3-D movies are a recent trend that studios have used to try and get people back to the theaters. It is a gimmick that has no doubt worked. Now the 3-D experience hopes to move beyond the theaters and a home near you.
Many major television companies recently announced their intentions to release TVs that are capable of rendering 3-D images. A recent electronics expo featured such TVs, showing that it will not be too long before they begin popping up in family rooms everywhere.
While 3-D has been the flavor of the season, very few people have asked what sorts of practical applications this will have. For instance, will being able to view sports in 3-D really enhance the experience anymore, or will it turn it into some gimmicky thing with strange camera angles just because they can?
Will 3-D TVs make things more life-like and enjoyable? Probably. But the issue of practicality remains. In the past few years, TV manufacturers have managed to draw people into the resolution race with high-definition TVs. Now, it seems like it is just another avenue for them to sell TVs in this slumping economy.
Even though 3-D television might be some gimmicky move to get more people to buy TVs, there is still a very exciting aspect to this. 3-D TVs could very well mark a move toward the holograms of the future. As companies compete in this new market, it seems like it might be only a matter of time before what was once nothing more than fantasy, became reality.
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