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Sony Teams Up with Samsung, Panasonic and Xpand to Create 3D Glasses Standard

August 9, 2011 Written by Alex Osborn

In an effort to unify 3D technology, some of the biggest names in the electronics business are teaming up to create a 3D glasses standard. This collaboration, dubbed the “Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative” will bring Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and Xpand together to develop radio frequency system 3D active glasses tech that will serve as the industry’s standard.

According to Sony’s official report, Panasonic’s general manager of Media & Content Alliance Office Masayuki Kozuka explained their reason for this collaboration:

Panasonic has been working to standardize 3D glasses technologies, and in March, we announced a joint licensing of IR system protocols with XPAND, backed by several participant companies. We are very pleased that today’s latest collaboration will incorporate our previous concept into these new standardization efforts. We hope the expanded collaboration on this 3D standardization initiative will make a significant contribution toward accelerating the growth of 3D-related products.

The license for this initiative is expected to launch next month, with universal glasses expected to launch sometime next year. In addition, the glasses are planned on being backwards compatible with older active 3D-enabled TV sets.

For more on 3D, be sure to read our extensive interview with PlayStation’s 3D boss, Mick Hocking.