3-D Ready or Not, Here They Come

May 3, 2008

samsung 3d

We’ve all heard of cable ready televisions and HD ready flat-panels but get ready to be assaulted err marketed with the term “3-D ready”. With Samsungs recent launch of their Series 4-450 3-D ready plasma television touted as the world’s first “3-D Ready Plasma HDTV”, you can bet this will be the first in a long line of televisions marketed as being 3-D capable.

Before anyone gets the wrong idea no you can’t un-box one of these displays, turn it on and watch standard programming in 3-D (although that can’t be that far away). 3-D capable displays require a source running application specific software paired with compatible 3-D glasses to deliver a true 3-D effect.

So in essence 3-D ready means the certified display meets the minimal requirements necessary for displaying 3-D images, but doesn’t necessarily deliver anything above and beyond an ordinary display with standard (non 3-D) media. Once again and maybe I’m missing the train (again) but I’m just not interested in 3-D at least not for movies and television.

I avoid 3-D movies and always have, however I did see Beowulf in 3-D just to be able to be keep up to date on the subject. Even with all of the improvements over traditional 3-D I saw with Beowulf, I still didn’t find the experience enjoyable. But, I do look forward to eating those words should the technology eclipse the tell-tale uncomfortable glasses and headache inducing gimmicky effects, I’m not holding my breath though.



Posted by Philip Stamps | | Filed Under 3D Display Technology


Comments

  • RT

    Wow I am surprised to hear you do not dig 3D movies. Have you seen Polar Express or any of the other big ones in IMAX 3D? Simple incredible. I cannot wait to the day I can watch 3D at home. And I think sports will be cool with an extra dimension added if they can ever broadcast live 3d. I don’t want things to jump out at my face like in the movies, but for sports they could probably add a very cool sense of you-are-there depth making it look like you are watching from the seats. Thanks for the update.

  • RT

    Wow I am surprised to hear you do not dig 3D movies. Have you seen Polar Express or any of the other big ones in IMAX 3D? Simple incredible. I cannot wait to the day I can watch 3D at home. And I think sports will be cool with an extra dimension added if they can ever broadcast live 3d. I don’t want things to jump out at my face like in the movies, but for sports they could probably add a very cool sense of you-are-there depth making it look like you are watching from the seats. Thanks for the update.

  • David Celestin

    I agree and disagree. While the 3-D images on Beowulf did in fact make me a little dizzy and gave me a slight headache, I still would’ve watched it those four times! I loved the effect of the characters jumping off the screen, and being able to SEE all the indentations and overall nastiness of Grendel’s head. I LOVED IT, and I can’t wait till they make more like it, so bring on the headaches!

  • David Celestin

    I agree and disagree. While the 3-D images on Beowulf did in fact make me a little dizzy and gave me a slight headache, I still would’ve watched it those four times! I loved the effect of the characters jumping off the screen, and being able to SEE all the indentations and overall nastiness of Grendel’s head. I LOVED IT, and I can’t wait till they make more like it, so bring on the headaches!