Unrestricted 3D TV: 64 viewing angles, zero glasses

Recent developments in 3D display technology could render the goofy glasses a relic of the past.

Sunny Ocean's 3D TV claims no-spectacle viewing

Sunny Ocean's 3D TV claims no-spectacle viewing

Sunny Ocean Studios is announcing its contender in the glasses-free 3D television battle. While similar glasses-free 3D TVs shown at CES had flexible yet limited viewing angles (around 8 or 9 viewing angles), Sunny Ocean Studios is promising that its 3D panel will have a whopping 64 viewing angles. The company plans to demonstrate the display at next month's CeBit show in Germany.

For all the attention that 3D displays have received recently, the limitations of the technology are often swept under the rug. The majority of consumer televisions sold this year will require expensive active-shutter glasses to produce the effect.

Glasses-free 3D technology is currently being developed, but these displays are often limited to single-digit viewing angles. That means you can only watch the displays from certain angles in order to avoid seeing a blurry mess instead.

However, Sunny Ocean Studios is currently running its 64-viewing angle technology on a 27-inch monitor. They claim that the tech uses "64 individual frames for the different perspectives in each 3D image." The press release is scant when it comes to details beyond that.

We don't yet know what display resolution the technology currently supports, or if content developers will have to create those 64 individual frames (or whether the display will convert current 2D/3D signals on its own).

Here's hoping next month's CeBit will clear up these and other questions regarding this promising 3D tech. We're gradually inching closer to a 3D viewing experience that's as unrestricted as 2D viewing, and that is what will be needed to truly launch 3D into mainstream living rooms.

(Businesswire via Engadget)

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