Toshiba recently unveiled two new 3D TVs which project a 3D image without the use of special glasses. The two new 3D TVs are the Regza GL1 series, Regza 20GL1 and Regza 12GL1 were unveiled at the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (Ceatec) 2010 in Tokyo.
Regza 20GL1, a 20-inch flat-panel display with 1,280×720 resolution and Regza 12GL1, a 12-inch flat-panel display with 466×350 resolution, uses autostereoscopic 3D technology which include a filter on top of the TV that projects the 3D image to the viewer.
Both models will be available exclusively in Japan by the end of the year. A laptop and 56-inch display are also in the works.
As the 3D Display market, including TVs, Blu-ray players, hand-held games and cell phones, seeks market traction in the coming years, will 3D be a standard feature on all future TVs? In 2013, according to ABI Research, market growth will start to accelerate, and shipments of 3D TV sets will approach 50 million in 2015.
Toshiba is working on eyewear-free 3D TV models set to debut later this year. Toshiba’s 3D TV would allow viewers to sit in multiple places but still see the images in 3D. At CEDEC 2010, Toshiba presented a naked-eye 3D display using integral imaging, which enables 3D images to be seen from 9 distinct viewing angles without requiring 3D glasses.
The conventional frame sequential method, which requires 3D glasses, utilizes the parallax between two images for the left and right eyes. By contrast, integral imaging can reproduce 3D images even without special glasses, by producing lots of rays of light projected at different angles. Due to the multiple parallax, the picture seen changes as the user’s viewpoint moves. A feature of this system is that it causes very little eye fatigue, even if used for a long time.