TV, its changing.
There has been so many new and better additions to TV in the last couple of years. It seems you need to be an engineer to figure it all out, and now there is 3DTV.
Yip, you all saw Avatar, in 3D, it was cool. But let's just take a few steps back....
How does 3D work?
3 D video basically transmits two pictures, one for each eye. The 3D glasses block one picture per eye, and your brain does the rest. So it works like actual depth perception in the real world. Because your eyes are slightly apart, each eye sees a slightly different picture, and from this info you brain can calculate the depth. Ever try to catch a ball with one eye closed? that’s 2D TV land. Johny Depp has some problem in one of his eyes, so he could not see Alice in Wonderland in 3D, even though he was in it, in 3D.
The 3D glasses are basically clever poloriods. Anyhow.....
Do you want it?
Seeing as everybody is quiting facebook, you may want to find something else to do with your spare time, and 3D TV may be a good replacement for Facebook, but let's look at some pros and cons:
Everybody watching the game/movie or whatever at your house will need to buy the 3D glasses and all of you will look like idiots. But of course, this is just another new niche to make supporter styled 3D glasses etc., so this is not the biggest problem.
People with glasses have the added irritation of wearing the 3D glasses over their regular ones, making them look like bigger idiots (it's dark in the movies, but not at home nê). Luckily for them you now get 3D contact lenses. But who knows when those will be available in SA....
The biggest problem however seems to be....SABC and friends
South African networks seem unsure if they want to really give 3D a go. We can guess that only DsTV will really give us 3D, and then only limited programming. So just like in the case of HD, while it is really nice, I doubt if it is worth it yet. I'm guessing there are many problems yet to address, and I would like to see the technology mature before I'm going to be spending thousands of rands.
Who is pushing for 3D TV?
People are, strangely enough, talking about the benefits of 3D in sports and porn. Yip, porn...but that is not applicable seeing as porn will soon be banned from South Africa, even if it is a sport of sorts. In sports I don't really see why you would want 3D, a boring game is a boring game, a good game is a good game. Sports are watched because they are emotional, not because of the visual impact. IF you saw Sulk Burger after the Stormers lost to the bulls in Soweto you would know what I mean with emotional. So in my opinion sports are not a good reason for 3D.
Blue ray is 3D ready, and this is probably where it will come to its full potential. With the bandwidth available on Blue Ray, the added information of a 3D signal is not a problem and I think movies on Blue Ray in 3D will be pretty cool. Just remeber so save to buy the matching surround sound....
So why would I get 3D TV?
Personally I think the place where they should focus their attention is on 3D games. First person shooter type games are already programmed in virtual 3D worlds, adding this technology will greatly enhance the gaming experience, and hey, you already look like an idiot waving your console in the air.
Imagine the added reality it will lend to Wii games. This could really work.
So, while I don't think 3D TV for broadcast TV will really catch on soon, I believe the future for gaming in 3D could really be bright. I think for most South Africans 3D TV will remain way in the future. If I had R40 000 lying around I would rather spend it on a holiday and experience actual 3D that you cant touch. But for those who really have everything, I strongly suggest you get 3D for your home theatre and install it on your yacht (-;