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Panasonic, Xpand 3D Aim for 3D Glasses Standard

29 Mar, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey

Starting in April Panasonic and Xpand 3D will begin licensing out a new standard for 3D active-shutter eyewear compatible with 3DTVs, computers, home projectors and cinemas.

The M-3DI standard provides for communication between 3D active-shutter eyewear products and 3D-capable TVs, front projectors, computers and cinema systems using Xpand (more than 3,500 worldwide).

The technology will let consumers enjoy the immersive 3D experience across all types of compatible 3D displays, as well as at movie theaters, with a single pair of 3D active-shutter eyewear.

Changhong Electric, Funai Electric, Hisense Electric, Hitachi Consumer Electronics, Mitsubishi Electric, Seiko Epson, SIM2 Multimedia and ViewSonic already have signed on to the standard. Currently the standard uses infrared communication technology, with radio communications considered for the next step.

“Panasonic has led in full HD 3D innovation through the development of technologies that enable consumers to have a truly immersive experience with our 3D Viera HDTV’s and Blu-ray 3D players,” said Hirotoshi Uehara, director of the television business unit, visual products and display devices business group of Panasonic’s AVC Networks Company. “Now, we are excited to be joining Xpand 3D and the other participants of the M-3DI initiative to make full HD 3DTV even more widely accessible.

“Joining forces with other 3D product manufacturers to standardize active-shutter 3D eyewear will help ensure that consumers have a superlative 3D experience at home and in the movie theater,” Uehara added. “This is a major step toward creating truly universal 3D eyewear.”

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