How quickly fashions change. Last year active-shuttered glasses for seeing 3D were all the rage, but this year companies seem poised to forgo the glasses, especially when it comes to 3D TVs. In December, IEEE Spectrum described the basics for “3D without the four eyes"—or autostereoscopic displays—and this week we hope to see at CES some major attempts. Toshiba is already selling glasses-free TVs in Japan, and we expect that on Thursday we’ll see larger 56- and 65-inch versions. According to Forbes, LG Electronics will also reveal an autostereoscopic model, a 31 inch 3D “OLED” TV.
But spectacles fans shouldn’t dismay. Although Sony also prepared some 3D autostereoscopic TV “prototypes” for its press preview on Wednesday night—another of their prototypes took an entirely different tack. Instead of getting rid of the shades, it gets rid of the screen. A company spokesperson said they predict the visor (pictured above) might come in handy for both watching 3D movies and playing more realistic video games.