you use at home with your Sony 3D television, won’t work when you go round to your friends house to watch a programme on his Panasonic 3D TV. This is because of the way the televisions and the glasses are matched up; proprietary communication protocols to make sure the two work well together.

There are some so-called “universal” 3D glasses on the market, but even those don’t work perfectly. They may well show the 3D effect, but users will often find that the colours are off by couple of shades. This is down to the fact that different television sets have their own color characteristics and the glasses made to go with them are tinted to match.

Hopefully this is a problem which will be solved by the Consumer Electronics Association, which is planning to impose standards on 3D televisions, so that they all use the same signal protocol. This will mean that you can mix and match your 3D glasses as much as you like.

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