Monday, April 26, 2010

3D - the future of home entertainment?

Reading this highly entertaining interview with James Cameron over the weekend, I got thinking about 3D TVs and how our future living rooms are going to look. 

It's funny - up to 2 years ago, 3D seemed like a washed-up experiment from the 1970s and 80s. The only 3D films I'd seen were Jaws 3D and Friday the 13th 3D, neither of which were very good advertisements for the format. Apart from the fact that the effects themselves looked crappy, the 3D tricks were shoehorned into the plots. They didn't so much add to the pictures as distract from the terrible dialogue and acting. 

Flash forward to this year and Up and Avatar blowing everyone away. Now 3D TV is only 12 months away from domestic reality and the reach of any household. For the moment, any household with more than a grand to spend on a TV, but it's only a matter of time before the prices come down. Plus Sky is about to launch a 3D TV channel.

So here's my question - and forgive me if I'm being blonde about this - but doesn't this mean that you would have to sit in your living room wearing 3D glasses (to take total advantage of the format)? Should someone be starting a business making little cabinets to house all the family's 3D specs? Is it not slightly disconcerting to have a whole sitting room of people wearing 'em?

Or is this just the future - and it's about to be widely distributed....

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