Here’s some advice. Take the next five years to really get the most out of your binocular vision. Climb a tree. Play baseball. Do that thing where you put your hand in front of your face and wink back and forth for awhile. Trust me, you’ll miss it when it’s gone.
According to the Taiwanese Industrial Technology Research Institute, glasses-free 3DTV will be the hip new tech by 2015, and this week they demonstrated a 45-inch model showcasing the technology. It wasn’t exactly ready for primetime, but impressed nonetheless. Apparently, they can go as big as 65 inches.
Stephen Jeng, director of 3D systems & applications at ITRI cited that the tech, which employs a parallax barrier, would be used in things like photo frames and advertisements before making the jump to television, but agreed that glasses free has to be the future of 3DTV. It’s certainly the only way 3D’s gonna get into my living room – I wouldn’t pay 200 bucks for the glasses that keep me from being blind, let alone ones that allow me to watch Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs ‘the way it was meant to be seen’. Frankly, I wasn’t aware it was meant to be seen. But I digress.
Jeng revealed that one of the main issues that needed to be overcome to have glasses-free 3D available for public consumption was eye safety; I tend to agree. I hate to bring up the Virtual Boy again, as I often do, but remember the warnings plastered all over that thing? That was more or less glasses-free 3D, as well, and posed a great danger to the binocular vision of children, who, if I’m not mistaken, are the target audience of, like, eight out of ten 3D films. Then again, the Virtual Boy also basically shot lasers into your eyes. Maybe Jeng’s got nothing to worry about.