XpanD's one of the few companies building universal 3D products to work between 3DTVs of various makes. Earlier this year XpanD's X103s showed they were capable of making and selling universal glasses, but their personalization options stopped at color choice.
Not so any more, thanks to their new YOURNIVERSAL 3D glasses. Not only do they work across allo major brands of 3DTVs (supporting IR, Bluetooth, and DLP Link protocols), but these glasses supposedly adust their 3D parameters (like transition speed) specific to the wearer, compensating for facial structure and vision characteristics unique to the individual. The goal is to reduce things like ghosting and crosstalk when viewing 3D materials.
Of course, the only catch is that to tune the glasses to you, you need to use an app on your phone which will only initially be available on the iPhone 4 and Android.
The XpanD YOUNIVERSAL glasses will be available in black, gray and red in male and female sizes sometime in April. Price is unknown, but expect it to cost a bit more than the going rate of $129 on the X103s.
Update: Engadget HD's Richard Lawler got a chance to look at them in person (not use them unfortunately), and has some pictures from the booth. Well worth a look!
Full press release below:
XPAND Presents the World's First Personalized
3D Electronic Eyewear At CES 2011
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – XPAND today introduced the new YOUNIVERSAL series 3D electronic eyewear that optimizes the 3D experience by modifying the 3D parameters specifically for each user and for different 3D environments. The high-end electronic eyewear offers unprecedented personal optimization, full HD 3D performance, advanced interoperability between all 3D devices and market-leading comfort and style.
Using a specialized smart phone app, XPAND YOUNIVERSAL glasses can be optimized to address the fact that every human's eyes and facial structure are unique and that each user's viewing requirements and environment are different. Available in black, gray and red in male and female sizes, the new YOUNIVERSAL high-end glasses will begin shipping in April 2011 and will communicate with Infrared (IR), Bluetooth (BT), Radio Frequency (RF) and DLP-Link. The smart phone app will initially be available for Apple iPhone™ and Google Android™ platforms.
"The YOUNIVERSAL glasses put YOU in universal," said Maria Costeira, CEO of XPAND. "Recognizing that no two people view 3D in the exact same way, we have designed our electronic eyewear to comprehensively address the unique differences in people's vision, the viewing environment and selection of 3D devices. In doing so, we're creating the ultimate 3D experience!"
Artistically designed by the acclaimed Gigodesign studio, XPAND YOUNIVERSAL electronic eyewear provides remarkable comfort and style. XPAND's approach to the development of the YOUNIVERSAL glasses is one of no compromise. "The glasses feature the best-and only the best-innovations," Costeira added. "Every parameter from viewer optimization, interoperability, unit weight and comfort was evaluated and XPAND made groundbreaking improvements in every category. This new high-end product starts a new era of 3D lifestyle. XPAND proves once again that 3D quality is essential. Anything short of full HD 3D performance is a weak, unacceptable compromise!"
The new YOUNIVERSAL glasses are not simply the lightest active shutter 3D glasses in the marketplace, they're also the fastest by a significant margin. Moreover, their ability to operate across so many different communication protocols brings a new level of universality to the 3D experience. "XPAND is deeply committed to maximum 3D quality," said Ami Dror, XPAND's Chief Strategy Officer. "Only active 3D glasses can provide full HD 3D experiences, but this is only the first step in 3D evolution. Our YOUNIVERSAL 3D glasses are personally optimized to the individual human visual capabilities with maximum comfort and customizability that allows them to work in all modern 3D environments."
For more information on XPAND, please visit www.xpandcinema.com
The global leader in the 3D market, XPAND Universal 3D Glasses are the only 3D glasses that work with all the 3DTV brands and models, 3D computers, 3D gaming consoles and cinema. Its 3D glasses are affordable for cinema owners and home users while providing 3D quality that was originally available only at a professional cost. XPAND has the extraordinary combination of experienced and visionary leadership, state-of-the-art technology, and economies of scale that will provide a backbone for the cinema and consumer electronics industries as they further transition into the 3D future. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name. XPAND was created by industry veterans in theatrical exhibition, entertainment, film production and distribution, and specialty film and digital technologies and is funded by a European investment fund. XPAND technology is used by over 3,200 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries and is the 3D solution of choice for post-production houses, educational and professional 3D applications. XPAND designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution.
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