Most television manufacturers are making a big push into 3D technology as they try and get consumers to make the switch. The majority of new TVs coming to the market are 3D capable, but many consumers are ignoring them because of the cost, and the fact you have to wear glasses. This can become expensive if the whole family wants to watch content in 3D. But now the Toshiba 55-inch ZL2 TV looks to change all that, as glasses free 3DTV arrive.
Toshiba has showcased its new 3DTV at the IFA event in Berlin, and according to Electronista the set combine’s glasses free 3D with a display of 3,840 x 2,160 resolutions. It is not the first glasses free TV, but it is the first of this size that doesn’t need active shutter 3D glasses.
The ZL2 uses face-tracking technology instead, and can also convert 2D content to 3D. It promises to allow viewers to enjoy 3D images in a variety of positions around the screen, and to offer up to 9 different viewing positions. The unit detects viewer’s faces and adjusts the lenticular lenslets that create the 3D effect as needed.
Stereoscopic concept is used to provide two offset images to each viewer. Content is up scaled to 4K resolution via the TVs CEVO engine and Toshiba’s Resolution+ image enhancement tech. There is also an Auto Calibration feature that has a USB connected measuring sensor to achieve it.
Owners will also have the Toshiba Places feature that allows users to access the likes of YouTube, Facebook, and the BBC iPlayer. Multiple users can have their own settings on the TV thanks to the Personal TV option.
Users can also control the set from their smartphone thanks to Wi-Fi and a free remote control application for iOS. Owners can also record content to a connected USB drive via the recording option. There is a built-in Freeview HD tuner, and is also DLNA and Windows 7 compatible. You will find four HDMI ports, two USB port, and a built-in sub-woofer supplements the speakers.
The ZL2 is thought to be hitting Europe towards the end of 2011, but no information on pricing or release dates for the rest of the world have been announced. Would this set make you decide to finally get a 3DTV?