Stream TV Unveils Glasses-Free 2160p 3DTVJanuary 8, 2013 By Howard Whitman
Specialty TV provider Stream TV believes it has effectively addressed what is probably the No. 1 consumer complaint about 3DTV in the home: the glasses. At a press conference held prior to the 2013 CES Show on Jan. 7 in Las Vegas, the company announced its new Ultra D 2160p technology, which it claims provides an authentic, full-bodied 3D home television experience without glasses at 2160p resolution.
Stream TV CEO Mathu Rajan presented the company's new proprietary technology, claiming it was as revolutionary a change to television as the transition from black and white to color.
According to Rajan, most 3D systems currently on the market achieve the three-dimensional effect one of two ways: either through stereoscopic viewing, which splits images and creates the illusion of 3D by sending different information to each eye; or the barrier method, which, in effect, blocks out certain objects in the background of scenes to “push” other elements up and create the appearance of depth.
“True 3D should look like you're looking through a window,” Rajan said, and that was his company's goal in creating Ultra D 2160p.
Ultra D, according to Rajan, will be fully adjustable by the user, who can determine the degree of “pop” they want their picture to have.
Rajan also said Ultra D sets and convertors will be able to upconvert 1080p content to 2160p 3D, giving it “250 percent more depth and 'pop' compared to 1080p 3D panels.”
The Ultra D 2160p technology will also work with satellite services, digital TV signals, and Web content such as Facebook, Skype, Hulu and Netflix.
Stream TV has partnered with Pegatron, a manufacturer that currently makes the iPhone 5, iPad mini and Microsoft Surface products, to manufacture Ultra D display sets and convertors.
The company has also partnered with Hisense, a China-based retailer that will sell this line of products in China and around the world.
The first Ultra D devices will be 60- and 50-inch TVs offering true 2160p resolution. Also planned are 50- and 42-inch sets with 1080p panels providing real-time conversion to 2160p.
Stream TV also plans to offer tables, phones and laptops providing 2160p 3D.