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Panasonic’s New TY-EW3D3 Active Shutter Glasses For 3D HDTVs

August 3rd, 2011 · 5 Comments · General 3D News

Last year, when the first HDMI 1.4-capable 3D HDTVs from Panasonic started appearing on the market, the Japanese company did not have the best active shutter glasses available, but they are constantly improving on that. The second generation of active shutter glasses brought some of the needed improvements and now we are about to see the third generation of Panasonic active shutter glasses for their 3D HDTVs, namely the TY-EW3D3 series, expected to be available this September. The new glasses should be available in three sizes (small, medium and large) with a different product name for each, respectively TY-EW3D3SW, TY-EW3D3MW and TY-EW3D3LW (S, M and L). The small and medium models have a weight of just 26 grams and the medium will be one gram more at 27 grams, so you can expect these do be very lightweight. The glasses come with a built-in rechargeable battery that should provide you with up to 25 hours of continuous use with a full charge that is taking approximately 30 minutes, and there is a quick charge functionality built-in that can be quite handy. With just a two minute quick charge you can get up to 3 hours of use, so you can easily watch a whole movie in 3D even if you forgot to charge your glasses and they got discharged.

But the most interesting new feature built into the new TY-EW3D3 shutter glasses from Panasonic is the 2D mode that allows you to switch the glasses into a special mode showing you the 2D version of a 3D movie being played on the 3D HDTV. This is done by activating both shutters of the glasses to show you only the frame intended for the left eye, so that you see only the left eye image in both your eyes and the result is that you get to watch the movie in 2D. I’ve already demonstrated how this is possible with a pair of Nvidia 3D Vision shutter glasses a while ago and that it actually works quite well, but then again this solution also opens other possibilities like screen sharing in 2D mode for example.

The new active shutter glasses should also offer a 10% better improvement in terms of image brightness, meaning that the lenses of the glasses will block less light as compared to the previous models. It is interesting to note that the new Panasonic active shutter glasses are the first using the new M-3DI standard announced by the company not too long ago, so in theory they may be able to work with other non-Panasonic 3D hardware if any other company produces compatible devices with this new standard.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 artox // Aug 4, 2011 at 10:45

    Great news, especially about recharchability and brightness. What about the price?
    Also I do hope they are available in Bulgaria and can be tested, I’d hate to have to order online only to find out I’ve ordered a S when I shoul’ve taken a M.

  • 2 Bloody // Aug 4, 2011 at 13:45

    The price should be about 10 thousand Japanese yens or something like 90 Euro for Europe, or around $130 USD.

  • 3 artox // Nov 8, 2011 at 18:53

    Just checked and the VT20 series isn’t listed among the compatibility models for these glasses. Any chance they would work?

  • 4 3Deep // Nov 12, 2011 at 05:16

    M-3DI standard for glasses….great news…
    It’s bad enough that one has to wear these goggles , but at least we might not have to worry about having incompatible models or have to purchase multiple brands for computer gaming, TV watching etc.

  • 5 artox // Dec 20, 2011 at 18:16

    Ok, just got the glasses and I can say they are indeed very light, even a little too much so, I feel as if I can break them easily. They do however really allow more light to pass through and this is noticeable. Also the 30 min full charge is great, I don’t know why some reviewers recommend a more prolonged charging when the charging light goes off by itself after 30 minutes. Anyway, I would recommend the glasses for a more comfortable experience, but you have to bear in mind that the lenses are smaller than 1st generation and the manufacturing feels a bit on the cheap side.

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