The First 'Decent Quality' glasses-free 3D TV
The 55 inches ( 140 cm) Toshiba 55ZL2 is the first large-screen 3D television which does not require the viewer to wear special glasses and offers acceptable resolution. It has gone on sale in UK for 7,000£ and in the US for 11,500$.
The trick is that the display panel used by Toshiba in his 55ZL2 has four times the number of pixels of a Full-HD TV set. So with the autostereoscopic processor and lenticular screen dividing the number of pixels by nine, the number of pixels per view stays around 1 megapixels. Losing 50% of the resolution (compared with an active glasses 3DTV) is the price to pay for dropping the glasses; but it is far better than losing around 80% of the resolution with the previous solutions based on 2K display panels!
The Toshiba 55ZL2 is the first large-screen TV in the world that is capable of displaying glasses-free (autostereoscopic) 3D images. Its 55-inch screen has a razor sharp 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution, offering either quadHD images in 2D mode or 720p glasses-free 3D video (around 1 Million pixels per view).
It goes on sale on Monday 12 March at John Lewis, but this is one for the early adopters with big bank accounts. The ZL2 will set you back a cool £6,999. For the price, all possible bells and whistles are included : WiFi, 4 HDMI connectors, DLNA compatibility, automatic 2D to 3D conversion,...
Here is a short video overview of the 55ZL2 specifications: