3D collaboration announced

Regardless of how you feel about 3D movies, TV and photos, recent news about manufacturers collaborating on 3D glasses is good news.

Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, and X6D (XPAND 3D) have announced their intent to collaborate on the development of a new technology standard for consumer 3D active glasses, under the name, “Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative.”

Okay, the name’s not sexy, doesn’t roll off the tongue.

The companies say they intend to work together on the development and licensing of radio frequency (RF) system 3D active glasses technology, including RF system protocols between consumer 3D active glasses and 3D displays such as televisions, personal computers, projectors and 3D theaters with XPAND active shutter glasses.

The standardization will also include multiple types of infrared (IR) system protocols between 3D active glasses and 3D displays, ranging from the protocols jointly developed by Panasonic and XPAND 3D, to the proprietary protocols of Samsung and Sony, respectively.

The license of Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative is targeted to be released next month, at which time the development of new standardization-applied active 3D glasses will begin. Universal glasses with the new IR/RF protocols will go on sale in 2012, and are targeted to be backward compatible with 2011 3D active TVs.

In March, Panasonic announced a joint licensing of IR system protocols with XPAND, backed by several participant companies. “We hope the expanded collaboration on this 3D standardization initiative will make a significant contribution toward accelerating the growth of 3D-related products,” says Panasonic’s Masayuki Kozuka.

The protocols jointly developed by Panasonic and XPAND are supported by eight participant companies: Changhong Electric, FUNAI Electric, Hisense Electric, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, Seiko Epson, SIM2 Multimedia, and ViewSonic.

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