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Ultra-D says yes to 3D, no to silly glasses

Stream TV Networks aims to deliver 3D content to autostereoscopic displays, and convert 2D to 3D.

One of the reasons 3D TVs seem to have fallen as flat as their screens is that nobody wants to wear stupid-looking glasses in their own homes. Another is the lack of content. Stream TV Networks's answer to these problems is Ultra-D, which takes away both the need for glasses and native 3D content.

Using a combination of hardware, firmware, and software, Ultra-D (aka Ultra-D 2160p) works with autostereoscopic (that is, no glasses required) displays to deliver both display native 3D content as well as convert 2D to 3D. Two birds, meet one stone.

The technology promises a wide viewing angle (no huddling the family onto the middle couch cushion) and users gets to control the amount of 3D depth produced. Ultra-D also adds pixels to video content to generate 2160p from a 1080p signal.

I got a chance to see what the company calls a final production model, and can say that yes, I saw (some) 3D effect without glasses. No word yet, however, on how much the first TVs with Ultra-D will cost, or exactly when they'll be available. But that's par for the course at CES.

For more blogs, stories, photos, and video from the nation's largest consumer electronics show, check out complete coverage of CES 2013 from PCWorld and TechHive.

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