Philips and Vizio to use XpanD 3D Glasses 
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Written by Dick Ward   
Friday, 05 March 2010

I was really hoping that the 3D transition would be nice and easy.  For the most part, it seems like it still will be.  There’s a 3D standard for Blu-rays, and all the HDMI confusion seems to have been straightened out, which puts us on the right track.  Glasses though, are a problem.

When Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and Toshiba all decided to go with RealD as the active shutter glasses provider of choice, it seemed like we were well on the way to a 3D glasses standard.  Vizio, and now Philips though, have chosen to go with XpanD.

It’s not just a brand difference; each company uses a different method of sending data.  The RealD glasses use infrared to communicate, while XpanD uses Bluetooth.  It’s a questionable choice, since Bluetooth is typically less power efficient.  It’s also got the added downside of being incompatible with the more widely adapted format, which will likely lead to a good deal of consumer confusion.

XpanD’s CSO Ami Dror speaks incredibly highly of the glasses. “XpanD's active 3D technology can be scientifically proven as superior to competitive offerings in the active realm,” she says.   We won’t know whether there’s a significant difference or not until reviews start coming in.  It seems telling though, that the 3D crazy Samsung has chosen RealD.

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