Recently the Mainichi News reported the following:
On the 4th Toshiba announced that they would put on the market domestically by late December the world's first family use LCD TV with three-dimension (3D) images that could be seen without the need of special glasses. Regarding 3D television there was suggestion that special glasses was the problem that would affect its expansion and become popular, out of need they aimed at digging up new technology.
3D new television adopted "Integral imaging method" that generated two or more images with different angles. 3D high minute images could be enjoyed by the naked-eye by projecting the image through the special sheet put on the liquid crystal panel. The function to convert 2D image into 3D image was installed. The screen size had two models (type 12 and type 20), and the assumed price would be around 120,000 yen and 240,000 yen. It aimed at sales of 1000 or more a month.
3D televisions currently were being put on the market by Panasonic, Sony, Sharp, Toshiba, and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation domestically, all were the types that needed special glasses. In the interview, Masaaki Osumi the managing director said ｢It is easier to enjoy 3D images with no glasses. In the future, without glasses would become the trend｣, and in future they would examine the the commercialization of bigger than type 40 large-scale size naked-eye 3D televisions.
However, according to a study by a research company BCN, in September the proportion of 3D televisions among the number of sales of thin-screen TV remained at 2.5%. Analyst Ichiro Michiko pointed that "Although there are lots of news about the wish to watch 3D in naked-eye, this time the product is small but the price is high. Also because software is few, it would take a little more time for 3D televisions to be fully popular".
It is nice to hear that 3D televisions for naked-eye will be available by the end of the year.