The old radio tower which stands in the middle of Berlin’s amusement park is decked out in ribbons to mark the 50th edition of the IFA, the biggest European trade show for consumer electronics and domestic appliances.
Some 1,500 exhibitors from 50 countries displayed their latest gadgets. But the main focus was 3D technology.
Euronews reporter Claudio Rocco sets the scene:
“ With or without glasses, everything here at Berlin’s IFA is in 3D. Not only computers and TV’s but videogames . IFA’s director Jens Heithecker explains the reason behind the 3D boom.”
“3D will become home entertainment, I know there are doubters, but if you remember the implementation of HDTV, it was difficult to explain to consumers why it was necessary. It was difficult to get over the message a bigger screen needs a better image. 3D is easier…it’s a new dimension.”
The technology is moving forward, at IFA one can watch 3D without glasses. Manufacturers claim that with glasses the effect is clearer, because high tech glasses can close each lens alternatively for a fraction of a second, giving the 3D impression. 3D with the naked eye is less impressive, their are restrictions on the viewers movement’s, one can use eye tracking technology. But just how does it work?
Wander Bruijel is from technology giant Philips:
“3D without glasses is based on what we call a “lenticular lens,” which is a screen arranged of little angled lenses, which projects one image to the right eye and another to the left, giving the 3D effect.”
Sony presented a prototype of a 3D laptop. The company kept most of the technical details under wraps, but wearing glasses at work may not be to everyone’s taste. Why is a 3D laptop necessary?
Sony’s Tim Page elaborates:
“ We believe that 3D is not just something for the TV or living room, but also something you can enjoy on the road, in your office, or the bedroom for gaming, video play back and also picture viewing.”
But does the system cause eye fatigue? Tim Page claims not in all cases:
“ It’s a matter of getting used to it. Some people feel a sort of fatigue after one or two hours. Some have no problems watching a movie or games for eight to ten hours.”
Toshiba showcased a prototype TV that can be controlled by gesture recognition. An infrared camera captures your gestures and you can change channel and volume without touching the device.”
Also on show a real whopper the biggest 3D screen in the world 3,86 metres in length.