CES 2010: 3D shows up big (and small)
Not content with already having dibs on the biggest TV in the world, Panasonic has added two inches of screen and 3D capability, trouncing Mitsubishi’s 82-inch effort.
The company announced the 152-inch mammoth yesterday as part of its CES product line-up. The huge screen means punters who miss Avatar in 3D on the silver screen will still have the chance to catch James Cameron’s sci-fi epic on the big screen at home. Though presumably only if they’re millionaires.
There are some lesser 3DTV offerings from the Panasonic stable, too, but they’ve got serious competition, not least from arch-rival Sony, which announced two lines of TVs offering 3D – the LX900 and the HX900. The LX also has Wi-Fi for online content and networking action.
Elsewhere, Samsung broke news of its 9000 series – the world’s skinniest 3DTV at 7.2mm with an iPhone-esque touchscreen remote that can preview broadcast channels and networked PC content. The idea seems to be to spell the end for fighting over the controls, though it might escalate the conflict to an entirely new level.
Not to be left out of the Korean slimming battle, LG popped a 6.9mm thin HDTV, though it left the 3D duties to the less-than-lardy 8.5mm LE9500 Series.
Meanwhile, Toshiba launched the Cell TV, offering 143 times the processing power of a typical set. That, says Tosh, should mean better picture (you’d certainly hope so), big screen video calling and 2D to 3D conversion.
Back to LG, who had the last word with the CF3D, a Full HD 3D projector which gave them the perfect opportunity to use a pun about thinking outside the box. Box means TV, see? Clever stuff (the projector, that is.)
Looks like our 3DTV predictions are coming true already. Meanwhile check out what else has been going on at CES at the links below.
Watch our CES 2010 preview video and read the preview blog
Read about LG and Samsung's pico projector phones and
T-Mobile's 'Vega' Android-powered tablet
Hands on with Skype on TV and the Alex eReader
Paddy's CES predictions: 3DTV, eBooks and tablets