The company Bit Cauldron was kind of away from the news for a while now, after the announcement of their partnership with Monster for the Monster MAX 3D universal 3D HDTV active shutter glasses using RF technology. And now the company has just announced that Optoma has licensed their technology for use in their new 3D-RF glasses that are going to be supported by Optoma’s new projectors, including the HD83, HD33, HD300X, and GT750. I’ve already suspected this with the announcement of the Optoma HD33 projector earlier in August, but not it has been officially confirmed. These projectors from Optoma would of course also be compatible with DLP Link active shutter glasses, but using the radio based technology developed by Bit Cauldron will come with its advantages. It is still not clear however if the Optoma 3D-RF glasses will be compatible with other products other than these projectors or not, as theoretically these glasses can be used as an universal solution like Monster is doing with their product.
The thing that everyone expected to happen with Bit Cauldron at first, and more specifically the company producing special AMD-based active shutter glasses for use with products supporting AMD’s HD3D technology apparently is still not happening. Since AMD decided to leave that to other companies and not get directly involve itself with licensing the technology and glasses and shipping them under the AMD brand, their partners are apparently not that eager to back up AMD’s open stereo 3D initiative. And this is the reason why we still don’t have so many products on the market that support the AMD HD3D technology with 120Hz LCD monitors and active shutter glasses and the most people that use it are either having a 3D HDTV with HDMI 1.4 interface or have passive 3D monitor of some kind. And while AMD is still struggling to attract new partners in their open stereo 3D initiative, unlike Nvidia and their 3D Vision solution, the company recently got Samsung as a partner to have multiple compatible 3D monitors with Samsung active shutter glasses. Just a reminder that Samsung’s first 120Hz 3D LCD monitor was 3D Vision-ready (it was also pretty much the first such monitor on the market that helped the adoption of 3D Vision) and now the company is moving to the other camp, probably not willing to pay licensing fees to Nvidia and thinking that they can make 3D PC displays on their own already like they do with 3D HDTVs. But will these new SA/TA750 and SA/TA950 3D monitors from Samsung be able to do for AMD’s stereo 3D support what the first Samsung 2233RZ 3D monitor was able to do for Nvidia’s 3D Vision is yet to be seen. On the other hand Nvidia has kept going with the same 3D Vision active shutter glasses for almost three years already, so it is about time form them to also introduce something new and better in order to catch up to the quickly growing and faster developing active shutter glasses for 3D HDTVs.