09.21.2009 12:00 PM
TVB Tech Alert: HDI Unveils Laser 3DTV
HDITV4LOS GATOS, CALIF.: Silicon Valley start-up HDI has unveiled its laser, hi-def 3DTV. The company demonstrated its prototype for reporters in the Bay Area last week. The TV is said to refresh at 1080 Hz, more than twice rate of the latest high-end sets for far smoother images. HDI chief technology officer Edmund Sandberg said the set delivers “1920 by 1080 lines, all the time, to your eye, and in parallel.”

(Several reports say the model was a 100-inch display, but it certainly didn’t appear to be eight feet across in the accompany still grabbed from KGO-TV’s video.)

HDITV1The demonstration set was a projection model, but Sandberg told the San Francisco Chronicle the technology can be worked into “enclosed displays.” The TV sets are expected to be ready for production in the next 18 months, in a price range of between $10,000 and $15,000 for a 100-incher.

More on 3DTV:
3D is Coming to Your Living Room,” from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Startup Unveils 100-inch 3D Laser TV,” video coverage from KGO-TV.

September 14, 2009: 3D is It at IBC
“Nagravision is showing a 3D program guide and Viaccess is showing 3D conditional access. The IBC Innovation Awards Ceremony featured 16 minutes in 3D of James Cameron’s upcoming feature ‘Avatar,’ and David Wood of the EBU said that ‘3D programming should come with a health warning.’ Sky TV is showing 3D, and the person giving out the glasses there said it gave her a headache.”

September 2, 2009: Sony Announces 3D Home Initiative
Sony announced this week that it plans to introduce a consumer-ready 3D TV set next year, as well as build 3D capability into many of its consumer electronics, encompassing music, movies and video games.

August 24, 2009: 3DTV Goes on the Road
The 3D video movement is getting a major push from blue aliens under the creative direction of James Cameron, world-conquering director of “Titanic.” Cameron teamed up with Panasonic to promote his upcoming film, “Avatar.”

July 30, 2009:3DTV Launch Set for 2010
BSkyB now plans to launch its 3D channel next year according to British sources. The satellite TV provider successfully delivered 3D content over its hi-def infrastructure earlier this year.

July 22, 2009
: “Industry Forging Ahead with 3D Amid Questions
“Some members fear de facto, non-open standards, for first-generation broadcast 3DTV will result from the technology decisions made by first providers. These are likely to be pay-TV operators, keen to differentiate their platform and consumer proposition. Technology decisions made by these players may not suit the current or future needs of free-to-air broadcasters.”

April 6, 2009: Live 3DTV Debuts in United Kingdom
BSkyB successfully transmitted live 3DTV across it’s systems in the United Kingdom. The satellite TV provider telecast a live transmission of a performance by the band Keane from London’s Abbey Road studios Thursday, April 2.

March 9, 2009
: “More 3DTV Developments
BSkyB continues plowing toward 3DTV, with a goal to offer it by the end of the year. Digital Spy reports that the chief Sky engineer said recently the plan was still on track to transmit 3D video content via the system’s existing HD infrastructure and set-top boxes.

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Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Mon, 09-21-2009 05:49 PM Report Comment
From a publication that supposedly covers the television broad industry, the article's writer is clearly having a hard time grappling with the concept of a display's refresh rate as opposed to the number of scan lines employed. 1080 Hz you say? Wow, that's a fast refresh rate, and it's a way lot more than twice the rate of current high end LCD flat panels (240 Hz). I wonder if TVB has copy editors who even know what an HDTV set looks like, much less how they work.
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Tue, 09-22-2009 10:56 AM Report Comment
The TV is said to refresh at 1080 Hz....? Lines, fields, frames, pixels? That statistic is meaningless unless what is being refreshed 1080 times per second.
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Tue, 09-22-2009 11:29 AM Report Comment
If it doesn't look like it's 8' wide, that's because a 100" screen is only about 7' wide.
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Tue, 09-22-2009 03:29 PM Report Comment
Doesn't look seven feet either. There are no more copy editors employed anywhere, as far as I know. The 1080 Hz (common display metric) refresh rate-though seemingly sci-fi high, was widely reported.
Posted by: Deborah McAdams
Fri, 09-25-2009 02:44 PM Report Comment
Maybe they just measure the size differently, in this case they use the perimeter. Let's see, 25+25+25+25 = 100". Easy.

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