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Sanwa brings us one step closer to universal 3D glasses

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January 21, 2011

Sanwa brings us one step closer to universal 3D glasses

Sanwa brings us one step closer to universal 3D glasses

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Japanese company Sanwa has recently announced that its new 400-3DGS001 3D glasses are compatible with multiple brands of 3D televisions, such as Sony, Panasonic, Sharp, and Toshiba. While the glasses aren't truly "universal" they are a step in the right direction, reminding us that a day may come when we have multiple 3DTVs in our homes. That day is probably a long way off, but we're glad that at least someone is planning ahead!

Sanwa's glasses are equipped with a "television maker select button," which when pressed will try to recognize what kind of television you are using, based on the TV's infrared signal. They will then automatically synchronize so that you can view in 3D. The settings are then maintained until you sync with another manufacturer's television, at which point you'd need to re-detect in order to switch back. We contacted Sanwa for more details about how this works, but have yet to hear back.

Included with these glasses is a USB cable that you can connect to a PC when you need to recharge. There's also a pouch for storage and a cloth wipe for cleaning, to make sure that the glasses stay in good condition.

The glasses are relatively lightweight at 55g (or a little under two ounces), and can be worn over top of regular glasses if need be. They also have three sizes of nose-piece attachments that you can use to help create a more comfortable fit. The glasses can be purchased in Japan for 7800 yen, or about US$94. More specs on the 400-3DGS001 can be found below.

While there might not be a need just yet for a "universal" pair of 3D glasses, it could be something we need to consider down the road, much like having a universal remote for multiple televisions. On the other hand, however, one has to wonder how long it will take for an acceptable and affordable glasses-less 3D system to be developed. Is it possible that by the time we have multiple 3D-capable TVs in the home, glasses might be a thing of the past?

Specdetails
ColorBlack
Frequency120Hz
Response Speed2.0ms
Contrast1000:01:00
Battery specs3.7V/100mAh lithium-ion
Battery life50 hours
Charging time3 hours
USB charging cable2.5m in length

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This sure represents dead end technology. Multiple 3DTVs and competing/incompatible technology? Depending on the company it can be really irritating to watch TV and not have the clicker so I sure understand why there is a demand for personal screens but what would be the point of having more TVs than persons in a household? And while I'm at it. Why should you have to look at the same display as anyone else or even look in a certain direction, in a certain room and use some predestined furniture? The future is in goggles like Vuzix and their likes because I don't understand why video would not go through the same development as audio has done. We used to have HIFI setups and sit in audioshrines to listen to music but nowadays the vast majority of music listening is done using mp3-players and people listen wherever they are and whatever thet do. People will in the future wear their virtual-ludicrousmega-screens on their heads and also watch them more than the real world. Certainly us fogeys will get increased opportunities to whine about people dong zombiewalks/drives in traffic because they are watching when they shouldn't. Video eyewear is the future. Not panels on walls and 3D-glasses.

Conny Söre
25th January, 2011 @ 06:27 am PST
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