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The Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative Gets Wider Industry Support

August 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment · General 3D News

Earlier this month I’ve written about the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative that has been started by four of the key players in the consumer electronics 3D devices market, namely Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Sony Corporation and X6D Limited (XPAND 3D). Their intent to collaborate on the development of a new technology standard for consumer 3D active glasses called “Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative” was something interesting happening on the 3D market, however these four companies weren’t enough to have it an industry wide standard. However with the announcement of more companies joining the effort so soon things are starting to look much better. Today it was officially announced that Royal Philips Electronics, Sharp Corporation, TCL Corporation and Toshiba Corporation have expressed support for the activities of the “Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative”, so now only a few of the important players on the market remain to join in.

The intent of the companies supporting the initiative is to work together on the development and licensing of a Bluetooth enabled radio frequency (RF) system 3D active shutter glasses technology, including RF system protocols between consumer 3D active shutter glasses and 3D displays such as televisions, personal computers and projectors, as well as 3D theaters with XPAND active shutter glasses. The standardization will also include several types of infrared (IR) system protocols between 3D active shutter glasses and 3D displays, ranging from the protocols jointly developed by Panasonic and XPAND 3D to the proprietary protocols of Samsung and Sony to ensure backwards compatibility.

In late September 2011, the license program for the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative is targeted to commence. With this, manufacturers of 3D displays, 3D synchronization emitters, 3D active shutter glasses or Bluetooth chip devices for such products can receive a license to begin developing and manufacturing products employing the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative technology. Further, in late 2011, the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative plans to begin officially certifying products manufactured under the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative license. Upon a product’s certification, the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative will allow the usage of a distinct logo, which will provide consumers an easy way to recognize interoperability among 3D active shutter products, such as 3D TVs and 3D glasses that each bear the logo.

So maybe as early as next year we are going to be able to use one pair of active shutter glasses with multiple 3D devices we have at home, instead of having different pairs of glasses for each device. But will this also apply to 3D monitors for computers as not everyone from that market is yet supporting this initiative, we’ll have to wait and see if this industry wide effort is going to be successful and widely accepted by everyone or not. The licensing fee for the different kind of products is $10,000 USD annually for each type of product plus $1 USD for each unit of glasses produced, as well as $1 USD for each unit of external emitter. And while this may not be such of an issue for most companies, some might still consider that the extra royalties connected with the standard are not worth it…

If you are interested in learning more about the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative…

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Universal Bluetooth 3D Active Shutter Glasses Are Coming in 2012

August 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment · General 3D News

If you thought that in 2012 everyone will ditch the 3D glasses and go for glasses-free 3D products, than you were a bit too optimistic about the development of sterescopic 3D technology. Although autostereoscopic 3D technology is developing it will take at least a few years before it can compete in terms of price and features to what the glasses-based 3D products already offer. But that does not mean that the active 3D and passive 3D solutions that are already widely available, they too have some disadvantages, besides the fact that you need to wear glasses. And if we focus on the active 3D solutions, one of the most annoying things at the moment is the fact that there is no universal standard to make all glasses compatible with different hardware and pretty much everyone is making their own glasses that work only with their own 3D products. Another thing about the active 3D glasses is the fact that most of them rely on infrared signals for synchronization with the 3D HDTV or a 3D monitor. This means you need direct line of sight between the glasses and the IR emitter, the operating range is more limited, and you may get interferences in the signal from other infrared devices like from some remote control for a device for example…

Quite some time has passed and although there were a few tries to standardize the active shutter glasses for 3D products, so far we have been nowhere near achieving that important goal. The solution was for some third party manufacturers to make universal active shutter glasses that are compatible with multiple products, but that simply requires you to buy additional hardware. Things however maybe moving in the right direction after Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Sony Corporation and X6D Limited (XPAND 3D) have announced their intent to collaborate on the development of a new technology standard for consumer 3D active glasses called “Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative”. The first three are some of the top names in the consumer 3D product market at the moments and the fourth company is one of the makers of universal 3D glasses, so if we get a few more companies to join in and we are going to be almost there achieving the standardization of the active 3D shutter glasses.

The “Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative” is targeted to be launched in September 2011, at which time the development of new standardization-applied active 3D glasses will begin, however the first universal glasses with the new IR/RF protocols will be made available in 2012. These new active shutter glasses will be using Bluetooth RF technology as wireless radio frequency medium for communication with 3D-capable display solutions, but will also be backward compatible with 2011 3D active TVs using infrared communication. If you remember a few months ago Samsung was the first company to start offering Bluetooth-based active shutter glasses that were compatible only with some of the latest generation of Samsung’s 2011 3D TVs. Hopefully this initiative will make the life of consumers using different 3D-capable products easier, but as I’ve already mentioned this will not happen before 2012, so there is still time.

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