When the television set was first introduced to the public in the 1920s, it was an instant success and its popularity has been rising ever since. Technology has helped it improve in many ways, as it went from black-and-white to color, from using cathode ray tube to LED and from enormous to plasma. It has evolved in many ways and has become an important part of lives.
The seemingly newest technology added is the interpretation of 3D. This technology has been known of since the late 19th century. To achieve 3D, offset images have to be filtered separately to each eye, this was and in some cases is still managed by using polarized or anaglyphic lenses that are built into glasses. This has been accepted when going to the cinema for example, however manufacturing companies have realized that this seemingly little thing is one of the reasons people don’t accept it in their homes. It is a something that makes the viewing inconvenient. A solution for this was introduced in 2010 by Hitachi, a technology where there is no need for spectacles because the screen executes the task of the glasses. Since then, many companies have been introducing new sets that are 3D, but don’t require glasses.
So how does watching TV in 3D compare to 2D? It’s very different and very new to imagine the fact that every show can be viewed in 3D. Unfortunately this isn’t possible yet, since we are in a stage in development, where many new TV channels are being introduced in 3D, however every channel in 3D is still a few years away. Sports broadcasts are available and a lot of movies are as well.
When watching a game in 3D the realness is astounding. It is certainly a lot more exciting, as it relates much better to the feeling when one is actually at a football game. To have the illusion of players in your living room is amazing and definitely adds more life to the game, brings it closer and makes it even more fascinating.
Watching movies is similar, but we must be careful to watch films that were intended for 3D. Avatar is amazing, since it was designed to be projected in 3D, therefore it is a lot more exciting then if it was viewed in 2D. However, there have been movies that got “upgraded” to 3D; this is a mistake and can ruin the entire film and the experience attached to it. I can envision upgraded movies being released in the future, but I don’t think anyone would want to see The Godfather trilogy in 3D, as it would be tacky.
A downside of 3D is, because of this intense experience, it can become very tiring. Compared to its predecessor, the 2D TV, 3D TV cannot be watched for multiple hours at a time, because not only will it exhaust one, but it also hurts the eyes in the long run. Interestingly about 10 percent of the population can’t recognize 3D, because of health issues. These are reasons why it hasn’t become increasingly popular. However, Asian and North American markets indicate that consumers are interested in this technology and are open to purchasing it, especially since the prices of these sets have dropped to match the ones of high-end 2D televisions.
At the end of the day, watching TV in 3D is very exciting and intense, but there are cons as well, since it makes relaxing by the screen a bit more difficult.