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GLASSES-FREE TV SET DEBUTS IN JAPAN — BUT IT’S ONLY 20 INCHES

December 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The world’s first commercial glasses-free 3D television sets are due to go on sale in Japan today (Wednesday, Japanese time). Manufacturer Toshiba said it expects to go global with the sets following the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Masaaki Osumi, head of Toshiba’s TV operations, said that the company is focusing its development efforts on the glasses-free technology, although Toshiba will continue to produce conventional 3D TV sets. “Nobody thinks that we will be wearing glasses forever to watch 3-D TV,” Osumi said told the newspaper. “It will have to become stress-free, without the hassle of putting on glasses every time. That’s the way it should be.” Competitors are skeptical, however, pointing out that Toshiba’s first models feature a 20-inch screen and that viewers must sit directly in front of it in order to experience a 3D effect. Ichiro Michikoshi, an analyst at Tokyo-based market research firm BCN, told the Journal that Toshiba’s new models may have “set the direction for 3D’s future, but it will take a while.”