What Will Need to Change for 3D to Break Through?
Television has been around for nearly a century, and through the years it has seen many advancements. From black and white to color, and then upgrades in resolution and picture quality, the most recent being an upgrade to "high definition" or HDTV. The next logical step for the television industry is 3D, and manufacturers have begun to roll out prototypes. Like new technologies of the past, some catch on and some will fail. So what does 3D television need to provide in order to succeed in the electronics market?
This is the number one problem almost all consumers have with the new 3D television sets. Its bad enough going to a 3D movie and having to wear special glasses to enjoy the experience, and nobody wants to do it when they are at home watching their favorite show, sports team, or movie. To make matters worse, the number of sets of glasses you have for your television restricts the amount of people you can have over to enjoy the experience with you. What about people who wear corrective lenses to start with? They would have to wear contacts whenever they want to watch, or try to squeeze the 3D glasses over top of their current set of eyewear. It is simply not practical to be using glasses for watching television.
3D television has to provide a realistic experience. The old 3D movies with blue and red lensed glasses were very gimmicky and relied on the effect of images flying out at the audience to evoke a positive reaction. The newer "realD" glasses enhance the viewer's experience by instead adding depth to the picture, allowing a person to feel as though they are viewing the scene live from the perspective of the camera(s). If this look can be made even more seamless, the viewer can really get lost in the show and it will truly be an optimal experience.
There are reports that the new 3D movies will make some people nauseous due to motion sickness. In this case, its possible 3D will never work for them, and they will have to stick with regular television. This means it doesn't make sense to switch entirely to 3D programming. However, it may also be the case that not having to wear glasses to enjoy 3D will eliminate this issue for those viewers. I personally find that the glasses make my eyes hurt for the first 30-60 mins of a movie, sometimes ruining that viewing experience for me altogether.
By tweaking the 3D filming process to make it even more real, and more importantly, eliminating glasses from concept, I believe 3D will become the future of television in the home. Of course it will be costly until it becomes mainstream, as all technologies are, but eventually 3D televisions could be as commonplace as color televisions are today.