Bring Home 3D Technology Today
From the advent of moving pictures to the invention of TV, historic developments
drove image technologies through the 20th century. Among them, color and
high definition (HD) were two major advances. Now, we present a third
breakthrough in the form of full-HD 3D. This new viewing experience is
creating a new dimension of videorealism. 3D is great in the theater;
bring the same amazing technology home today. Dont get stuck in 2D when
you can bring 3D right to your living room. 3D is the latest dimension
in gaming, movies, and TV programming. Dont watch TV, live it. The amazing
images jump off the screen, bringing the action so close, you can almost
|WHAT YOU'LL NEED:|
A 3D TV isnt the only component you will need to bring your TV to life. You will need a 3D Blu-ray player, 3D Glasses and HDMI 1.4 cables. If you love to play videogames, think of a Sony Playstation 3. You will be able to watch Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray DVDs as well as play games in 3D.
3D Compatible TV3D has been around for decades, only now can you get a movie-quality 3D experience at home. A 3D TV can have an LED, LCD, or plasma screen. The only difference from a 2D TV is the screen is designed to show two versions of the same image. This works because the two versions are alternated at speeds that are so fast, they are undetectable by the human eye.
Three Types of 3D TVs
There is a 3D TV for everyone. Because 3D technology is so new, manufacturers are giving consumers options.
Most TVs are 3D-ready. What does that mean? The TV will be equipped with a 3D emitter to send signals to the 3D glasses that you will be wearing. These TVs usually do not come with 3D glasses.
These TVs are made with the screens that can play a 3D image, but they lack the emitter that is necessary to project a 3D image. 3D emitters are available to purchase for these TVs and they are external additions to the TV.
Similar to 3D-ready TVs, these sets are equipped with 3D emitters and the proper screen to produce a 3D image. They will usually come with 3D glasses.
3D Compatible Blu-ray Player or Playstation 3 (PS3)Abt has many options for 3D compatible Blu-ray players. You can bring 3D movies to life, in your home with a new Blu-ray player. Of course these 3D Blu-ray players also support standard Blu-ray Disc movies in high definition and upscale DVDs to near HD quality.
The PS3 will be 3D compatible through a firmware upgrade sometime in 2010. That means you can watch 3D Blu-ray DVDs and play games in 3D after downloading a firmware upgrade.
HDMI 1.4Most consumers are familiar with the term HDMI cable. What you may not know is there are different types of HDMI cables. Most cables in use right now are HDMI 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3. For a TV to display 3D images from a Blu-ray or PS3, you will need HDMI 1.4 cables. It is both a 3D channel and Ethernet channel. This cable will transmit all the data you will need to play a 3D Blu-ray.
All HDMI cables at Abt are 100% QC tested to pass 1080P at every length and all contain the 5th twisted pair for the new Ethernet and Audio Return Channel options.
3D GlassesUntil recently, 3D glasses were plastic with one red lens and one blue. Improvements have been made on the technology; consequently the new 3D movies, TV broadcasts, and games can be viewed in 1080p, full 3D HD.
Active Liquid Crystal Shutter Glasses
Active liquid crystal shutter glasses replace older tinted glasses to give a 1080p, full 3DHD image. Each lens alternates blocking each eye up to 120 times per second, like opening and closing a shutter, one side at a time. They link to the TV by an infrared Bluetooth signal and most use rechargeable batteries.
3D Content3D movies and animated cartoons are available on 3D Blu-ray DVDs. More than movies will be available in 3D. Both ESPN and the Discovery Channel are developing channels devoted to 3D. ESPNs channel is slated to begin in June 2010 and the Discovery Channel late 2010/ early 2011. PS3 will also have games available in 3D with the option to be played in 2D.
Abt offers a 3D Starter Kit from Samsung which includes 2 pairs of 3D Active Glasses and Monsters vs. Aliens 3D Blu-ray disc. For a limited time, you can get it FREE when you purchase your 3D TV and 3D Blu-ray player together (a $349 value).
|HOW 3D TV WORKS|
3D or stereoscopic imaging is a technique capable of recording three dimensional images, which gives the illusion of image depth. 3D TV technology encompasses TV programming, movies, or games. Stereopsis is the process which allows our individual eyes to see depth in an image. One of the images is projected for the viewers right eye and the other image for the left. When the two images are displayed they are layered one on top of the other; one is slightly to the right and one is slightly to the left. When looking at the images without the assistance of 3D glasses, the image will appear blurry. When wearing 3D glasses, the images blend together and give the illusion of depth as well as the images height and width. 3D is filmed using two cameras in 1920 X 1080 full-HD. When both sets of recordings are played at the same time and overlapped, an illusion of depth is created. When you wear 3D glasses, images recorded this way will jump off the screen.
||YOU NEED TO KNOW|
When purchasing 3D technology for the home, it is very important to note that all brands are not compatible with each other. Buying a 3D compatible Sony TV with a 3D compatible Samsung Blu-ray player will not work correctly. Our specialists at Abt are ready to walk you through the process to make sure you are getting compatible 3D technology.
*Please note that all 3D technology will work with 2D television broadcasts and Blu-ray media that you enjoy today.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Do I need to buy a 3D TV to watch 3D programming, movies, or play games?
Q: Can everyone see 3D?
Q: Will I get a headache?
Q: Do I Have to Wear the 3D Glasses?
Q: What equipment will I need to buy in addition to a 3D TV?
Q: Is a 3D Movie in the Theater the Same as a 3D Movie at Home?