Have you heard? 3D is the new it tech for 2010. Thanks to the staggering success of 3D film Avatar everyone seems to be hopping on board the third-dimension wagon.
Unfortunately, that doesn't mean we're going to be treated to a wave of new schlocky science-fiction movies and beloved franchises turned 3D with surrealistic effect. (Three Stooges in 3D, anyone?)
Instead peripheral makers, television manufacturers and television channels are all rolling out technology that will likely be obsolete before the decade even hits its teens.
Many of these geewiz gadgets are debuting this week at the Consumer Electronics Show. Just today San Diego-based GUNNAR Optiks, maker of gaming glasses, announced a new line of 3D glasses for gaming
These high-end glasses will work with standard 3D televisions and monitors, but, GUNNAR says, their glasses will feature distortion-free optics and ergonomic design.
"While typical 3D eyewear is stamped from a flat sheet of plastic, GUNNAR lenses are shaped, formed and cut to provide distortion free optics," said Joe Croft, co-founder of GUNNAR and EVP of Research Design & Development. "For the amount of technology and effort that goes into the creation and delivery of the content, it is a shame that the weakest link in any 3D system today is the eyewear used to view the final product. We are proud to announce our success in creating lenses of the highest optical quality to give a premium visual experience."
The glasses will start hitting later this year for $US89 to $US149 a pop. Glasses-free 3D, hopefully, will be hitting in a few more years. You do the maths.