Samsung Promotes Active 3D Glasses

With several manufacturers showing new 3DTV sets using passive rather than active glasses, Samsung took pains to point out the pros and cons of each device. Naturally, since Samsung does active glasses only at present, the pros outweighed the cons for the active glasses. Note some surprising items on the passive glasses list in the photo. The higher power consumption comes from the need for higher peak output to overcome the inherent loss of brightness with passive glasses due to the special patterned retarder filter that's used on the screen. And Samsung actually demonstrated the off-axis issues in a passive glasses set during a closed demonstration for the press. As always, however, the proof is in the reviewing and we're anxious to check out the new passive glasses sets for ourselves and come to our own conclusions.

Samsung also showed new, redesigned active glasses for its new 2011 3D sets. They are extremely light and comfortable, even when worn over regular glasses. Unfortunately, they cannot be used with earlier Samsung 3D sets, since the new glasses use RF for triggering their shutters. The older IR glasses can, however, be used with the 2011 sets, which will have both IR and REF emitters.