Three-dimensional television technology was expected to be one of the major attractions at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, which is currently going on in Las Vegas. For the first few day of the show, and days/weeks preceding the show, we saw a piecemeal introduction of equipment and technology. DirecTV announced plans to offer a 3D channel; ESPN and Discovery announced plans for 3D channels, and LG showed off its 3D television set with a May market date.
Before Panasonic held its press conference yesterday, no one had quite taken the 3D bull by the horns. Panasonic didn't disappoint in that regard, and the company will be on every end of the 3D equation. It used its conference to showcase a variety of upcoming 3D products.
Not surprisingly, Panasonic will be releasing a series of 3D plasma screen televisions. The Viera Plasma V Series will be coming this spring and will include models in sizes from 50 to 65 inches. The television sets will include one pair of accompanying glasses, needed for the 3D effect, and will allow users to get full 1080p HD in 3D. The TVs will have a 5,000,000: 1 contrast ratio and will include a number of technologies like integrated Skype with webcam, built-in Wi Fi and VieraCast, Panasonic's Internet TV.
To accompany the new 3D televisions, Panasonic will also be offering the DMP-BDT350, a 3D Blu-ray Disc player. The player will debut at the same time as the TVs and will include an HDMI 1.4 port.
Of course, 3D television won't be any kind of advance without programming to watch on it and Panasonic is covering all angles on that front as well. Also part of its grand 3D introduction, the company's revolutionary twin-lens camera will shoot 3D footage in 1080p. The camera will hit the market in the fall for a made-to-order price around $21,000. Panasonic is also helping DirecTV launch its 3D channel, which will go live this summer.
Panasonic has certainly been busy this past year. Unfortunately, the company hasn't been busy calculating or releasing prices, so we still have no idea how much its 3D consumer hard goods will cost. That information will be crucial toward deciding just how attractive the new trend in home viewing is.