LG shows off next generation of 3D glasses

lg shows off next generation of 3d glasses 1 fpr and sg comparisonOf the many criticisms facing 3D technology for the home, the most commonly heard gripe is typically regarding the glasses. There are other complaints, to be sure, but the glasses are a major point of contention for many people. They are bulky and uncomfortable, plus they are expensive and eat up pricey batteries.  Worst of all, they can cause damage to your eyes, and can make some people dangerously ill. But while the days of a practical glass-less TV for the home are still years away, LG thinks it has a solution to help ease the discomfort of the dreaded 3D glasses.

Confirming the rumors from a few weeks ago, Today at CES LG Display showed off its newest product, the film-type patterned retarded (FPR) passive 3D glasses. At first glance, the glasses simply appear to be regular sunglasses, but they are far more. Where average sunglasses are linearly polarized, these glasses use a circular polarization.  If you neither know, or just don’t particularly care what that means, the result is that you can now watch 3D TV at home with glasses that do not require a battery, are much lighter, will sell for much less (although a definite price wasn’t announced, LG spokespeople confirm that each set of glasses should be under $20), and there is even a set with clips that attach FPR lenses onto the front of existing eye wear.  If you wear glasses and have ever watched 3D while wearing the current style active 3D glasses, these glasses will offer a much needed respite from the weight and discomfort of wearing two pairs of glasses.

Most 3D glasses today are active shutter glasses (SG), which require batteries to process the 3D image. Unfortunately, the glasses are heavy and can be uncomfortable, and there are a few gremlins in the machine, so to speak.  The two most common issues with the actual viewing of 3D with shutter glasses include the problem of crosstalk, when the images are incorrectly displayed to the wrong eye, and flicker, which can produce a light form of double vision. These problems are simply things that current 3D owners have had to learn to accept. The FPR sets will not have either problem, and the sets will also use much less energy as an added bonus.

While it may not be the 3D Holy Grail of large scale glass-less 3D, the FPR glasses are a major improvement over the existing shutter glass technology. They also cost much less. Where an SG set will cost well over $100 per pair of glasses, the FPR glasses are far less complicated, and therefore less expensive. Each FPR pair should run between $10-$20. LG would not speculate on how much each TV might cost when released in America, but they did confirm that the technology is no more expensive that the current SG 3D televisions.

LG believes that this technology is the way to go, and as such, it will soon phase out all of its 3D TVs using shutter glasses in favor of the FPR model. The FPR TVs are already available in China, and are expected in North America sometime in April, with Europe set to receive them in May. Currently, the FPR TV sets will only be available on LCD sets with projectors coming soon, but not plasma. The first round of sets will be released in sizes ranging from 32” to 55”, but smaller sets are also being considered.

Product Review

With style and feature upgrades, Misfit's next-generation Vapor 2 gets it right

Misfit’s next-generation smartwatch, the Vapor 2, packs built-in GPS, a heart-rate sensor, and more, into a beautiful design that starts from $250. We take a closer look at the company's latest device.
Smart Home

The best washing machines make laundry day a little less of a chore

It takes a special kind of person to love doing laundry, but the right machine can help make this chore a little easier. Check out our picks for the best washing machines on the market right now.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Product Review

Dolby makes the most comfortable headphones ever, and that's only the start

Dolby has taken its first step into product design with the new Dolby Dimension wireless headphones. Offering tons of features, supreme comfort, and a shocking price tag, the Dimension are a unique new take on audio in the home, and out.
Movies & TV

Stay inside this fall with the best shows on Hulu, including 'Castle Rock'

It's often overwhelming to navigate Hulu's robust library of TV shows. To help, we've put together a list of the best shows on Hulu, whether you're into frenetic cartoons, intelligent dramas, or anything in between.

Here are the best 4K TV deals for November 2018

There's no doubt that a good 4K smart TV is the best way to take your home entertainment setup to the next level to enjoy all your favorite shows, movies, and games in glorious Ultra HD. We've got the best 4K TV deals right here.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I. selfie drones, ‘invisible’ wireless chargers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Cyber Monday 2018: When it takes place and where to find the best deals

Cyber Monday is still a ways off, but it's never too early to start planning ahead. With so many different deals to choose from during one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year, going in with a little know-how makes all the…
Movies & TV

The best new movie trailers: ‘Alita: Battle Angel,’ ‘Detective Pikachu,’ and more

Everyone loves a good trailer, but keeping up with what's new isn't easy. That's why we round up the best ones for you. This week, it's new trailers for cyberpunk adventure Alita: Battle Angel, game adaptation Pokémon Detective Pikachu…

All the best Target Black Friday deals for 2018

The mega-retailer opens its doors to the most competitive shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, and signs indicate that the retailer means business this year. We've sifted through all of the deals, from consumer electronics to small…
Movies & TV

Best new shows and movies to stream: The Coen brothers ride again and more

Need something to watch this weekend? Check out our list of the best new shows and movies to stream right now. On the list this week: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Nnarcos: Mexico, and more.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (November 2018)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Smart Home

All the best Amazon Black Friday deals for 2018

Amazon may be an online-only retailer, but that doesn’t mean its Black Friday sales are anything to sniff at. In fact, due to its online status, Amazon has huge flexibility with the range of products and deals it can offer. Here's our…