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Toshiba to launch 'world's first' glasses-free 3D TV

by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2010
Japanese electronics giant Toshiba on Monday said it will launch the first liquid crystal display 3D television that does not require users to wear special glasses.

Toshiba will offer 20-inch and 12-inch Regza GL1 Series sets in Japan from the end of December, the company said.

The 12-inch model is expected to sell for about 120,000 yen (1,400 dollars) and the 20-inch model will carry a price tag of 240,000 yen, Dow Jones Newswires reported.

Current 3D-capable televisions require viewers to wear glasses that act as filters to separate images to each eye to create the illusion of depth.

Makers have turned to 3D sets in a bid to boost demand for new TVs and halt a slide in prices, but the key challenge has been how to enable groups of viewers to all see 3D from different angles at the same time without glasses.

Toshiba's screens use processing technology to create depth-filled images from any angle.

The company added that it planned to offer larger screen models that use glasses as well as smaller personal screens.

Rival Sharp earlier this year unveiled a small glasses-free LCD touchscreen that shows 3D images for use in mobile phones, digital cameras and games consoles such as Nintendo's 3DS, to be released in Japan in February 2011.

earlier related report
Facebook now second-largest online video viewing platform
Washington (AFP) Oct 1, 2010 - Facebook became the second-largest online video viewing platform in the United States in August, leap-frogging Yahoo! but still trailing far behind YouTube, digital tracking firm comScore said.

ComScore said a total of 178 million US Internet users watched online video in August for an average of 14.3 hours per viewer.

Google sites, primarily YouTube, attracted 146.3 million unique viewers in the United States in August, Facebook 58.6 million unique viewers and Yahoo! 53.9 million unique viewers, comScore said.

Google sites saw 1.9 billion video viewing sessions in August followed by Facebook's 243 million and Yahoo!'s 229 million, it said.

The number of videos viewed at Facebook has been climbing steadily. In July, Facebook attracted 46.6 million unique viewers and Yahoo! 55 million.

Facebook viewers watched around 20 minutes of video on the social network in August, comScore said, while Google sites served up 4.5 hours of video per visitor.




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Luxottica to launch world's first 3D glasses
Milan (AFP) Sept 15, 2010
Italian eyewear giant Luxottica said on Wednesday it would launch the world's first range of glasses for watching 3D films with prescription lenses through its US brand Oakley later this year. Oakley "has achieved unparalleled visual clarity while extending the wearer's peripheral viewing angle and providing a truer alignment of 3D images," Luxottica said in a statement. Luxottica said i ... read more

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