Just a few days ago I published an article offering some ideas about how to ease mainstream adoption of 3D shutter glasses technology. The first, most important proposition I made was to come up with a standard that would allow glasses cross-compatibility across different TV brands whilst laying the foundations of a third party market. Which then again would help in bringing down the average price of the glasses.
Well, guess what? Turns out my call for a standard was already made by some entity slightly more relevant than iWaggle3D. Not only that, but the first universal 3D shutter glasses are coming out this very month. With more to follow throughout the year.
Leading company in all things 3D XpanD will start the ball rolling by releasing their Universal 3D Glasses (Model no. X103). Priced at $129 and already available for pre-order at Amazon, these glasses are said to be compatible with almost every 3D TV and projector on the market and even movie theaters equipped with the appropriate XpanD technology. You can basically bring them with you and watch shutter glasses-based 3D content wherever it’s offered.
The X103 is equipped with an IR receiver which automatically syncs with any 3DTV IR emitter, and it also includes a firmware for future updates if necessary (nVidia 3D Vision technology is currently unsupported, but the company promises to fix that via a firmware update). Best of all, the X103 shuttering speed is claimed to be “the fastest on the market”, which should help in eliminating headaches, fatigue, and eyestrain. The device is powered by an easily replaceable, standard CR2032 220mAh battery (two extra batteries are also included in the package) with an estimated life of 100 hours.
Next up, we have got the Monster Cable proposition coming in November. It’s called Monster Vision Max 3D and rather than having a built-in IR receiver, it comes with some sort of dongle which converts the IR signal coming from the 3D TV into a 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency one, which is what the glasses actually understand.
It honestly doesn’t sound (nor look) as nice as the X103, and it’s also more expensive (about $250 for a pair of glasses and the “IR-RF” converter), but at least it comes with a built in rechargeable lithium polymer battery. Oh, just like the XpanD X103, the Monster Vision Max 3D is future proof thanks to an upgradable firmware in the dongle. Sadly I can’t find any online store yet offering this for pre-order and oddly enough the device is nowhere to be found on the official site.
Lastly, by the end of the year XpanD is expected to release a new model of its glasses, the X104, which will add Bluetooth technology to the mix (for yet unknown applications, but still interesting to see in the light of ideas #2 and #3 in my above mentioned article) and will come with a titanium frame.
Many thanks to reader Ray Hartjen for bringing all of this to my attention.