One Pair To Rule Them All: Why Monster Video 3D Glasses Will Help Unify TVs

Last Updated Jun 28, 2010 7:15 AM EDT

From the World Cup to Panasonic's impressive TVs, 3D tech now has the delivery model as well as the content. However, the deliverers are doing the proprietary dance: Panasonic, Toshiba and other manufacturers are insuring that their televisions only do 3D with their glasses. Monster Vision actually has a slightly less expensive solution that could push corporations into a standard.

Mark Wilson at Gizmodo:

Their Vision Max 3D glasses promise universal compatibility on all 3D TVs -- which is fantastic -- but you'll need to use Monster's base station to make said TVs work with the glasses.

$250 buys you a base station (transmitting shutter sync information over 2.4GHz) and one pair of glasses. $180 buys you an extra pair of glasses.

The glasses aren't cheap at all: It is $790 for a family of four. The principle, however, is rock solid and will be a popular alternative to riskier living room investments. Here's why: To make a serious foothold, Monster Video will have to drop the price and, more importantly, keep the technology compatible with the no-doubt many 3D formats coming this year. Worse case scenario, Monster Video has paved the way for a more cost-friendly company to create a universal standard.

Photo courtesy of Lucas Hoyas.