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A model wearing 3-D glasses poses next to Sony Corp's new 3-D Bravia television during an unveiling in Tokyo on Tuesday. Sony said it will launch 3D televisions in Japan in June, entering an increasingly crowded field of competition for what many see as the next hot product in the electronics industry. See story in Technology section.

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So it means sooner or later we'll have to put on some goggles just to watch TV.

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I much prefer 2D, I watched avatar in 3D and it was hard to figure out what was going on... can't imagine what subtitles did for it.

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Getting into another format war. There is polarised 3D, frame switching 3D (Sony) and anaglyphic 3D. Different glasses are needed for each one. Shades of HD vs. Blu-Ray and Betamax vs. VHS. Who will win this one?

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3D is fun. AVATAR was a blast in 3D. Not gonna run out and buy a 3DTV any day soon, though. Just another new thing companies make and try to make us buy. Technological progress necessitates machine obsolescence so i guess eventually, yes, we'll all be watching 3DTV. May I have the 100 inch OLED 3DTV, please? And then what does 3DTV evolve into after that? Holographic imaging systems?! That's when there's no need for a screen anymore because the images occupy three dimensional space itself.

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You won't be able to watch REAL 3-D programs unless REAL 3-D image programs are broadcast or suitable new Blue Ray medias are sold. Though the TVs seem to switch 2-D images to VIRTUAL 3-D images, I'm not sure it works properly in all programs. Even if it works well, I don't think this kind of 3-D TVs will be common. Because we are demanded to get several glasses for family and get them worn for long hours.

I won't buy it but I like such a technological improvement.

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I prefer to keep the TV turned off and live in a 3D world.

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Way to go moonbeams.

3D, available now. right outside your front door. FREE!!

3D TV is a noble attempt, I'll give the Japanese manufacturers that. But not quite ready for prime time.

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I'm telling you, this technology is going to be about as useful and long last as MDs. Cute as they were, they are impractical. Within a decade there will be holographic stuff going on.

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Some high-end models of TVs will be released with just 2 glasses. I was surprised that the "3-D active shutter glasses" will cost about 12,000 yen, according to the other web site. The shutter of glasses are synchronized with infrared rays the TVs transmit to make parallax so that they are expensive.

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moonbeans is right. I didn't have a TV until I got married. I miss the peace and quiet.

The format war will be brutal. I'll stay well out until the matter is settled. But even then what do I do about my perscription glasses? That could really make the optical path convoluted. I'm getting a headache just thinking about it.

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moonbeams at 09:41 PM JST - 9th March “I prefer to keep the TV turned off and live in a 3D world.”

The most intelligent post I have read on this site in years and yes I do include my own in that.

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This technology will crash and burn.

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Here is the problem. The current set of 3-D TVs don't come even close to producing the kind of effect Avatar was able to. This technology is better suited for projector technology as would be hard pressed reproducing this for TVs. What was really interesting about Avatar in the theatres was that even without the glasses which i tried you don't get that cross polarizing effect you normally get in almost all other cases. In contrast 3D TV sets are not nearly large enough to get the full effect in which the technology was designed. You are limited to your screen size and the effect will be limited within those confines. In contract DLP 3-D projectors have a wider spectrum and can give you depth perception and a more encompassing panoramic view. This is just not possible with the current generation of 3-D sets on the horizon. I personally am waiting more for 4-D or holographic technology to come into the picture. This is where the technology will truly show it's full potential but that is years away yet I think.

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"Within a decade there will be holographic stuff going on"

And within a couple of centuries there'll be holodecks going on!

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