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IBM Develops 3-D Television

3-D glasses

The folks at are reporting that IBM has recently demonstrated a working model for a new and “affordable” 3D video system that works with normal DLP (Digital Light Processing) televisions. That is, if you consider $1000 to be affordable.

“This was on the drawing board for about two years and now we’re at the conceptual proof-of-concept stage. We are here to look for a manufacturing partner to bring the technology to market,” said Jim Santoro, a technology license program manager from IBM’s office in Poughkeepsie near IBM’s corporate headquarters in Armonk, New York. ”

Details have been sketchy, but according to the article, the device will be compatable with OpenGL and Direct Draw which will allow programmers to manipulate video for computer games. IBM’s approach is also “the first to use a single projector to simulate both left and right views needed to form 3D image. Normal 3D units need two projectors.”

Not surprisingly, you still need annoying, stupid looking glasses to correctly view the image.

On the upside, a few sports networks have expressed interest in filming games in 3-D – which would certainly be interesting. Furthermore, the ability for programmers to write games for the device makes true 3-D gaming a real possiblility.

Posted by Sean


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