New Acer Display Converts 2D Images into 3D

On Tuesday Acer revealed a 27-inch 3D LED-backlit LCD display featuring "new advances in 3D technology" that allows it to convert any 2D content into 3D on the fly thanks to an "innovative chip-based solution." That means consumers can watch their favorite movies, videos, photos and games in 3D by using just the new monitor -- no extra software is required. You simply enable or disable the feature via the on-screen display.

"This allows regular movies and traditional photos and videos to be enjoyed in a completely new way," the company said. "In addition, it works with any graphics card, so popular PC games can now be viewed in eye-popping 3D."

On the hardware side, the new Acer monitor supports a native 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution, a 2ms response time (GTG), 250 cd/m2 brightness, and 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic). Other features include two HDMI ports, a VGA port, integrated speakers, Energy Star Certification, and an angle adjustable stand.

Unfortunately, this isn't a glasses-free solution. Acer's display will come packed with a set of polarized glasses made from composite materials for a lightweight comfortable fit. The film-patterned retarder technology used in both the screen and glasses supposedly enables a flicker-free 3D viewing experience, reduced eye strain, fatigue and headaches.

"[This is accomplished] by separating left/right images so only one image reaches the left or right lens at a time," the company said. "It also eliminates ghosting, since the display and glasses don't need to synchronize. Slightly larger than first generation 3D glasses, they provide a wider viewing area and increased external light blocking."

The 27-inch Acer HR274H 3D LCD is available for U.S. customers at leading retailers for $599 USD. It includes a three-year parts and labor limited warranty.

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  • Thunderfox
    Converting 2d to 3d... yeah. In realtime, no less. I imagine it screws with the shadows and distorts the angle of the picture just enough to trick your eyes into some sort of limited depth perception, but there is no way to create a truly stereoscopic image from a plain flat picture.
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  • alhanelem
    why are so many monitors limited to 1080P?
    you'd think a 27" LED monitor would at least have a resolution of 1920 X 1200
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  • alhanelem
    why are so many monitors limited to 1080P?
    you'd think a 27" LED monitor would at least have a resolution of 1920 X 1200
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  • kristoffe
    cents on the dollar. an extra 120 pixels means big money in volume rollouts of 1,000,000 monitors. I do agree with you though, I always have 1920x1200 for my monitors if I can for a menu or tool set when building 2d/3d and even win/mac main toolbar.

    I got a great 28" 1920x1200 i-inc for $279 - $15 rebate then they disappeared. what an amazing monitor. and a V7 24" x1200. 3d version? how cool would that be sub $400?
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  • Thunderfox
    Converting 2d to 3d... yeah. In realtime, no less. I imagine it screws with the shadows and distorts the angle of the picture just enough to trick your eyes into some sort of limited depth perception, but there is no way to create a truly stereoscopic image from a plain flat picture.
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