Toshiba may have decided against hopping on the OLED bandwagon for their displays, but they certainly aren’t staying still in the future market. 3D is becoming more and more relevant and the accompanying glasses are the main factor standing in the way of many consumers making the dive in to the 3D future. With Toshiba’s Regza GL1, that was shown off at CEATEC 2010, they hope to reel in those fence-sitters with glasses free technology.
What was shown at Japan’s biggest electronics expo was the 21-inch glasses-free 3D prototype, it’s lost an inch in becoming a retail product, with the 20GL1 offering a 20-inch diagonal. The GL1 provides a 720p 3rd dimension by using multi-parallax picture transmission (employing a lenticular lens setup as used in Philips’ Dimenco). A 12 inch version, 12GL1, will release along side it’s bigger brother in Japan this December with a resolution of 466×350. They will be priced at ¥240,000 ($2,885) and ¥120,000 ($1,443), respectively.
This is certainly exciting news for those that are not willing to wear goofy looking glasses to enjoy a popping picture. It should be released here in a couple of months if it provides a decent viewing angle with quality 3D.