3D x 2 = 1 Good Question
I was particularly interested in comparing Samsung’s two 3D technologies side by side. On the right, you see a 55" LED LCD panel that uses active glasses technology with a 240 Hz refresh rate. The screen supports 1080p and allegedly offers a sub-4 ms response time to help eliminate interference between the left and right images. Of course, the Holy Grail of 3D is to get rid of the glasses, which takes us to the screen on the left.
On the showroom floor, ten feet or so in front of the screen, Samung had laid down strips of black tape marking the “sweet spots” in which the 3D effect would be most visible. Sure enough, when I stood with my toes on the tape, on-screen objects popped right out. A half-step to either side killed the effect. Samsung notes that it’s targeting this non-glasses approach at signage applications, and that’s fine. I’ve said all along that I feel 3D is premature for living room environments, but these displays show that Samsung is still working hard to evolve the field.
One question, though: As long as we’re still saddled with using glasses, how hard would it be to make the glasses auto-sensing such that when the user sets them down their associated screen(s) automatically revert to 2D mode?