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Regza GL1 3D TV: 3D TV Minus the Glasses

Written by Helen Mary Labao. Posted under Television on December 21st, 2010


A common gripe in the already impressive 3D technology of TV screens is the hassle of having to wear glasses even when you have 20-20 vision. Amazingly, this so-called staple to a 3D viewing experience may just be gone in a matter of months, specifically April of next year. That’s because Toshiba just upped the ante of the 3D TV competition by providing its glasses-free version through the Regza GL1 3D TV. It’s not yet in the market as we speak; it’s one of those up and coming things we will surely look forward to in the nearby change of calendar year ahead.

Right now, what is currently available in this most promising family of Toshiba TV screens is the 12 inch diagonal Regza 12Gl1. The resolution is a little avant-guarde at 466 x 350. Pretty regular for a TV screen in a relatively small package. The price is pegged at around $1,431. A larger version, the Regza 20GL1, is priced at $2,863, and has almost the twice the size of the former. It is scheduled to be released for public purchase on December 25.

The good thing about the larger screen is that it has a better resolution at 720p. Contrast ratio at 550:1 is also pretty decent. Compared to other TV screens, this may not exactly be at par in all aspects, but the very fact that this same family tree of 3D TV’s will be yielding the glasses-free variety soon makes it able to do away with its irregularities as far as specs are concerned.

One good thing I have seen in this brand so far is that it actually allows you to have the same high quality viewing experience from whatever point of view you are based. So, it matters little if you are smack in front of the center of the screen or watching from the sides, the images on the screen will remain smooth and uniform for all pairs of watching eyes.

Suggested viewing distance is 65 cm for the smaller TV and 90 cm for the bigger one. As for thickness, these particular screens are moderately sized. For those who are concerned with more specs, the technology has the capacity to hold in 9 parallax images, eliminating completely the need for 3D eyeglasses. That’s really something that other TV brands may be able to explore in their own respective 3D TV offerings.

Nature lovers and environment savers may also find energy saving features and maximized natural resources to be additional perks, although I seriously doubt if a television screen design can actually alter that much to its overall make as far as environmental considerations are concerned.

The whole thing is reeking with so much potential. It’s pretty interesting how possible it is now to watch 3D without the glasses. Pretty soon, they can probably implement the same technology to the smaller gadget like the iPod and other mobile phones. That might take some more time, though. But just thinking about what could happen next in the smaller gizmo world as a result of these recent 3D developments makes me all giddy with excitement!

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