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.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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