Toshiba's First 4K, Glasses-Free 3D TV is Here to Save Your Eyes and Kill Your Wallet

Toshiba's First 4K, Glasses-Free 3D TV is Here to Save Your Eyes and Kill Your Wallet

Dec 21, 2011

Toshiba's new Regza 55X3 is a product that exists only to solve first world problems, namely having too much money and the unbearable burden of wearing 3D glasses to watch 3D content. Too long have we been slaves to our uncomfortable two-lens overlords and 1080p "HD" content - if you even want to consider measley 1080p "real HD" in this day and age - and so now the 55X3 is here to free us from our heathen technological shackles with a TV that supports a Quad Full HD resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels and the long-coveted glasses-free 3D.

How exactly does it accomplish the latter feat, you ask? Magic. The answer is magic. And elves. Or, if you want to get technical about it, it involves cameras and facial-tracking technology that in turn provides different images for each of your eyes thus eliminating the need for traditional image-splitting glasses. And don't worry about this being a TV designed solely for the Forever Alone; this 55" inch wonder can perform its visual witchcraft on up to nine different viewers sitting in nine different positions around your living room.

Oh, and if you're saddened by the lack of original 3D content these days, Toshiba's latest will also upconvert 2D content to 3D content at your beckoning. Rest easy eyeballs, for never again will you have to watch things in their original and hideous two dimensions. 

Of course, 3D isn't the only trick up 55X3's glasses-free sleeve. The aforementioned QFHD resolution display is also on the bleeding edge of home video presentation. In fact, it's so far over the edge that there are no players on the market that can output its full 4K resolution, nor are there currently any discs that can store the resolution. But hey, no one said adopting technology early was without its pains. Or expenses; now that' its out in its native land, the Regza 55X3 will set you back about $11,000 dollars, though that doesn't include taxes or the cost of importing a television from Japan. 

[via The Verge and The Guardian]

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