|CES 2011 Preview|
|Home Theater Feature Articles Other|
|Written by Dick Ward|
|Monday, 03 January 2011|
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The Consumer Electronics Show is just a couple days away, and there's plenty of excitement going into it. It's a time for big announcements, exciting technologies and perhaps the part we all look forward to - new product launches. Every CES is different and every CES brings something new. It's like Christmas day for the industry. Each booth is like a present under the tree just waiting to be opened. Sometimes you get exactly what you wanted, sometimes there's a surprise and sometimes you get reindeer socks from your weird aunt.
Designer 3D glasses are going to make a strong presence at this year's CES and we'll have plenty to say about whether they actually help to improve the picture as companies like Oakley and Gunnar claim. The launch of passive 3D glasses seemed trivial at first, but with the new "Theater 3D" televisions on the way they're starting to look far more appealing. Don't like wearing glasses to get your content? Don't worry, glasses-free displays are on the way. We won't be seeing Nintendo's 3DS despite early rumors, but you can expect to see glasses-free displays from a few companies, including one handheld set from LG. Don't expect a large scale glasses-free set anytime soon though, they seem to be relegated to the 10 inch and down category for now.
Of course, none of that matters without content. Not that exclusive stuff either - 3D isn't going to take off unless everyone can get their hands on the latest and greatest. We're hoping for some big content announcements at this year's show. We've had 3D as a "Miss" two years in a row in our CES wrap-up, but with so many companies pushing it so hard and so much new technology behind it this might be the year 3D finally becomes a "Hit."