Without doubt, viewing 3D content without having to wear those annoying glasses is the dream. So far however glasses-free displays have been limited to smaller screens and the need for viewers to stand in a particular sweet spot.
To compliment the 3D streaming service it announced earlier this week, Samsung has displayed a 55in panel at FPD in China which has nine sweet spots and an optimum viewing distance between 2.5m and 6m. The LCD TV also allows users to switch between 3D and 2D modes. The TV is comprised of two LCD panels with the first acting as a lens and showing different images to the left and right eye to produce the 3D effect without glasses. The second LCD panel on top can have the optical refraction index changed depending on whether or not you want the 3D effect or not.
The LCD panel has a pixel count of 1920x1080, brightness of 500cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 4000:1. It uses a direct-lit CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent lamp) backlight unit but Samsung has said it could “replace it with an LED backlight unit." However if you are looking to hang this little beauty on our wall any time soon, you may be disappointed as Samsung has said this model is just a prototype and may not be coming to our living rooms for three years. “We have not decided it yet, but it will take about three years to commercialise it."
While it may be three years away, it is good to see that manufacturers are looking to bring larger 3D displays to us and with more sweet spots than before. Can you see this TV hanging on your wall in three years time?