Panasonic and XPAND 3D announce new M-3DI 3D glasses standard

Both Panasonic and XPAND 3D announced earlier today that they have created a new standard for 3D active-shutter based glasses, with the aim of creating a universal standard that can be used across 3D TV’s, computers, home projectors, and Cinema projection.

A number of big 3D related companies have already put their support behind the M-3DI standard, including Mitsubishi, Hitachi, ViewSonic, Seiko Epson Corp and many others. This could well be the first step in what is likely to be a long journey for the companies aimed at creating an easy to use 3D glasses standard for both consumers and electronic companies.

According to the press release, the licensing for M-3DI will begin next moth and provide, what they call a communication protocol between 3D active-shutter eyewear and 3D based TV’s, projectors, computers and Cinema systems that are XPAND compatible.

A big issue in the 3D consumer world right now is 3D eyewear, not only are they overly expensive in some cases, active-shutter based 3D glasses from manufacturers such as Sony, Samsung, LG and Panasonic will not work with competing companies TV’s. This means that friends can’t bring 3D active-shutter glasses to a friends house if they have a different 3D TV than their own.

Maria Costeira, Chief Executive Officer for XPAND 3D said “M-3DI eliminates confusion, provides a strong, uniform performance standard and ensures that manufacturers can concentrate on innovation and consumers can count on interoperability. Now, with M-3DI glasses, consumers can enjoy the most advanced, immersive 3D experience in XPAND 3D cinemas, on the laptop or in the workplace or school! We are pleased to join the other participants in M-3DI to ensure that the amazing potential of 3D is achieved in every imaginable 3D application.”

A move to a universal standard could help to accelerate 3D uptake in the home, especially now that XPAND 3D has been praised for the high quality of their 3D glasses that they recently released, while Panasonic’s 3D TV’s have long been considered among the best in terms of quality and the lack of crosstalk/ghosting shown on screen.

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Or just do what LG is doing and go with the passive glasses. Sure, the image is a bit softer with polarized lenses, but it's a hell of a lot cheaper.

no-sweat said,
Or just focus on glasses-free 3D.

It's not ready for consumer use, yet. Very very limited viewing angles and lower resolution picture than even passive glasses.

no-sweat said,
Or just focus on glasses-free 3D.

As said here already - you are looking at up to 3 years away for that to happen and the can't just stand around waiting for it.

Glasses won't last more than 5 years until glasses-free tech is cheaper. Likewise, glasses will surely become cheap enough that there will be some wide adoption. IMO, kinda surprised these companies aren't already working off of a 3d glasses standard.

axebox said,
Glasses won't last more than 5 years until glasses-free tech is cheaper. Likewise, glasses will surely become cheap enough that there will be some wide adoption. IMO, kinda surprised these companies aren't already working off of a 3d glasses standard.

Yeah they should have been. Though it's not pricing that is keeping glasses free 3D away from us, its simply it isn't anywhere near good enough for front rooms yet due to poor viewing angles etc

""Both Panasonic and XPAND 3D announced earlier today""

How about adding a link on the word 'announced' that points to the source? http://bit.ly/hBn1fq
Another place could be 'press release' in 3rd paragraph.

Sorry, I just like when sources are cited.

Ecxellent news... but I wonder if that will stop a few from buying this year and wait for this standard?

Rhialto said,
""Both Panasonic and XPAND 3D announced earlier today""

How about adding a link on the word 'announced' that points to the source? http://bit.ly/hBn1fq
Another place could be 'press release' in 3rd paragraph.

Sorry, I just like when sources are cited.

Ecxellent news... but I wonder if that will stop a few from buying this year and wait for this standard?

Done - should have been there in the first place!

Why can't they use the same technology as in the 3D theater? It use only passive 3D glasses but its 3D picture is much better than the active 3D glasses on the 3D TV.

Kasteo said,
Why can't they use the same technology as in the 3D theater? It use only passive 3D glasses but its 3D picture is much better than the active 3D glasses on the 3D TV.

in terms of resolution, active shutter glasses are better.

dotf said,

In terms of generating a nauseating flickering, they are also better.


It only affects some people, not at all. I'm all for passive glasses simply because of the cost of the active shutter units.

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