Toshiba working on glasses-free 3D TVs

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Glasses-free 3D TVs have been a long time coming, but they still haven't come out yet. That might change if Toshiba has anything to say about it. According to CrunchGear, Toshiba might release 3D TV models that don't require glasses by the end of the year.

Based on reports from Japan, the TVs won't be HD, and won't be larger than 21 inches. Still, they're a start, and present a significant advance from the much smaller glasses-free screens currently on the market. Glasses-free 3D displays are available on Fujifilm's 3D digital cameras, and will be used in Nintendo's upcoming 3DS handheld. However, besides Toshiba's current endeavors, most 3D TV manufacturers are focusing on the standard glasses-based screens.

Even if the screens come out in Japan by the end of the year, they might not ever see release in the United States. Since conventional 3D TVs have yet to gain much traction, there is little interest in adopting even newer technology to show 3D video.

Will Greenwald

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