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Monday, December 1, 2008

3-D TV

What do you all think about the idea of 3-D television? I know it sounds a little hokey and science fiction like, but the reality is that it’s already here.

In case you haven’t noticed, nearly all animated films for the theater are going 3-D. The next big ones Coraline, Monsters VS. Aliens, Pixar’s UP, and Astro Boy, are all taking the leap. Also, Pixar is going to be re-releasing Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3-D. I’ve even heard word that Disney is going to somehow release Beauty and the Beast in 3-D, though I am not sure how that’s going to work...

But the biggest news is that 3-D TV is already here, and you don’t need glasses. Apparently Phillips Electronics has already developed the first 3-D TV, although I still haven’t been able to figure out how it doesn’t require glasses. These TV’s are already on sale for $3,000. But as you know with most electronics that price is NEVER gonna stay that high. I wouldn’t be surprised if in 2 years we see a 3-D TV at Wal-Mart for under $300.

Even cooler, however, is that this special 3-D TV that Phillips has developed can turn any already 3-D source into 3-D images on the screen. In other words, say you hook up a Ps2 to your new TV, it can somehow read the date and generate a second image (2 different views are required for any 3-D effect to work) in real time and present the game in 3-D! How cool is THAT? That means that you can play any of your video game systems in 3-D without buying some special device to do it for you. Just plug and play!

Seriously I am excited for this stuff and I really wish I could see one of these 3-D TV’s in action. But what do you all think? How would you feel about having a 3-D TV?

On a side note, advancements in Holographic technology have taken a huge leap forward. Scientists have been able to create the first hologram that can re-write it’s data in under 2 minutes. That means a new 3-D image is displayed every 2 minutes. That might seem slow, but if they keep working on it, I’m sure they can bring that down to 1 minute, then 1 second, then 24 times per second... and soon we’ll have holographic TV displays too!


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