How to Distribute 3D to Old HDTVs
Just Add Power’s 3D Manager converts old HDTVs with an HDMI port into 3D-enabled display.
Also, overall comfort was much better. 60Hz means breaking the video down to about 30 frames per second for each eye, which is much easier on the eyes.
How about a BIG issue with traditional 3D: Crosstalk. With JAP’s solution, crosstalk was less bothersome than it tends to be with traditional 3D implementations.
Normally, once a source sees a 2D display in a single or shared use, the 3D functionality is turned off.
Some companies such as Atlona have overcome this challenge by memorizing or adding custom EDID on the switch side.
JAP’s approach is different. The EDID on the 3D Encoder, which is the first device in the chain to the source, is set to be recognized as a 3D-ready display. This allows full 3D distribution to all HDTVs because each 3D source essentially sees a 3D-ready display before the switching.
And don’t worry about maxing out the network. Even with a consumer-grade router, the system can deliver 3D content to dozens of TVs – scores of them with an enterprise-grade router.
The best news about 3D Manager? You don’t have to worry about investing in 3D-capable TVs that may employ proprietary 3D formats that are not interoperable across TVs, encoders and glasses.
With the 3D Manager, any HDTV with HDMI can be a 3D TV. Integrators and consumers will be happy. Manufacturers, probably not so much.
Or so I thought. During EHX, the product caught the attention of SIM2 EVP Alberto Fabiano, who saw great possibilities after visiting the JAP booth – despite the fact SIM2 would like to upgrade existing customers to brand new shiny 3D projectors.
Pricing and Availability
Just Add Power sells only through the custom installation channel. As such, there is no “retail” price for the 3D Manager and related components.
A kit with one encoder, two synch nodes with two IR emitters, and four pairs of 60/120Hz 3D glasses might sell for less than $5,000 – a bargain for commercial enterprises with existing high-performance projectors and displays.
The product currently is set to ship in June. A few changes to the product are underway, such as less intrusive emitters. Qualls and I discussed a one-gang in-wall model.
The glasses may get a stylish upgrade, as well. Think Oakley. Literally.