IBM has announced a new and affordable 3D video system that works with normal DLP (Digital Light Processing) televisions.

Before now, 3D video systems would set you back at least $1,800 while the price of IBM’s new system is expected to be only $1000 – if only a grand sounds cheap to you.



This “black box” device can be connected to any DLP projector or television via the common VESA (Video Experts Standards Association) 3 pin stereo connector.



IBM demonstrated the new system on a 50-inch, flat-screen Texas Instruments rear-projection digital television at the 22nd annual Flat Information Displays conference held in San Francisco this month.



“This was on the drawing board for about two years and now we’re at the conceptual proof-of-concept stage. We are here to look for a manufacturing partner to bring the technology to market,” said Jim Santoro, a technology license program manager from IBM’s office in Poughkeepsie near IBM’s corporate headquarters in Armonk, New York.



IBM tends to develop cutting edge technology and then license it to third party manufactures rather than build and sell finished products. This strategy allows them to keep pouring funds in to basic research and cutting edge technology. It also permits wide dissemination of it’s technologies throughout the industry increasing chances for permanent adoption over competing technologies.



Exact details concerning the 3D technology – still unnamed – were not forthcoming, but the company spokesperson said it was compatible with OpenGL and Direct Draw – both software components of the Microsoft Windows operating system that allow programmers to manipulate video for computer games.



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