Glasses-free 3D 4k TV appears on Kickstarter, but will it actually sell?

 

Dimenco has launched a Kickstarter campaign hoping to produce one of the first ever 4k glasses-free 3D TVs. The Dutch company is asking for a Є199,000 investment to fuel the project, hoping to get the product on the market for Є899 ($1,244) later this year.

The television itself has a native resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, however, is only capable of playing 1080p when in 2D mode. When watching in 3D you have access to the full resolution, however, if a 3D 4K input is available, remains unknown. The screen features a 150 ° ultra wide viewing angle for “good 3D from any angle or distance”, and is complimented with a typical 6.5ms response time. Dimenco has only stated that the television comes in a 39” image size, however we suspect more sizes will be available in the future.

We have shown the feasibility of glasses-free 3D LCDs in various professional applications, but our dream to make this technology available for everybody at an affordable price can now be realized. Recent projects we have realized form the basis of the project we are starting now.​

Although in prototype form, the glasses-free aspect is fully working, due to their past experience with the technology. However, sound outputs and other standard features including user interfaces are yet to be implemented. Once this initial stage is over, the company plans on setting up a production line in China, aiming to have the televisions in our stores by autumn.

Numerous other companies have stated their plans for producing glasses-free products. Toshiba revealed their 4K glasses-free model back in 2011, which is yet to hit the consumer market. Other technologies such as Ultra-D promised to allow 3D viewing with ordinary glasses but again, have failed to take the market with any sizeable slice of the marketshare pie.

The Kickstarter campaign can be found here.

Source: Dimenco via CNet | Video via Kickstarter

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Tony. said,
When will this 3D hype end?

When people stop buying into it; then TV manufacturers will move onto the next fad (curved TVs, anyone?)

As for this particular Kickstarter campaign--you know it's gonna come from the big TV makers one way or another, so why would anyone want to participate in crowdfunding *this*?

The biggest problem is finding people who like 3D lol

most 3d movies are filmed in 2d, and then have the 3d 'effect' added on later

39" 1080p.. Well that's a waste, because at normal viewing distance you need a Minimum of 42" to even see the difference between 1080p and 720p.. and that's under optimal conditions.

39" gives them the possibility to offer their product for an amazing price, affordable to most consumers. 50" 4K glasses-free displays are currently still to expensive for the average consumer (6000-7000$)

"The television itself has a native resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, however, is only capable of playing 1080p when in 2D mode. When watching in 3D you have access to the full resolution"

This is not correct. It can display a 4K image in 2D mode, but in 3D mode it splits the extra pixels off to make the stereo image, so it is the exact opposite of what is started in the article.

@sphbecker

Thanks your reply :)
According to my source and the Kickstarter site, the 2D mode plays in 1080p.

Apologies if i have added to the confusion,

Tobias

The 2D mode plays in 4k but because of the special lens, the perceived resolution for both 2D & 3D is only 2k... which is not really a problem because the screen is 39" big and the benefits of 4k only becomes noticeable at around 47" and bigger.

IMO 3D without Glasses sucks. A lot of times you end up seeing a double image and it isn't very sharp. I am not really a fan of 3D with glasses either, but at least that approach creates a respectable illusion.

The lenticular overlay on top of the LCD distorts the underlying image to some extent. This is especially visible with high-frequency transitions (e.g. sharp edges or small text), for normal video it is not very visible. As a result the perceived resolution (or sharpness) of the original 4K screen is at least as good as Full HD in both the 2D and 3D mode.
In case of using the TV as e.g. a computer monitor, small text (< 14 point) will be hard to read in the 2D mode, but the TV can also be set to a Full HD 2D mode in which this phenomenon is not present.

warwagon said,
The guy in the screen shot on the left looks like Keanu Reeves.. Whoa!

Could easily be his cousin or something, haha.