Monster Adds RF ‘Universal’ 3D Glasses
MonsterVision Max3D RF glasses require no line of sight and apparently work with "every TV in the market." HD Guru Gary Merson says no way.
June 22, 2010 by Julie Jacobson

Details are just trickling in, but it appears that Monster Cable is launching a line of 3D glasses that require no line of sight and work with virtually any 3D TV on the market.

Through Twitter, Monster posted the image below, with the comment, “New MonsterVISION Max3D glasses just introduced.. no need for line of sight, they work using RF!”

Sony recently discussed issues with today’s IR-based 3D setups that require a clear line of sight for synchronization. The sun, CFL bulbs and other factors might interfere with IR signals. Furthermore, the IR transmitter on the TV or component might be covered.

Evidently, you won’t have that problem with MonsterVision.

Elsewhere on Twitter, TechnologyGuide editor @TGJamison reports, “@monstercable announces first pair of universal 3D glasses for every TV in the market - awaiting pricing and availablity.”

Not so fast.

HD Guru Gary Merson insists, “Compatible 3D Glasses? No Such Thing.”

He writes:

Contrary to recent widely published articles, so called “Universal” 3D glasses have compatibility issues. Glasses such as those recently introduced by Xpand sense the infra-red synchronization pulses emitted by 3D TVs and automatically time the shutters within the glasses to properly open and close to the on-screen 3D content.

However, these “Universal” glasses do not match the vendor-specific color characteristics of each TV maker’s factory supplied 3D glasses, resulting in skewed color.

Samsung’s and Mitsubishi’s 3D glasses (which are cosmetically nearly identical, which indicates they are most likely sourced from Samsung) have a greenish tint, while Panasonic’s and Sony’s have an amber tint that blocks some blue (though the degree of tint appears to be different on both brand’s lenses). When displaying stereoscopic content, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic 3D TVs automatically compensate for the 3D glasses’ filter characteristics.

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Julie Jacobson - Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson is co-founder of EH Publishing and currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro, mostly in the areas of home automation, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. She majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. Julie is a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player with the scars to prove it. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.

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