Panasonic pushing forward with 3D in the home

Panasonic pushing forward with 3D in the home

If you haven’t noticed lately, many movies are coming out in 3D this year, and they have been in greater and greater numbers since last year. Pixar and Dreamworks both are committed to releasing all of their forthcoming movies in 3D. Pixar is even re-releasing Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in October to theaters in 3D.

But even major motion pictures are coming in 3D, including Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and The Final Destination. But the most anticipated 3D film is Avatar, coming this December from the creator of Alien, Terminator, and Titanic, James Cameron.

Cameron has been working on Avatar for over a decade, and is said to push the limits of movie technology and story-telling. Avatar is also going to help promote 3D in the home.


Panasonic is ready to produce the world’s first 3D-ready plasma televisions in 2010, along with 3D Blu-ray Disc players, and to help them sell the world on 3D movies they’ve enlisted the help of 20th Century Fox who will use Avatar this fall to show off 3D displays on a traveling bus tour.

Panasonic’s 3D televisions will begin at 50″ and increase from there up to 103″ in size. The technology does not use polarized lenses like other systems (including what you see in theaters), but flickers between both left and right images alternately. The 3D glasses sync with the video and shutter open and closed for each eye. Each frame will be full 1080p video, and there is no funky color shifting.

Yes, you still wear glasses, but it sure seems like 3D is here to stay this time.

About Steven Kippel

Steven Kippel has worked as a systems designer for a leading high-end audio/video custom integrator in Southern California since 2003. He is responsible for researching new technologies and integrating them into existing systems and new construction projects. He has designed several high-profile systems for discriminating clients on the cutting-edge of technology. When he is not hard at work, Steven is spending time with his wife, playing with his band or promoting concerts and bands in the Inland Empire. His favorite bands include The Cure, U2, Eisley, Living Sacrifice and DragonForce.

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