Samsung: Glasses-free 3DTV "within the next ten years will be difficult"

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samsung-3d-tv-monster.jpgThough recently showing off a 55-inch glasses-free 3DTV at the FDP trade show in China, Samsung have got some bad news for consumers holding out for an autosteroscopic 3DTV in their living rooms. They’re now claiming that a commercially suitable model is at least ten years away.

In a statement Samsung said: “Considering our current technology, Samsung can make glasses-free 3D TV at the R&D level. However, it can only be viewed from a few viewing spots. To make naturally viewed glasses-free 3D TV, for instance in a living room where several people can watch TV from various angles, the technology needs to deliver 3D to at least 32 viewing spots.

“Attempts to put glasses-free 3D TV to market within the next 10 years will be difficult.”

It’s an interesting stance, given Samsung’s continued showcasing of their progression with the tech, especially given the fact that Toshiba plan to release an autosteroscopic screen for public consumption before the year is out.

Could the truth of the matter be more along the lines that Samsung have yet to re-coup the R&D costs from glasses-needed 3DTVs, and need to shift some more of that stock first before giving tech heads something else to covet?

Via: WorldTVPC

Gerald Lynch

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  • I think Samsung are spot on!

    Everyone bangs on about glasses free 3D yet nobody ever considers the technicalities involved.

    Glasses free systems at present a based on lenticular design and as such, have a VERY precise sweetspot. This is fine if you’re talking solo viewing such as a handheld console but the moment you have to cater for more than one person, the whole system breaks down!

    The tech behind current glasses free is nothing special. It’s the same tech that goes into those 3D pictures often found in Cornflakes etc. The only difference is the lenticular panel is very much finer. Even then, the current systems by LG etc can’t be fullHD as every other vertical line is support the other eye. 1080p becomes 540 stereo pairs so no longer HD. Vertical resolution would need to double (2160p) to support stereo 1080P and the lenticular panel would need to be twice as fine.

    Even then, the sweetspot issue remains and the system would be good for a single viewer only, sat dead center and at a pretty specific distance.

    To support multiple viewers, you’d need multiple stereo pairs for each user. A three user system could require a vertical resolution of 6480p, way beyond current panel technology! It’s a logistical nightmare!

    For solo viewers who don’t mind sitting where there told or want handheld 3D consoles, current tech is fine but my guess is that the solo market is quite small.

    Volumetric tech is closest to group viewing tech and is hardly cinema standard!

    You’ve got a long wait!

  • I think Samsung are spot on!

    Everyone bangs on about glasses free 3D yet nobody ever considers the technicalities involved.

    Glasses free systems at present a based on lenticular design and as such, have a VERY precise sweetspot. This is fine if you’re talking solo viewing such as a handheld console but the moment you have to cater for more than one person, the whole system breaks down!

    The tech behind current glasses free is nothing special. It’s the same tech that goes into those 3D pictures often found in Cornflakes etc. The only difference is the lenticular panel is very much finer. Even then, the current systems by LG etc can’t be fullHD as every other vertical line is support the other eye. 1080p becomes 540 stereo pairs so no longer HD. Vertical resolution would need to double (2160p) to support stereo 1080P and the lenticular panel would need to be twice as fine.

    Even then, the sweetspot issue remains and the system would be good for a single viewer only, sat dead center and at a pretty specific distance.

    To support multiple viewers, you’d need multiple stereo pairs for each user. A three user system could require a vertical resolution of 6480p, way beyond current panel technology! It’s a logistical nightmare!

    For solo viewers who don’t mind sitting where there told or want handheld 3D consoles, current tech is fine but my guess is that the solo market is quite small.

    Volumetric tech is closest to group viewing tech and is hardly cinema standard!

    You’ve got a long wait!

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