First impression: Toshiba 4K Glasses-free 3DTV

Toshiba is launching their brand new line-up of 3DTV's that don't require the user to wear glasses. Almost every TV maker this year is pushing 3D to consumers this year, but all require the consumer to wear special glasses in order to see the effects.

Toshiba has come up with a solution for this problem, the first big-screen 3DTV that doesn't require special glasses. Toshiba showed off a 56" and 65" 3DTV. Neowin took a tour of the booth today, getting a first hand look at the line-up of televisions.

The 4K prototype LCD 3DTV's have three viewing angles. Yes, you heard that right. The 4K 3DTV only works properly from three viewing angles, which is probably why it's still a prototype. I will admit, the glasses-free 3D really does work, but only at the proper height and if you're looking directly at it.

Toshiba is well aware the 3D only works at three viewing angles, why they had pieces of tape on the floor to stand on, so you can view the 3D properly. As the 3D did work, it required me to stand directly in the center of it, but even then, the bottom, sides and sometimes during motion, there was too much blur to make out details.

One of the demonstration videos was a short cut-scene from Final Fantasy XIII, which actually looked impressive. However, the Xbox 360 version looked a lot clearer on my Sony BRAVIA HDTV (2D) display at home. Toshiba hasn't announced any availability date or prices for the glasses-free 3DTV.

Toshiba isn't just putting this technology into large TV's, but instead it had a whole line of products including photo frames, smaller TV's, and laptop computers.

Because of the 3D and dark lighting, images and video is very limited.

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i fully believe this uncontrollable push for 3d movies is the mpaa and major movie production companies doing what they can to combat piracy. after all, its kinda hard to video cam a 3d flick right. i know most movies are released in both 3d and 2d at this point but it wont be long before they are all released in 3d. this is not a fad its a piracy deterant. and unfortunately not much we will be able to do to stop it.

RightfulSpire said,
i fully believe this uncontrollable push for 3d movies is the mpaa and major movie production companies doing what they can to combat piracy. after all, its kinda hard to video cam a 3d flick right. i know most movies are released in both 3d and 2d at this point but it wont be long before they are all released in 3d. this is not a fad its a piracy deterant. and unfortunately not much we will be able to do to stop it.

except you're wrong, put a a set of active or passive glasses in front of the camera and you have a 2D cam copy of it. use two cameras and you can recreate the 3D.

not that anyone really watch crappy cam copies anyway.

Oh dear. Hopefully they'll have a eureka moment, one day, and will think of how to do a glasses-free 3DTV that works how you expect it to. Until then, solutions like this are a bit ridiculous.

Meph said,
Oh dear. Hopefully they'll have a eureka moment, one day, and will think of how to do a glasses-free 3DTV that works how you expect it to. Until then, solutions like this are a bit ridiculous.

Microsoft is working on it, auto adjusting glasses free 3d tv for up to 3 people on their prototype, more people supported in future higher refresh models

Meph said,
Oh dear. Hopefully they'll have a eureka moment, one day, and will think of how to do a glasses-free 3DTV that works how you expect it to. Until then, solutions like this are a bit ridiculous.

Perhaps we could wear the 3D glasses as contact lenses?

3D at the cinema is a gimic and doesn't do that much for me. Where are all the blue and red glasses and movies that actually came out at you like the ones at Imax?
For TV i wouldn't waste a penny on buying something so expensive which probably be out dated quickly and unused. I mean there aren't any 3D channels or movies really so it's pointless

Richio said,
3D at the cinema is a gimic and doesn't do that much for me. Where are all the blue and red glasses and movies that actually came out at you like the ones at Imax?
For TV i wouldn't waste a penny on buying something so expensive which probably be out dated quickly and unused. I mean there aren't any 3D channels or movies really so it's pointless

I don't know where you live but my cable company is getting ready to launch a lineup of 3d channels. Yes, there are many 3d movies out now and many more to come.

all 3d systems require you to be in very specific positions ... in fact if you go to the cinema and dont get a seat near the centre of the cinema towards the back, just buy a ticket for the next session. Stereoscopic films are designed for the viewer to be a certain distance from the screen and at a particular angle ... its all to do with the size of the screen, glasses or not.

But yeah, they are definitely pushing 3D way to hard ... every movie does not have to be in 3D and please god please, i hope they dont start making tv shows in 3D ...

still1 said,
I thought this technology was already released by sony.... glass less 3D...
whats so special about this?

Well to start with, it's a 4K display.

Kreuger said,
And what exactly is 4K? Meaning 4000? 4000 of what?

4000 horizontal lines of resolution.. where as 720p and 1080p describe vertical lines.. By doing that it makes it sound that much better, although if you look at the different kinds of 4K and used the same kind of labeling as 720p and 1080p, it'd be called anywhere from 1714p to 3112p.

itsthenewDC said,

4000 horizontal lines of resolution.. where as 720p and 1080p describe vertical lines.. By doing that it makes it sound that much better, although if you look at the different kinds of 4K and used the same kind of labeling as 720p and 1080p, it'd be called anywhere from 1714p to 3112p.

It is still impressively larger.

Little by little, things are getting amazing. I just want to see which is the viewing angle from the Nintendo 3DS.

Trueblue711 said,
It's a step in the right direction.

Exactly what the article said. you have to take a step in the right direction. If not, you won't be able to see the 3D.