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How it works: 3D HDTV

Whether you love it or hate it, get ready for 3D HDTV

3D HDTV looks set to be the next big thing in the consumer market. Here's our guide to what you need to know to enhance your viewing pleasure.

What's next: 3D without glasses

For those of you unwilling to look silly in 3D glasses, there may still be a few options available, just don't expect them to arrive anytime soon or anywhere cheap. CES 2010 gave us a good look at lenticular lens technology, a glasses-free 3D option.

Like a lot of 3D technology, lenticular lens technology is not new; many of you can probably recall busting open a box of cereal or Cracker Jack to find that multi-image graphic that appeared to move.

The basis of the tech is the use of magnification to accentuate an image at a particular angle. If you combine two separate images with two different lenticular lenses, you can produce the necessary effect for a 3D television.

At CES, companies such as TCL, Magnetic3D, and Alioscopy demonstrated displays that used this technology.

Their sets promised up to nine different viewing angles, giving you a bit more wiggle room for viewing, and hopefully lending these kinds of TVs to real world uses.

2D viewing on these sets is still up in the air, according to Engadget, so they may still need some tweaking in that department before we can see a consumer product.

Otherwise, you can expect to see these sets popping up soon as billboards and for other commercial uses.

NEXT PAGE: Your mileage may vary

  1. Whether you love it or hate it, get ready for 3D HDTV
  2. 3D glasses compared
  3. 3D without glasses
  4. Your mileage may vary

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