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Toshiba 4K Glasses-Free 3D TV Close to Shipping in US

The 55-inch TV uses a 4K x 2K LED LCD panel. For regular 2D viewing, all content is upscaled to 4K. For 3D, the glasses-free experience is delivered at 720p for up to nine viewers.


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Toshiba treated us to a special preview of its autostereoscopic (glasses-free) 3D TV prior to the opening of CES 2012. Not all details were complete, but the US delivery of this breakthrough TV is getting closer.

The 55-inch TV uses a 4K x 2K LED LCD panel. For regular 2D viewing, all content is upscaled to 4K. For 3D, the glasses-free experience is delivered at 720p for up to nine viewers.

Each of the nine viewers needs to be seated in specific “sweet spot” locations, but a face tracking system (operated by a built-in camera) will locate the viewer so the nine viewing spots are not necessarily rigid.

The TV is currently shipping in Japan for about $10,000. It will be available in Europe next and in the US probably by the second quarter of 2012, according to Toshiba’s Scott Ramirez.

Glasses-free wasn’t the only 3D news for Toshiba. Ramirez said that the rest of Toshiba’s 3D line will use the passive 3D system currently employed by Toshiba’s 3D sets. At CES 2011, Toshiba exhibited both passive and active 3D, but it has chosen to focus only on passive for 2012.

Toshiba also made some developments on the smart TV front. New TVs will no longer feature Yahoo Widgets, but will include Toshiba’s own smart TV platform, which could make accessing online content a little easier for consumers by offering one easy route online.

One of the most compelling features in Toshiba’s smart TV roster is the e-portal, which uses Rovi’s media guide. Users can also use a table PC to control the TV as well as any other connected components via IR blasters, which ship with the L6200 and L7200 series.

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Toshiba’s glasses-free 3D TV uses lenses to direct light to separate left and right channels so 3D video can be seen from different vantage points. (Credit: CNET)



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