Advanced Television

Samsung: ‘No glasses-free 3D for 10 years’

March 28, 2011

By Colin Mann

Korean CE manufacturer Samsung has admitted that production and commercialisation of glasses-free 3D TV is unlikely to occur in the next 10 years.

Although Samsung unveiled a 55-inch glasses-free 3DTV prototype in mid-March and even said it was possible to see such a product on store shelves in about three years, the company is now backtracking on that claim.

“Considering our current technology, Samsung can make glasses-free 3DTV at the R&D level. However, it can only be viewed from a few viewing spots. To make naturally viewed glasses-free 3D TV, for instance in a living room where several people can watch TV from various angles, the technology needs to deliver 3D to at least 32 viewing spots,” the company said in a statement.

“We believe that creating a prototype for lab-grade glasses-free 3D TV, broadcasting system and display will take about five years. For mass commercialisation to become possible, manufacturing costs must come down and TV broadcasters will have to upgrade infrastructure, which includes securing transmission bandwidth. Attempts to put glasses-free 3D TV to market within the next 10 years will be difficult.”

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