3D-capable television sets are slowly but surely trickling down to mainstream consumers, and it usually goes without saying that consumer electronic devices need to have a certain visual appeal in order to do well in the market. And Samsung seems to have taken this knowledge to heart with its latest range of 3D glasses, which are thin yet trendy enough to (almost) pass off as everyday eyewear.
Currently, the only way to enjoy 3D images on a television set is to put on a pair of active-shutter glasses which can simulate the effect. Of course, this method comes with its own set of problems: the heavy glasses are only available in fixed sizes, which means that children are the most likely to experience discomfort during use. And the fact that their design resembles the ancient spectacles from the 1930s does not do much for its image.
Since it is not possible to do a complete redesign of the bulky active-shutter glasses to make it look more un-nerdish, Samsung has seemingly opted for another method to reduce part of the glasses’ bulk and weight. And it has done so by dropping the main body on the glasses in favor of a thin, lightweight and flexible material, as shown in the image below.
Granted, it looks like a normal pair of 3D glasses mounted on a flexible band, but Samsung claims that this new design is aimed at reducing unnecessary cost. This is because the flexible frame allows for a best fit on all users, regardless of head size and age. In theory, this means that users no longer have to purchase special-sized glasses for children only for them to outgrow it later, which in turn lowers the initial cost of investing in a 3D television set.
In addition, the 3D glasses’s new design reveals that the battery has moved to the rear of the glasses instead of being stuffed near the lenses. According to Samsung, this results in a near perfect 50-50 weight distribution ratio between the front and rear of the glasses, and has a huge part to play in user comfort. The company claims that this all but eliminates the issue of having the old and heavy 3D glasses slipping off the bridge of one’s nose. Last but not least, the device is said to support wireless charging, and a sensor helps to conserve the glasses’ battery power by reportedly turning off the power when it detects the glasses being taken off.
Unfortunately, Samsung has not released any further details about their new 3D glasses, so its expected retail price and release date is still up in the air for speculation. That being said, the company has confirmed that the glasses will be having its day in this month’s upcoming CES, so it is likely that more information will be released then.