Samsung Vs LG: 3-D TV Glasses – Different Approaches

How much have the bulky goofy looking glasses put you off purchasing a 3D TV? Sales from the last year would say quite a lot. With that in mind we wanted to report on a couple of different approaches that have been taken by two of the leading brands in television retailing.

Firstly let’s have a look at Samsung; according to tbo.com Samsung’s estimations say that they sold 1 million units in the US alone. This is pretty far short of their estimated sales of 3-4 million. Many of us have actually been a little disappointed with the 3D experience.

LG were the first of all the major TV manufacturers to announce the new 3D TV sets on the Wednesday prior to the CES 2011 event. They mentioned about a 47” and a 65” model that would be coming out later in 2011 with the lighter 3D glasses. They also said that there would be more than your normal 2 pairs in a box, they would be stepping it up to 4. Great news if you don’t want to be handing out another $100 per pair.

There are 2 different types of 3D glasses at the moment. There’s the passive and the active styles, both with their own pro’s and con’s. There were a few problems with the battery powered active glasses that use shutters as they had flickering images, which has been one of the major frustrations with 3D TV.

The passive ones are the glasses that you receive if you are going to watch a 3D movie at the cinema; they are lightweight at not manufacturer specific. The downside to them is they only work with LCD TVs that have the extra layer on the screen.

Of course the major leap forward that everyone is now trying to get to is non-glasses 3D effects on televisions, the technology has already been utilized for gaming with the Nintendo 3DS. What is to stop the same technology being replicated onto larger devices?

Toshiba are already aiming to start shipping glasses-free television sets in 2011 and 2012 as they announced at CES and surely that is the next step.
You can read another opinion on the matter over at WSJ.com where Daisuke Wakabayashi has provided us with lots of information about both passive and shutter controlled imaging as well as the sales for each of the manufacturers. Wakabayashi also mentions how if consumers do go with the passive glasses style then it would allow both LG and Vizio to close the gap on market share in the TV retailing industry. You have to wonder, if there was more available software from the movie industry and also from the gaming industry, then perhaps the TV sets would rank slightly higher on peoples wish lists. As things stand they are becoming a bit of an afterthought with the way things stand on the quality of HD being so high. People will not make the jump to 3D if they do not see it being any better than their current TV set, fact.

Let us know where you think the technology is failing and also how it can be improved in the comments below.