Panasonic Reveals 50-Inch 3-D Plasma Display

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Osaka, Japan - Panasonic said here Monday that it plans to show a 50-inch version of a 1080p 3-D plasma display at the upcoming CEATEC Show in Chiba, Japan, beginning Oct. 6.

Previously the company has shown the 3-D effect on prototype 103-inch versions of the 3-D display. The company believes that 50 inches will be one of the most popular screen sizes for 3-D displays, when they begin to ship into the market next year.

The stereoscopic technology uses two separate (left-eye, right-eye) 1080p images at slightly different angles to produce the 3-D effect. The two fields alternate rapidly to create the illusion of one 3-D image. It works when viewers wear special active shutter glasses that block one eye and then the other, in sequence, with the images on the screen, the company said.

Panasonic plans to market a 3-D-capable Blu-ray Disc player to supply source signals to displays. No pricing has yet been announced for the 3-D displays or Blu-ray player.

Panasonic is working with the Blu-ray Disc Association and other industry leaders on setting a standard for FullHD 3-D in the home.


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