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History of 3D TV

Monday, April 12th, 2010

3D has been around for many years but 3D television is a recent development, right? Actually 3D television and 3D technology go back quite a bit farther than you might think. 3D actually began with the invention of photography in 1838 and the invention of stereoscope; the very first device that could photograph in 3D. From there, 3D photography grew to be employed in film. The first 3D camera for motion capture came in the invention of the Kinematoscope in 1855 and the first film was released in 1922 and was called The Power of Love. The first color 3D film was produced in 1935.

3D movies continued to be made and as time passed, in 1947 the Soviet Union released Robinson Crusoe. The films Bwana Devil in 1952 and House of Wax in 1953 were some of the first of more than sixty 3D films made during the 50s and 60s, a period during which there were also several advances in the way 3D filming was done. Many of these innovations helped in reducing the amount of equipment taken to make a 3D image and speeding up the process on many levels.  As a result of these films, 3D serials started being aired on television during the fifties. Yes, that’s right 3D TV has been with us nearly as long as the television itself! Unfortunately the medium grew to be too tedious because of the inferior viewing conditions in most movie theaters and the complex and often expensive equipment needed to make the films.

As you may already know, the 3D format began to be used again during the 70s and 80s in such films as Friday the 13th Part 3 and Jaws 3D. These films led to some success but soon interest flagged and the medium was dropped until the IMAX premiered at Expo ’86 in Vancouver. Until 2001 the format saw only sparing use due to the prohibitive costs and limited interest in the mainstream film industry. Since 2001 computer animation, digital cameras and now 3D home theater systems have begun the process of making 3D a fully realized and accessible medium for everyone. With these advances, we are now seeing the return of 3D television in a far richer and more fully realized format.

Starting in 2010, we will have access to 3D televisions, blue ray players, films, and 3D television stations.  Films like Alice in Wonderland and Avatar have opened the eye of the imagination and helped the 3D format to regain enough popularity to bring about renewed interest. Improved image tools, filming equipment and a wide array of advances in film making and production have allowed a very old idea to finally be brought to its true potential. With the new televisions and soon the regularly running 3D television channels there’s a very real possibility that 3D can  not only remain a useful medium but also become a major component of future innovations as color and HD were before it.

Top 5 3D TVS of 2010

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Have you heard about 3D TVS? If you keep an ear out for new tech, you’re sure to have heard about the many 3D device debuts at January’s CES but if you’re not tech savvy, you may need to know a little about these newest models before you buy.

1. Sony Bravia XBR-LX900: This latest offering from Sony comes with 3D, localized dimming, integrated wi-fi, USB and DNLA connectivity, accessible content via a BRAVIA line through Sony, Motionflow PRO 240 Hz and Monolith Design to improve image, Opticontrast panel, clear surface sheet and resin sheeting between glass and display panel for the reduction of reflection and refraction of light.It also features the innovative Sony Intelligence Presence Sensor ( a device intended to cut down usage while you are out of the room by detecting your presence). This 3D TV model comes in sizes between 40 and 60 inches and a classy slim line look.

2. Panasonic TC-PVT25: Sold with the special 3D glasses included (a major component of the  3D effect promised through a special shutter system that helps improve the image), this television series is one of the very first to debut and is being sold through Best Buy as a 3D pack including a 3D compatible DVD player. As a successor to the HDTVs that preceded it, this set promises great picture and fewer image problems than some of the other models may have. This TV delivers full 1080p to both eyes of the glasses, 50, 54, 58 and 64 inch classes, VIERA CAST IPTV functionality (Twitter, Pandora, Netflix, and FOXSports access in addition to previous versions ), THX certified, SKYPE video calling, Infinite Black Pro, and Optional Wi-fi.

3. Samsung 9000 Series: This 3D enabled, back lit LCD television line boasts a pencil thin  ultra slim design, built-in 3D processing unit, true 240 hz 1080p playback(which removes blurring from edges), wi-fi, energy efficiency, access to several apps through the Samsung store including Netflix and full color touch-screen remote (which also allows another viewer to watch a separate channel on the remote while the television is in use). In addition it can convert standard 2D into 3D images.  This series has a 46 and 55 inch model that have a fantastic brushed metal look.

4. Toshiba ZX900 Cell TV: With 3D effects powered by the new CELL broadband engine technology, hand activated volume, channel selection and 3D mode( this ability is created by the video camera on the top of the set that reads your hand motion to determine its actions) this television is another great offering from Toshiba. It also offers 480 Hz refresh rate in addition to the great imaging provided by the CELL technology which makes the 3D imaging that much more vivid, 2D to 3D upconversion, local dimming tech, LED backlighting, 1 TB hard drive, and 802.11n built in wireless connectivity for accessing other network devices and content services like Pandora, Netflix and VUDU.

5. Vizio XVT Pro Series:  Vizio is a great company for quality items at a fraction of the cost of bigger name brands and they too will have a great new 3D TV featuring LED backlighting technology, smart dimming hardware (to improve colors and increase the depth of blackness) , built in wireless HDMI (which allows you to connect HD equipment without he tedium of HDMI cables) and a 480 Hz refresh rate for improved imaging and reduced blurring.

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