Texas Instruments stands out with 3D TV
The next big thing?
IFA 07 Watching your favourite film in high definition and on a monster screen is all well and good, but it still doesn't make the film leap out at you. Texas Instruments claims it's overcome this problem and has teamed up with Samsung to develop a 3D TV.
The display, which was last week exhibited at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, creates two independent images for viewers' left and right eyes. The two images are then displayed alternately at 60 frames per second. Special specs worn by the user and synchronised with the TV stops the right eye viewing a left-eye image and so on.
The upshot: the brain combines the two images and perceives a single picture in 3D.
The set on display was a 50in model developed by Samsung and based on TI's Digital Light Projection (DLP) technology. Right now, content has to be specially mastered in order to create a 3D picture, but TI said that it hopes 3D movies and games will become readily available in the future.
Texas Instruments' 3D specs: a sales drawback?
There are already 3D displays in existence that don't require the user to wear such, ahem, snazzy specs. However, Texas' technology does create an impressive 3D display that's clear and sharp, partly thanks to the 120Hz refresh rate.
A TI representative told us that the set is already on sale in the US, where it retails for about $1500 (£750, €870). Unfortunately, the company has yet to decided when the set might appear in Europe, or how much it will cost.
Cos this is going to take off like a brick!!!!
I wish I could get paid their salery for being a moron too!!!
Last invention of the Human Race
Will of course be something very like a Holodeck.
Programable and voice controlled. Interactive hologrames. Weapons and or sex toys.
I give the human race about a 30 day life expectancy after the technology has been sorted out and everyone gets one in their spare room.
Or main room of course.
On the upside - interior designers will be the first to go.
Does anyone remember the other method they used to achieve 3D, where the glasses contained one lens which was slightly tinted? If I remember, the glasses were included in one of the TV mags prior to Children in Need or something, where they planned to show some specially shot scenes.
The idea being that the brain takes that little bit longer to process a dark image than a bright one. So whilst the same image is displayed to both eyes (from any standard TV), the right eye was taking longer to process and so was effectively seeing an 'old' image, or rather an image from a slightly different position in space from the left eye.
Granted the effect only worked if the camera was moving, and moving right to left across the scene but the specially shot sequences worked well, as did a lot of other standard programmes like the footy.
Surprised this hasn't been dug up for use more often.