3D TV set to become reality
by Paul Taylor and Chris Nuttall
After years of experimentation, false starts and broken promises, the dream of high-quality, low-cost 3D TV, or ‘stereoscopic’ television, may finally be about to become a reality in Las Vegas where more than 100,000 technology enthusiasts have gathered for the annual Consumer Electronics Show.
The Consumer Electronics Association’s annual techfest has been the launch platform for many of the industry’s most popular product categories, including portable MP3 players, digital cameras and high-definition flat screen displays.
But much of the buzz around this year’s show is about a technology that has been in development for decades: 3D TV.
“3D in the home is far and away one of the biggest stories at CES this year,” says Shawn DuBravac, research director and chief economist for the Washington-based CEA. “We have been talking about 3D at CES for many years, but this year we are taking the next step?.?.?.?we are seeing products that are ready for market, real products with real prices and release dates.”
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