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Can 4K and Virtual Reality Save 3D TV?

Posted April 25, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

3D TV hasn't gone the way of Betamax yet. Although the industry has shifted its focus to bigger, brighter, higher resolution displays, 4K technology might actually save 3D, using the higher resolution to create an effective glasses-free experience. This article cites several developments, including a partnership between two major manufacturers and blockbuster director James Cameron, that could bring glasses-free 3D with multiple viewing angles to the silver screen, while other manufacturers focus on handheld devices. Microlens displays and tensor displays also offer promising solutions to current 3D challenges.


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04/26/2015 10:55 AM

3D imaging to tell an entertaining story is just a gimmick that more often than not gets in the way of telling the story than helps tell the story progress. There is (or was) a mild anti-theft deterrence for movie producers to make 3D movies. Copying from a screen with the wrong equipment can produce a useless copy. The image thieves just needed new equipment.

I see 3D technology as a very narrow niche market that by definition precludes broad distribution use. Where I see 3D technology having a value is simulations, gaming(?) and (going for an out of the box stretch) as a programming tool to see how multitasking routines interact.

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04/27/2015 7:18 PM

No because just like Redfred said, it's a gimmick. OK, it might be fun when you are watching the Muppets down at MGM Studios, but most information on the TV is just fine in 2D. This is a solution nobody wanted, yet some manufacturers persisted in telling the customers they wanted it. They got what they deserved. Let this be a lesson for all the IoT cheerleaders. But they will ignore it anyways.

IoT will be implemented and used where it makes sense. Those hoping to profit over a HUGE disruption of the electronic marketplace are going to be disappointed. I don't need or even want my refrigerator to place an order for more milk from Amazon.

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