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Toshiba unveils glasses-free 3D TV

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 03 Sep 2011 20:02 User comments (12)

Toshiba unveils glasses-free 3D TV Quad Full HD display delivers striking 3D images.
Toshiba used the IFA trade fair in Berlin to demo its new 55-inch ZL2, featuring its very latest in imaging technology. The ZL2 removes the need for 3D glasses for viewers, who can experience the effect from 9 different positions in front of the TV.

Other features of the ZL2 include face tracking, Resolution+, Auto Calibration, 2D to 3D conversion, and Smart TV features including Toshiba Places. The ZL2 is the world’s first TV targeted at consumers to include a Quad Full HD display, offering up to 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution. This enables the ZL2 to offer a 3D viewing experience that can be enjoyed by multiple viewers and can display 2D content in four times (Quad) Full HD resolution.

The glasses-free 3D technology is based on the stereoscopic principle of simultaneously delivering a picture for the left eye, and another one with a small offset (parallax), for the right eye to achieve the 3D effect. To deliver a glasses-free 3D image and experience, a range of lenticular lenslets guide the dedicated images to each viewer.


Toshiba ZL2 Information
  • 139.7cm (55-inch) Glasses-Free 3D TV
  • Quad Full HD (3840 x 2160) resolution display
  • Face tracking technology via integrated camera
  • 2D to 3D conversion with depth control
  • Built in Wi-Fi, DLNA® and Windows 7 compatibility
  • Freeview HD ready tuner
  • Resolution+ and 3D Resolution+
  • Toshiba Places
  • YouTube, BBC iPlayer
  • Personal TV
  • Remote control operation via iPhone
  • AutoView ambient light sensor
  • Built-in subwoofer
  • USB HDD Video Recording
  • Auto Calibration
  • 4x HDMI, 2x USB
  • REGZA-LINK (HDMI CEC)

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12 user comments

13.9.2011 20:29
boss man
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damn that's pretty cool!!!
how much is this TV?

23.9.2011 21:02

I guessing $20,000+ Turns out I was a bit off, but not by much; according to the source below Toshiba will be selling the 55" in Germany by December for about 8000 EUR.

link

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33.9.2011 22:48

I was expecting around $10,000

44.9.2011 0:50

Can't wait!!! (sent from my phone.)

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54.9.2011 1:15

Originally posted by Mysttic:
I guessing $20,000+
Originally posted by HxCMANIAC:
I was expecting around $10,000
I bid 10,001!

It is about time we saw this (pardon the pun). I guess they are running out of people who are dumb enough to pay for a new overpriced TV and the glasses when they can't even watch a short movie without stopping twice to prevent eyestrain.




64.9.2011 9:09

cool stuff

74.9.2011 14:03

Quote:
It is about time we saw this (pardon the pun). I guess they are running out of people who are dumb enough to pay for a new overpriced TV and the glasses when they can't even watch a short movie without stopping twice to prevent eyestrain.
My worry is that the 3D aspect of this TV will cause similar eyestrain to that of the 3DS. If that is the case, I wont be able to enjoy the aspect of glasses free 3D. Still you are right, better than glasses.

84.9.2011 14:05

Yeah we see how well the 3DS is working out...


Just my $0.02,

dEwMe

94.9.2011 15:04

Looks more like an unveiling of a bunch of photoshopped promo images.

104.9.2011 20:15

To be fair its really hard to capture 3D image on a 2D camera to show the world lol. But this is the best pic I could find so far:




Here is also a copy of Toshiba's press release PDF: so enjoy.

http://www.realwire.com/fbank/Toshiba_Z...se_01_09_11.pdf

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115.9.2011 18:49

This looks freaking sweet, though I will bet the US version strips out the recording feature, or records in 480i.

128.9.2011 4:26

Originally posted by dEwMe:
Yeah we see how well the 3DS is working out...

1.) It costs more than a PSP, or even a 360.
2.) You have to hold it in a specific spot relative to your eyes to get 3D.
3.) It has motion controls that require you to move the system (and presumably your head as well if you don't want 3D to kick out).


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