3D Years Away, Says Panasonic
In an interview at CEATEC, the Japanese trade show, Panasonic President Fumio Ohtsubo said the effort to establish 3D in television is "very ambitious" and that he expected "three or four years" to pass before it bears fruit. When that happens, he expects it to spread to both big and small sets, and may operate without glasses.
At the same trade show, several other manufacturers showed 3D HDTVs including Mitsubishi, Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba. LG and Samsung are also preparing 3D. Mitsubishi has already offered 3D in DLP rear-projection sets for some time. Sony has announced plans to sell 3D sets in 2010.
One thing holding them all back is a lack of standards. CEA and SMPTE are among the groups trying to work out an industry-wide standard for 3D television.