3D TV is on the rise


When I go home everyday after school, I rarely think about doing homework. Instead, I lay down on my couch, turn on the TV and watch a game, a program or the news until I find the urge to actually do something. After an hour or two of television one day, it finally came to me. What if television was in the third dimension (3D)?

I suppose it is possible, but I never thought anyone would attempt it. Who wants a football flying across their living room? Who wants breaking news popping out of their television? Who wants Snooki barging her way into their house? I, for one, do not.

Television sets are always changing. Every time I go to Best Buy, I see TVs with bigger screens, louder speakers and more complicated remote controls. Designers are always looking for ways to improve their products, and 3D is the next big step in this line of improvements for the television industry.

There are two types of 3D televisions, the ones that require 3D glasses and the ones that do not autostereoscopic. As of now, the TVs that require 3D glasses are more common, but as time goes by students will begin to see the more expensive autostereoscopic TVs introduced to the market.

3D television is relatively new and quite expensive to pioneer. As of eleven months ago, Samsung, LG, Toshiba, Sony and Panasonic all made plans to introduce a third dimension feature to their televisions by 2011. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned. Panasonic is the only one of those listed that has been able to come up with a 3D TV for the standard consumer’s budget.

The Viera, Panasonic’s cheapest 3D TV, is available on the market for students who would like to purchase it, but it does not come cheap. The Viera has a retail price of $2,500 and requires glasses. Panasonic also unveiled a 152 inch, 3D capable television that will go on sale within 2010 at a retail price of $576,000. Do not expect this television on the consumer market anytime soon. Other companies plan to keep improving their 3D features until it makes up fifty percent of their TV distribution.

3D TV is the beginning of a whole new era of entertainment. 3D video games will soon follow and, who knows, maybe 4D TV as well.


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