October 05, 2010
| by Rachel Cericola
Over the summer, we reported rumors that Toshiba was planning a glasses-free 3D TV. Well, the product is real and should be available by the end of 2010.
Don’t get too excited, though, the glasses-free REGZA 3D TVs will only be available in Japan to start. According to Crunch Gear, there will be two models: the 20-inch 20GL1 and 12-inch 12GL1.
The big hook is both units promise 3D without the glasses if you sit at one of nine distinct viewing angles. If you have a crappy seat, you may not be able to enjoy the effects.
The 20GL1 will have a 1280 x 720 resolution, as well as Toshiba’s Cell processor and LED backlight technology. There will also be ports for HDMI, USB, LAN and Toshiba’s own REGZA Link. The 12-incher has a resolution of 466 x 350, and keeps the HDMI, USB, LAN and REGZA Link ports. This model drops the CELL engine, but gains an SD card slot.
The 20GL1 is expected to go for $2,900, with the 12GL1 coming in around $1,450. There’s no word on whether Toshiba plans to sell either model outside of Japan.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.