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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.

Pros and Cons of Buying a 3D Television in 2010

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Deciding whether or not to buy a 3D television this year could be a major decision in many households. This is due to the several factors both pro and con and merits some serious discussion. Here are some of the major points that could affect your decision.

Pro: Having 3D television means getting your hands on some of the latest tech: Buying one of these 3D wonders means that you’ll be enjoying some of the best imaging, improved black and color features, excellent add-ons and features such as hand touch controls.

Con: The viability of 3D Devices is thus far unproven: Nobody wants to be spending money on a service or device that never takes off or fails. The risks involved with investing in 3D television can be enough to give even the most tech hungry reason to pause as it is too new to predict the potential outcome.

Pro: This isn’t your grandpa’s 3D: If you had images of Jaws 3-D in mind, you’re in for a surprise. Several new films have come out which were filmed in the 3-D format this time to great success. In fact, the new trend in 3D devices stems from the renewed interest in the medium generated by those films and the far improved image and validity of the format.  This is a potential breakthrough in media and like color and HD television before, it could be the next major and lasting change to the medium.

Con: It still requires glasses and may still cause eye strain for some: While they’re no longer blue and red (the new glasses are in fact more like shades), yes the glasses are still a required part of the package. This is because 3D relies on tricking the eye to get the desired visual response through filming with two cameras representing the vision of each eye. This means that our eyes attempt correct any image issues such as blurring however and this causes eye strain.

Con: The cost: There’s a great deal of money involved with getting your 3D system to work at its optimum. This means buying a TV, most likely a compatible blue ray or DVD player and almost certainly a few pairs of the glasses. While some of the companies say they’ll be including at least 2 pairs of them with each TV, this doesn’t cover guests or extra family members. If you only recently afforded your HD system, you’re also unlikely to be able to afford the upgrade.

Pro: There are options:  The cost is high no matter what you do; it’s new tech and most 3D systems are 45-55 inches in size.  The good news is that many companies offer special package deals or in the case of Vizio’s model a reduced rate (about $2,000). Panasonic’s model is offered through Best Buy with a compatible blue ray player for instance.

Con: Few shows, stations or other media are offered in 3D: For the moment, the options of media directly available in 3D are very limited and this can be a major drawback for those who want to have an optimum 3D setup.

Pro: It’s on the way: While the amount of 3D media is limited, for now there are already steps being taken to remedy this. With the popularity and success of recent films such as Alice in Wonderland and Avatar, there is a lot of action being taken to produce more films and shows in the medium.

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