3D TV manufacturers may have come to an agreement over a standard 3D Blu-ray format, but the same sadly cant be said of their 3D glasses tech. If you’re lucky enough to be an early adopter of either Samsung or Panasonic 3D TV sets, you’ll be annoyed to find your glasses aren’t compatible with the other brand’s screens.
Or at least not compatible wearing them the conventional way round. Pop your glasses on upside down and you may be surprised to find that Panasonic glasses work with Samsung screens and vice versa!
The thinking behind the fix from Home Cinema Choice is actually very simple: both manufacturer’s glasses use polarising lenses, but both chose to put them into the frames the opposite way round.
“I successfully enjoyed 3DTV on a Panasonic model with upside-down Samsung glasses, and vice versa,” said HCC’s Steve May.
“Admittedly it wasn’t a very comfortable experience, and you do look stupider than normal trying it, but heck, this is what we’ve all been reduced to…”
A common standard for active shutter 3D glasses is said to be on the way. Might be worth holding out for that to be set in stone before splashing out on a 3D TV, or face looking like a Star Wars extra when watching a rival brand’s telly.
By Gerald Lynch | May 5th, 2010