For 3D TV to really take off, you need to ditch the glasses – but historically the images you get from glasses-free 3D TV have never lived up to those of their speccie counterparts. Stream TV Networks reckons it's cracked the conundrum with its Ultra-D 2160p glasses-free 3D TV technology, and from what we've seen at CES 2013, the results are pretty impressive.
CES marks the debut of 31.5in and 60in Ultra-D 2160p displays, along with the Ultra-D 2160p SeeCube real-time conversion set-top box. The latter uses a proprietary algorithm to convert 2D and 3D images into glasses-free 2160p 3D images – using disparity to add resolution without scaling.
That means you can pull video from sources including your Xbox 360, Apple TV, Netflix and pretty much any other HD source you can dream of, and watch it in glorious 2160p glasses-free 3D. Stream TV Networks' demo reel included converted HD footage taken from the BBC's Olympics coverage, delivering an impressively sharp 3D image – albeit with some curious bending effects if you shift your position too much.
Nevertheless, the Ultra-D display delivers 3D images that are up to the standard of 3D TV with glasses – the tech is set to be packed into 3D displays ranging from TVs to tablets. Ultra-D displays will be produced in partnership with Pegatron, which is set to create the majority of iPad displays for the next three years – could a 2160p glasses-free 3D iPad be around the corner?
We'll be getting eyes-on with the Ultra-D display at CES, so keep your peepers peeled.
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