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Samsung: Glasses-free 3D ‘not currently necessary’

Luke Johnson


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Samsung has suggested that glasses-free 3D TVs are not currently necessary, claiming consumers are still more than happy to wear extra dimensional specs.

Despite having showcased its own glasses-free 3D TV concept at CES 2014 earlier this month, Samsung has stated that although it believes more consumers would adopt 3D if there was no need to wear special glasses, at present the technology is ‘not necessary’.

“Glasses are one of the areas that consumers may feel they would rather not have with the 3D experience, but consumers do like the 3D experience in its entirety,” Dilen Thakrar, Samsung’s Senior Product Manager for TV said speaking with TrustedReviews.

He added: “Possibly glasses-free could increase interest in 3D further, but I don’t think it’s necessary today.

While removing the need for 3D glasses would make the home 3D experience more accessible to a wider audience, Thakrar has claimed that current 3D TV usage indicates the need for eyewear is not slowing the adoption of the technology.

“Maybe glasses-free is one area where 3D could increase its interest, but we are already seeing that consumers do like to watch particular programmes or events in 3D,” he said.

“You’ve also already got broadcasters out there broadcasting in 3D so we know that there are consumers out there that like the 3D experience as it currently is.”

Although having demoed the technology, Thakrar has suggested that Samsung’s glasses-free 3D TV concept will not become a consumer available product anytime soon.

He stated: “Whenever we are at a stage where we believe the glasses-free 3D technology is right for consumers, and gives an experience that they expect from Samsung, we would be ready to launch it but I couldn’t put a timeframe on that yet.”

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January 24, 2014, 8:59 pm

I find it hilarious how so many are berating 3D TV, the BBC decided to stop working with it and Toshiba just recently forecast it was dying in an article on here I believe. Now Samsung have the chance to move 3 D technology a step forward and they don't think it's necessary as they think it's doing fine as it is. ROFL


January 25, 2014, 1:11 pm

Which current TV provides Red/Blue Glasses for 3D?
(and people wonder why people don't get 3D when even a site like TrustedReviews misleads...)


January 25, 2014, 11:17 pm

Forget 3D TV 3D INTERNET is the trick


January 26, 2014, 12:49 am

Well I found the BBC did not really push 3d, you had to search for which channel. The olympic opening, doctor who, tennis were fantastic. I like 3d and the rest of the family do now. No folks didn't like the specs at first. For me it's not every day watching. You need a good film or documentary that makes sense. It's lack of content that has crippled 3d. I think it's now in the same quadrant as HTPC. So if budget makers drop it so what. I also think you need a big screen 60 or more to make it work. I don't think it matters if it's glasses or no glasses they both need quality and quantity of content. It's also like do I need eastenders in DTS HD 7.1 - no!

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