Toshiba Outdoor LED Wall Displays 2D, 3D Simultaneously
Perfect for stadiums, the display looks perfect in 2D and cool in 3D with passive glasses ... simultaneously.
During Integrated Systems Europe 2011, Toshiba demonstrated the technology for the first time.
Charley Bocklet, national sales manager for LED Display Systems, says the Toshiba product is unique for a few reasons. First, most 3D-capable LED systems are made for the indoors, while the Toshiba version is designed for outdoor venues. And the new display uses inexpensive passive 3D glasses so event organizers need not worry about powering and distributing pricey active lenses.
The display, which is perfect for stadiums, looks perfectly fine in 2D and really cool in 3D with passive glasses, displaying both 2D and 3D simultaneously. During ISE 2011 - as long as you watched from at least 20 feet away - the video was completely adequate and the 3D had a decent pop to it. The secret is a four-color system (a la Sharp’s Quattron) that blends RGB and amber LEDs.
“Imagine this in a big arena - you can watch with or without glasses,” Bocklet says.
Toshiba, which rushed to demo a prototype at ISE, has yet to deploy the system.
Almost as new as the 3D LED system in Toshiba’s ISE booth is the company’s 4mm LED wall (below), one of which was recently installed in the new TNT on NBA set at Turner Studio. The 33-foot display allows producers to “change the backdrop of the set seamlessly,” Bocklet says. At ISE, even up close the picture looks pretty sharp, but if you stepped back just a few feet it was crystal clear.
Toshiba 4mm LED wall looks good even up close
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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