It's time for the return of 3DTV without the specs. And this time it really works
By Jamie Carter
We thought CES had forgotten all about 3D. Barely mentioned on any of the big manufacturers' stands in Las Vegas, it seems to have become the forgotten feature – until Philips brought it firmly back into the fray with its latest-gen glasses-free 3DTV.
Although it's experimented with auto-stereoscopic TVs before, this is the first generation of the concept using an Ultra HD panel – and, boy, does it make a difference.
There are plenty of 3D skeptics out there, but the exhibitors at this year's Consumer Electronics Show seem invested in the format's future and offered new products that push 3D technology further into the mainstream.
Perhaps the most eye-catching of these new products is the NX300 camera from Samsung. With a special 3D lens, the camera can shoot photographs and movies in HD 3D.
Might 2013 be the year of glassless 3D TVs? It's looking that way.
Television makers and the entertainment industry as a whole has been trying to cram 3D viewing down our collective throats (or eye sockets, as it were -- apologies for the unpleasant visuals), but having to don a pair of sometimes goofy looking goggles hasn't proven popular. The other problem with 3D TVs is that they're often limited to strict viewing angles. Sit just a little bit off axis and the 3D effect goes out the window. It doesn't have to be that way, as Dolby demonstrated at its booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Yep, THAT Dolby, the one that's known for sound.