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3D TV Revolution: The Ultimate Future of Home Entertainment

In the recent CES 2010 event, 3D television was the hotcake. Almost every television manufacturers promoted & featured their upcoming 3D television technology with direct internet access. I’m sure it will be the future next tool of the home entertainment.

Televisions enhanced with direct internet access and 3D displays will be among the most anticipated products unveiled when the world’s biggest annual technology showcase kicks off in Las Vegas on Thursday.

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This year could see a revolution in televisions on high street sale as they converge with the web, allowing viewers to watch services such as the BBC’s iPlayer and YouTube more conveniently.

Manufacturers including Sony, Panasonic and LG are expected to launch sets with a broad range of new capabilities at the Consumer Electronics Show, including High Definition TV (HDTV) screens with the internet telephony service Skype built in, so people can use their TVs for video chats with friends and family anywhere in the world.

There is a scramble to profit on the hype surrounding 3D after cinema hits Avatar and Up. A number of companies will be debuting their attempts at high-quality 3D screens. The Discovery Channel could even announce plans to launch a 3D TV channel next year.

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Sony is launching thirty-eight TVs. The best, the XBR-LX900, is a 3D-ready edge-lit LED set that goes up to 60 inches with 240Hz, Wi-Fi (for video services like Netflix), face detection (for auto-backlight dimming) and an anti-reflective panel. And Three-Dee.

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The Cell processor that runs the show on Toshiba’s new Cell TV is usually found in high-end PCs (and most notably the PS3). Now it’s invading your living room, bringing real-time 2D to 3D conversion hype with it.

It’s not Toshiba’s first go-round with the Cell, but these two new Cell TV series are the first attempt on the manufacturer side at making the current paucity of available 3D content irrelevant. The 2D to 3D conversion will be enabled by a technology called TriVector. We didn’t get to see a demo, so we’ll hold off judgment on just how much Toshiba has achieved until we do.

The Cell engine has 8 core processors, with each processor clocking at 3.2GHz, making it 1000 times faster than your standard desktop computer, according to Toshiba. What Toshiba’s calling Super Resolution technology will also automatically upconvert your SD content to 1080p, while Net Super Resolution+ has compression noise canceling technology for better web content fidelity. Like LG’s LED Infinia flagship, Cell TV will run at 480Hz.

The systems will come with wireless HD and built-in 802.11N wireless capability. They’ll be DLNA compliant, play movies from USB, and will feature a video phone over IP (not Skype, which had so far been the video chat platform of choice this CES) and pre-loaded Net TV channels. The Cell TV also packs in a 1TB HDD that you can record your media on to and a built-in Blu-ray player.
You’ve probably seen Avatar. Now, raise your hand if you actually care about 3D in your living room, this year.
Source: CNET, Guardin, Gizmodo.

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