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I'd love to see Ultra-D on an iTV

Now here's a technology I'd love to see if/when Apple ever releases an HDTV (the rumored "iTV").: Ultra-D. It's 3D without the glasses.

Stream TV Networks has made a technology partnership with Hisense (the leading TV brand in China) for a range of televisions and other products featuring Ultra-D technology. The first product to market will be a 42-inch 1080p autostereoscopic 3D display with plans for additional 3D without glasses displays, smart televisions, tablets and smartphones incorporating the Ultra-D technology.

Ultra-D televisions will be bundled with the SeeCube Auto Converter. The SeeCube Conversion Box auto converts 2D and 3D stereoscopic (with glasses) into autostereoscopic (glasses-free) 3D format in real-time. Ultra-D supports nearly every kind of video feed including cable & satellite TV channels, Blu-ray, XBOX, PS3 and sites like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. The Ultra-D technology can convert content from iTunes and devices such as the iPad and Apple TV.

Admittedly, I haven't tested Ultra-D yet, so I can't attest to its quality. And Apple may be working on its own solution along those lines. Still, an iTV with glasses-free 3D could be a hot seller. It might also jump start the market for 3D TVs and 3D content, which has been hampered by the fact that consumers generally don't like wearing those 3D glasses.

-- Dennis Sellers

 

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