The most recent technology in theater these days is 3D, or three dimensional, viewing. Many of the latest big budget films are now all employing the same special effects and vivid images using three dimensional techniques to enhance the depth and realism of the movie. Now this technology, normally only viewable in theaters, can be enjoyed on your home TV.
With more 3D movies on the horizon, advances in the field are being made already with the announcement of 3D ready television sets and programming. Cablevision, ESPN, and Sky UK all plan to launch 3D channels in early 2010, and will require a 3D ready TV for viewing. Most major manufacturers have either placed compatible televisions on the market or will be releasing three-dimensional TV’s at some point this year. They range anywhere from $1500 to a few thousand dollars in price, with some glasses being sold separately. Though slow to start, the breakthrough of this type of viewing experience is no doubt going to be significantly improved upon and found in more and more electronics in the future.
3D ready TV’s are designed to work with LCD shutter glasses, which use a wireless link to allow the viewer to experience a more realistic movie and gaming experience. Video games especially benefit from this type of imaging because the high quality graphics work in unison with virtual cameras, or “native 3D”, making the virtual image look smooth and realistic, popping from the screen. This makes them perfect for home TV sets. The game industry has released quite a few titles already with more to come. Already Disney, Microsoft Xbox 360, and PlayStation have released virtual video games, with more due out this year.
The difference between 3D in theater and home TV is minute, mostly being that the home TV is just a smaller scale version of a theater screen projecting three-dimensional images. Theaters also use a different type of glasses, but this doesn’t mean much when compared to the home TV, just that it is according to what type of screen the image is being viewed on.
Reportedly plasma is the better choice for a 3D ready TV as opposed to LCD, with plasma displays showing a sharper image and better viewing angle, meaning the viewer can be sitting in different positions without losing picture quality. It’s important to know that the 3D feature can be turned off on TV’s so it can be watched in regular, 2D format.
The convenience of having a TV at home that can play movies just like theater scale films is a huge plus for consumers. With so many movies and games being marketed, stores are beginning to fill up with a variety of different genres for families to choose from.
As more and more companies introduce 3D imagery and content into their current line, the need for a compatible yet affordable home television to keep up with the trend will be greater. Between programs, video games, and movies, within a few years many American households will have virtual capability in their homes.