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Pixar’s 3D animated movie “Up” for 3DS in Japan

Posted on 30 December 2014 by admin

Pixar’s 3D animated movie “Up” is available for sale in Japan for the Nintendo 3DS. We reported on the possibility of Nintendo offering 3D movies for the 3DS a few years ago. I’m sure it was in their sights all along but content was just scarce. I think the 3D format is “The Future of Entertainment®” all the pieces are starting to fall in place.
A logical move given the number of available 3D Family Films. Disney and Nintendo released the 3D animated film on Christmas eve in Japan only.
No word yet if the 3D movie will be offered world-wide or even here in the Unites States. The movie cost about 3240 yen or about $27 US dollars, it’s a pretty steep price for a digital download.
But thing, it is in 3D and can be watched on your personal 3DS device which is pretty cool. Would be pretty cool to have your own personal 3D copy of Disney’s Pixar’s “Big Hero 6″.
Stay tuned more as we get it!

By: Steven D. Ito
Source: Gameranx;Nintendo Japan

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Toshiba Develops Glasses-Free 3D Television

Posted on 29 December 2014 by admin

Toshiba Develops Glasses-Free 3D Television:

Toshiba just announced it has developed a new technology for 3D displays that do not require the viewer to wear 3D glasses. The technology realizes a highly portable, compact display that the user can easily switch between 2D mode Ultra-High Def 4K and High Definition 3D. Toshiba will unveil their new Glasses-Free Technology at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Sow in Las Vegas, which runs from January 6th-9th.

Toshiba unveiled an earlier version of Glasses-Free 3D a few years ago but the early attempt though noted, as a breakthrough just didn’t produce an enjoyable viewing experience. Toshiba’s earlier Glasses Free 3D TV had a sweet spot and very limited viewing angles. There was a lot of cross talk in Toshiba’s earlier attempt.

According to the recent Toshiba press release the new Glasses-Free 3D Television will be a game changer. Moving forward Toshiba said that the new technology could be applied to screens of any size even mobile.

A few other companies will be announcing their versions of Glasses-Free 3D Televisions, which is said to be the Holy-Grail of Televisions if the electronics manufacture can get it right.

Not sure if Toshiba is in partnership with Dolby and Phillips. The later two formed a strategic partnership and have combined technologies to create a pretty impressive Glasses-Free 3D Television which I had the pleasure of experiencing first hand. Dolby’s 3D HD television was pretty impressive.

By: Steven D. Ito
Source: Business Wire Toshiba 3D

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Samsung VR and 3D

Posted on 19 December 2014 by admin

Online tech website Phandroid reports on Oculus Rift and the new Samsung VR device ability to play 3D movies.
The two cutting edge VR 3D tech gadgets are Future Proofing their devices by allowing the user
the capability to import and watch movies in the third dimension via virtual cinema mode. For a more detail on the process click on the Phandroid or Samsung VR link belowThe past four years we saw the highs and lows of 3D cinema. Even though the technology has been around for decades, current television electronic companies and film makers fumbled with the technology. A handful of film-makers seem to understand the artistic, immersive impact 3D could have on the viewer…but many are still to conservative in their use of the technology and in my opinion are missing key moments in which to utilize the new 3D technology. Many of the recent 3D releases felt as if you were looking through a window and watching a moment in time (not bad) as opposed to really immersing the audience in the scene, example Avatar’s “Tree of Souls,” truly a magical cinema moment. Glad to still see the tech giants and filmmakers still have 3D and VR firmly planted in their sights.

Steven D. Ito
Source: Phandroid, Samsung VR

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KickStarter Glasses-Free Mission Critical 3D Monitor

Posted on 01 December 2014 by admin

It’s been almost five years since the release of James Cameron’s 3D Avatar movie. The 3D movie proved so successful at the box-office that electronics manufactures saw the opportunity
to fill a void in what was predicted to one of the largest and most profitable electronics sectors in the world, 3D home entertainment. The rush to fill the home 3D entertainment void by global electronics manufactures
by the likes of Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, LG, Samsung and others proved to be somewhat of a failure. Most of the electronics manufactures rush to market to be first in proved fatal. Consumers were confused by the
early release of 3D televisions. The 3D televisions lacked a primary format. There was the active and passive 3D formats available from the different manufactures each claiming superiority over the next. The truth was that nobody really wanted to wear the cumbersome 3D glasses while at home. A few companies are exploring the auto-stereoscopic world (glasses-free 3D) they include, MasterImage, 3D Fusion, Dolby, Ultra D, and a handful of others. Digital Trends just reported on another company hoping to enter the glasses free 3D market if their campaign is successfully funded on KickStarter. A small R&D company based in Rochester New York that has worked for over 25 years in collaboration with NASA and the US Department of Defense among others think they have the solution to 3D at home. Dimension Technologies claims to have developed a glasses free 3D technology with no crosstalk, no sweetspots or head movement restrictions and multiple viewers. I had a chance to demo most of the models mentioned in the article except the newly announced DTI version. All were very promising but really only Dolby had that wow factor. The Dolby demo I saw looked to be a game change even though the 3D images were a little flat. I’ll keep you posted if I happen to get a hands on review of the new DTI Glasses-Free Mission Critical 3D display. For an in-depth review from the manufactures of the new DTI Glasses-Free Mission Critical 3D watch the video above.

Source: Mission Critical 3D Display, Digital Trends

BY: Steven D. Ito

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Intel’s® RealSense™ 3D Technology

Posted on 12 September 2014 by admin

3D technology when utilized properly is amazing guess we all saw that with Avatar. I’m glad to see tech leaders like Dolby and Intel and others explore the benefits of immersive 3D imagery and graphics. Intel® is coming to market soon with their Intel® RealSense™ 3D Camera. Per the companies website the RealSense™ 3D camera enables users new ways to interact in gaming, entertainment and content creation. Intel’s® new 3D camera features a full 1080p color with a best in class depth sensor. The 3D camera will give PC’s and tablets 3D vision for more immersive experiences.

Look for Intel’s RealSense™ 3D Technology being built into Windows 8 and 8.1 devices, including Ultrabooks, detachables, notebooks, All in one’s from Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo and NEC.

Look for Intel’s 3D capture to have a major impact on the explosive new 3D printing industry. We’ve been tracking the 3D printing market for quite sometime now. Look for upcoming articles on cool new innovations in the 3D printing area here as well in the coming months.

Source: Intel

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X Box One System adds 3D Update

Posted on 18 August 2014 by admin

Good news X Box One fans Microsoft is finally rolling out their update for 3D Blu-ray support.
Back in the days post Avatar, Microsoft was taking a wait and see with regards to the new 3D format. While score of major electronic manufactures jumped on the band wagon
a few electronics firms decided to wait in the wings and see if the format would actually gain traction. I guess we can say that Microsoft’s decision to add the August 3D software update is their confirmation that the 3D format is here to stay. Great news for 3D fans! I think there will be some amazing new games coming out soon that will support 3D and when the electronics manufactures finally release the auto stereo televisions sets…maybe we’ll have a resurgence and excitement in the 3D market as we did in 2010-2011.

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3D App Seene

Posted on 13 May 2014 by admin

From movies to 3D printing, the third dimension has captured the attention of artist, engineers, scientist and inventors across numerous fields.
One of those emerging new fields is 3D Imagining and capture. Tech company Obvious Engineering is the computer vision start-up company behind the 3D photo app Seene.
Seene was actually launched last year in October but has since garnered a lot of attention due to 3D printing and it’s million plus downloads. The company behind Seene is improving on the Smartphone 3app
with hopes of making the app more main stream, example converting your 2D images to 3D and maybe even an CAD file to print out your favorite 2D image in 3D form.
Check out the video above pretty awesome!

By: S.D. Ito
Source: Seene

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Amazon developing a 3D Smartphone

Posted on 14 April 2014 by admin

The latest 3D tech buzz is that Amazon’s 3D smartphone will be coming out sometime this year.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that a formal announcement will be made by Amazon sometime in June. Speculation is that Amazon will release their new 3D glasses-free smartphone sometime in September 2014.
We caught wind of the story and reported on Amazon’s potential entry into the highly competitive smartphone market sometime last year. We’re glad to see that the 3D auto-stereoscopic smartphone is becoming a reality.
The Amazon 3D smartphone is rumored to be embedded with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor could that mean a partnership with the 3D technology company MasterImage? Maybe Dolby?
For the past few years MasterImage has been at the forefront of glasses-free 3D movement on tablets and small hand-held devices. I was lucky enough to get a first hand glimpse of some of their early prototypes. though not perfect at the time I saw them…there was a steady improvement over the past couple of years. MasterImage’s current glass-free 3D is reported to be xlint with a much wider viewing angle. It’ll be interesting to see if others like Apple and Samsung add the Auto-stereo feature to their upcoming new smartphones. Glasses-free 3D is just around the corner. Tech giant Dolby is also working on glass-free 3D technology and is said to be in partnership with a number of manufactures for the next generation of HD glasses-free 3D televisions and also glasses-free 3D for the mobil and tablet market.
Shopping online looking at products in 3D…very cool! More to follow.

S.D. Ito

Source: Wall Street Journal

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Nintendo 3DS Gains Youtube Video App

Posted on 03 January 2014 by admin

The Nintendo 3DS is now able to play videos from Youtube. The new new app is available from the 3DS shop for North America and Europe. The 3DS already supports playback from Netflix and Hulu Plus. The Nintendo 3DS does support glasses-free 3D games the 3DS handheld device currently does not support 3D video playback fro the new app. If Nintendo wants to make a big splash in 2014 they need to come out with a new device that has a wider viewing angle and 3D video playback now that would be something!

Source: Nintendo,

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Mozilla’s New 3D Online Game

Posted on 14 December 2013 by admin

Today the Los Angeles Times reports that Mozilla Corp. unveiled on Thursday a version of “Monster Madness Online.”
The New 3D game is a multiplayer Zombie themed shooting video game that is built to run on Web browsers such as Firefox and Chrome.
The new offering is a way for web browser makers such as Google and
Mozilla to capture gamers in the multi-billion dollar video game industry. Google and Mozilla have been developing ways to play video games without the use of expensive gaming consoles.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the official launch of the new 3D online game will be in May 2014. For now the game won’t run on tablet’s or smartphone browsers.
The HTML5 port of Monster Madness uses only standard Web technologies so for now the game will run in any browser supporting the proper web browser standards. Trendy Entertainment’s CTO Jeremy Steiglitz, said he expects the game to work properly on high end smartphone and portable devices when it officially launches in May of 2014.

3D is “The Future of Entertainment®!”
By: Steven D. Ito
Source: Los Angeles Times

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Hammacher Schlemmer Glasses Free 3D Tablet

Posted on 11 December 2013 by admin

Hammacher Schlemmer releases a glasses free 3D tablet just in time for the 2013 holiday season. The auto-stereo tablet is available via the Hammacher Schlemmer website for $349.00. The company websites states that it is the only glasses free 3D tablet currently available on the market. Specs include an 8” screen, 16 GB of internal storage
Well, we’re not sure if the Hammacher Schlemmer’s 3D tablet is the only one on the market. NEO3DO was released earlier this year and it’s also a glasses free 3D tablet. The NEO3DO was initially launched on the crowd funding website Kickstarter. There are actually a few glasses free 3D tablets currently on the market another 3D tablet is the Commander3D.
Anyway keep them coming we love 3D!
A quick flashback to December 2009 and a little film called Avatar that sort of started the current 3D movement.
James Cameron’s ground breaking 3D movie Avatar released in late 2009 was a game changer for the entire film and electronics industry. After the films release it seemed that just about every other movie was deceptively advertised as the next great 3D movie. Not far behind television manufactures also jumped on the 3D bandwagon and trailing slightly behind them were manufactures of portable devices claiming their 3D device was The Future of Entertainment®. LG released a 3D smart phone the LG Optimus 3D, which I actually purchased for my son but soon returned the device due to eyestrain and cross-talk and blurry 3D images.
As early as 2011 and 2012 a few manufactures hit the scene at events like the 2011-2012 CES and various 3D conferences displaying prototypes of their version of glasses-free 3D. One company which I actually contacted about a month ago to do a follow up with their release of glasses-free 3D devices was MasterImage. MasterImage did not respond to our request for an interview. I saw MasterImages glasses free 3D tablet and smartphone prototypes; the images were good but not great.
Some of the other glasses free 3D devices that I have seen including Nintendo’s 3DS have very limited viewing angles. The 3DS works great and it’s a lot of fun when your viewing position is dead center but viewing at an angle the image becomes blurry.
Dolby is another company entering the auto-stereo market with very positive response from reviewers including myself. Dolby known to most as a premium audio company has also been in the display business for many years. Dolby partnered with Phillips and is currently licensening their version of glasses free 3D to various non disclosed manufactures (as of this printing) which can be embedded into numerous devices including smart phones, tablets, televisions, and computer screens.
I was on hand and had the opportunity to test out their prototype; I have to say it was pretty impressive. I had a very difficult time finding a bad angle while watching viewing their glasses free 3D content. The only flaw I have to say is that the image was a little flat…but definitely a game changer.
If Hammacher Schlemmer licensed their glasses free 3D technology from Dolby I definitely purchase one.
By: Steven D. Ito
Source: Hammacher Schlemmer, Dolby, NEO3DO

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Skype confirms 3D Video Calls!

Posted on 03 September 2013 by admin

The BBC reports that Skype is celebrating 10 years of virtual communication. In an exclusive interview with Microsofts’s corporate vice-president for Skype, Mark Gillett. The following is an excerpt from the interview regarding Skype’s involvement into 3D video chat. “We’ve done work in the labs looking at the capability of 3D screens and 3D capture,” said Mark Gillett.
The BBC interview with Mark Gillett of Skype seems to suggest that the interest in 3D video conferencing is there but the technology on the hardware side is lagging a bit. The next excerpt is also from the BBC article. “We’ve seen a lot of progress in screens and a lot of people now buy TVs and computer monitors that are capable of delivering a 3D image. “But the capture devices are not yet there. We have it in the labs, we know how to make it work and we’re looking at the ecosystem of devices and their capability to support it in order to make a decision when we might think about bringing something like that to market.”
Remember we also reported earlier that Amazon was tinkering with a glasses-free 3D smartphone and companies like Dolby and MasterImage and DDD are readying glasses free delivery devices for the consumer market.
Just announced today Sept. 2nd 2013, DDD extends it’s TriDef 3D license to China’s Chongqing JOMVS Photoelectricity company for it’s glasses free 3D tablets and 3D devices. More to follow.

By: Steven D. Ito

Source: BBC

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3D Device for iPhone on Kickstarter

Posted on 27 June 2013 by admin

A new project called “Poppy” just launched today on Kickstarter. The Kickstarter project reached it’s goal of $40,000 on it’s first day out. “Poppy” turns your iPhone into a 3D video camera and 3D sharing device. A couple of tech savvy inventors out of Seattle
came up with the cool device that will allow the user to both capture and share 3D video and photos via your iPhone 4, 4S, 5 and the fifth generation iPod touch.

The device looks similar to the original 3D viewing device that we’ve all grown up with the “ViewMaster. The “ViewMaster” seems to have been part of the inspiration for the upcoming new “Poppy.” The device works by utilizing mirrors and optics in a clever and exacting way that will allow the user to simply view 3D video and photos through the viewfinder accompanied by your iPhone or 5th gen-ipod touch.

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XBox One to Support 3D and 4K Content

Posted on 24 May 2013 by admin

The X Box One is the next generation gaming console from Microsoft. The X Box One is built with some future proofing in mind. The new console
can do some things we may not be quite ready for, like 4K playback. Microsoft has also given the console the the ability to support 3D visuals. 3D
support was kept under wraps by Microsoft until XBox spokesman Larry Major Nelson, mentioned it in a Wednesday Yahoo chat session.
Microsoft is trying to position the new X Box One as the central hub for home entertainment. The X Box will have some competition from both Sony with it’s new PS4 and from Nintendo with their new Wii U. It’s great to see that Microsoft is on board now with 3D entertainment. Just a few years ago, post Avatar Microsoft did’t lend much support to the new 3D technology. It’s great to see that they are on board now. It signifies a strong vote of confidence in 3D entertainment.

Source: The Verge

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Amazon Smartphone Glasses Free 3D

Posted on 12 May 2013 by admin

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Amazon is working on two different smartphones and an audio steaming device. One of the smartphones will feature glasses-free 3D capabilities. The device is said to use retina-tracking technology, images would seem to float above the screen like a hologram and appear in 3D at multiple angles. Hopefully it will be an improvement over the lenticular based type screen that the Nintendo 3DS currently uses. I’ve seen a few glasses-free 3D demos at the 2012 CES and at a 2012 3D convention, the technology is getting better with each new generation of the demonstrated devices. MasterImage was one of the earlier companies promoting glasses free 3D, I first saw the MasterImage demo in 2011. It was a great early attempt at glasses-free 3D, almost but not quite there yet. MasterImages 2012 demo looked pretty good, incredibly promising. I was very impressed with the Dolby/Phillips Glasses-free 3D technology. The glasses-free Dolby 3D was sharp and clear from multiple angles. Dolby’s glasses-free 3D is going to be a game changer and a must have device. Will Amazon be licensing the Dolby/Phillips glasses-free 3D technology to use in their new 3D smartphone or is Amazon developing their own technology for their upcoming glasses-free smartphone? More when I get it. The WSJ reported that no word if any of Amazon’s newly announced new devices will actually hit the market and if so…which product it’ll be.
Amazon has a strong pulse on the 3D entertainment market. Directly tracking the growing number of 3D blu-ray movies available for sale and also the number of 3D films in development and in pre-production via their subsidiary IMDB. The amount of 3D content is growing at an incredibly fast pace. If Amazon can pull it off it’ll have a definite winner on it’s hand. But it has to be perfect glasses-free 3D to make a dent in the crowded smartphone market.

By: Steven D. Ito

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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iPhone 3D Rumor!

Posted on 21 March 2013 by admin

Is it finally here? The long awaited 3D iPhone. Rumors are swirling again but this time there seems to be a bit of substance behind some of the gossip. Today, electronics firm Hewlett-Packard revealed a new three-dimensional display (See top photo) that could revolutionise and transform the 3D device delivery industry. Medical devices, gaming, and smartphones including the upcoming new iPhone…could benefit from HP’s newly announced three-dimensional display? The possible correlation, according to Patently Apple, a patent has just been granted today Tuesday March 19, 2013 to Apple. The patent granted to Apple is for it’s invention relating to synchronised, interactive augmented reality displays for multifunctional devices or iDevices. A 3D iPhone? Could this be the Holly Grail that all of us 3D enthusiast have been waiting for. If the 3D iPhone is not released as the next generation iPhone, I would hope that Apple would come out with one soon. 3D content is growing, 3D features, online short videos and 3D photos. The consumer just needs a portable glasses free viewing device that’s a step or two above the Nintendo 3DS, in the form of an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy would be nice!

Source: Dailymail

By: Steven D. Ito

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Supports 3D

Posted on 13 October 2012 by admin

Activision and LG team up on the release of Black Ops 2 3D. With the launch of the new Black Ops 2 fans will receive a discount from LG if they purchase both an LG Cinema 3D TV and the new Call of Duty Black Ops 2 game. The promotion will run from November 13 to Novemember 21.
James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing with LG Electronics USA, Inc. said LG was excited to be part of this historic launch of Call of Duty Black Ops 2.

Starting today fans of Call of Duty Black Ops 2 will be able to check out the new trailer in 3D at local Best Buys.

The current press release and online articles tout the seamless intergration of the new Call of Duty Black Ops 2 in 3D with the new LG Cinema 3D TV, but I’m sure the game will work just as well on 3D TVs that support active shutter glasses.
Its great to see that such an important game franchise such as Call of Duty is going 3D. It siginals and solidifies the position and attitudes of major gaming and electronics manufactures toward the future of 3D. Looks good!
Give us your thoughts on 3D gaming.

By: Steven D. Ito

source: activision, LG

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Sharp Introduces World’s Largest 3D HDTV

Posted on 22 June 2012 by admin

Sharp is aimming to be the King of the premium 3D HDTV market. Toms guide reports that on Tuesday Sharp announced that it has shipped the world’s largest 3D HDTV at 90 inches. We reported in Janurary that LG released a 72″ 3D “Smart TV and at that time LG was the record holder.
The newly released Sharp AQUOS LED TV (model LC-90LE745U) is nearly 4 feet tall and almost 6 feet 8 inches wide.

By: Steven D. Ito

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New Designer 3D Glasses by OSKAV

Posted on 24 May 2012 by admin

Post Avatar, a slew of poorly executed 3D movies cluttered theater’s. Critics and movie-goer’s alike thought movies in the 3D format was just a passing fad and a way for studios to make a quick buck. But luckily for consumers, many filmmakers saw the genius behind James Cameron’s use of the new 3D technology and decided to give the 3D format a go. Hugo, Avengers 3D, Arthur Christmas, The Lorax (stunning 3D), Madagascar 3D, Brave 3D,The Amazing Spiderman and the highly anticipated Prometheus 3D from Ridley Scott are just a few titles that have helped solidify the future of 3D filmmaking.

Ok so here’s the question… with all these amazing 3D tentpoles pics hitting the big screen do we still have to wear those uncomfortable free 3D glasses? The answer is NO! Thanks to companies like Oskav a european based designer eyewear company.
I have to say their collection of passive 3D glasses look great! You can order direct from the company which is one of the ways Oskav is able to offer designer 3D glasses at an affordable price.
We’re waiting to get our hands on some actual product and we’ll let you know what we think.

Below is a sample image from their collection and one of my favorites. To see more of the Oskav collection visit… Oskav.

We haven’t seen the glasses in person yet. But the crew here at NowPlaying3D R digging Oskav’s style.
Stay tuned. Let us know your thoughts. Thanks.

All images in this article are property of OSKAV.


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The New LG Optimus 3D Max For 2012

Posted on 01 April 2012 by admin

LG Optimus 3D Max – product synopsis 4-1-12

LG Optimus 3D Max
LG’s Optimus 3D Max (known as the Optimus 3D Cube in some countries) is LG’s second version of a glasses-free 3D phone, since last year’s LG Optimus 3D. The Optimus 3D Max will have a dual core 1.2 GHz processor, 8GB of storage, dual 5MP cameras which can shoot 3D video, an Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS and a brighter WVGA 4.3” display in a compact 9.8 mm shell, making it thinner and lighter than last year’s model. The LG Optimus 3D Cube, is expected to hit markets in March 2012, with Korea being first, followed by Europe with the Optimus 3D Max, with the rest of the markets to follow. Release dates and MSRP have not been announced, though it is expected to come out in Q2 2012. It’s great that LG is committed to the 3D marketplace.


Source: LG

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