For a civilization brought up on the concept of maya, it has taken the Koreans to prove it literally that life indeed is an illusion. Yesterday I was witness to the launch of the world's largest 3D Cinema Smart TV by LG Electronics in India. 72 inches of screen and when the bat hit the ball, it literally came out of the screen. I moved forward and did try to catch the ball. Alas it was an illusion of 3D technology. Yet, one of the best ever. 3D has finally arrived in sense and sensibility that thrills the viewer. The concept of distance, space, depth and the way we view things is about to change.
3D Cinema Smart TV coming of age: The Picture gets out of the Screen
3D has been in the television market for sometime now but the experience has never really been thrilling. Yes, there was a certain depth to the pictures but perhaps that was all there was. LG 3D Cinema Smart TV redefines 3D viewing in many ways, perhaps the most important one is that the picture is no longer confined to the screen. It reaches out to you. Water splashes at you, so much so that your first conditioned reaction is to wipe your face. The hero's punch comes right into you, the conditioned reactive mind for a second looks for protection and when the bat hits the ball, it actually makes you move a step ahead to catch it. The pictures actually come out of the screen by at least a few feet. Well so it seems.
The Good, the bad and the ouch!
2D to 3D conversion feature
Let's say you are a Big B fan and your favourite movie is Deewar. Let's also add your favorite dialogue to this "Tumhara pass kaya hai.... mere pass ma hai". Now you can transform this into a 3D experience. LG 3D Cinema Smart TV allows conversion of existing pictures into 3D mode quite easily. The conversion feature is easy. Big B has bashed the baddies it's now time to feel the power of his punch. You can increase the "depth" feature to 20 (maximum) for maximum 3D effect. For the dialogues you could do 3D sound zooming. It's a lot of power in your hands in terms of conversion to 3D.
Viewing Real 3D movies
The real power of this TV is in viewing content made in 3D. The punch comes right at you. The 3D sound zooming adds an extra dimension to sound. The voice echoes, comes from an unknown dimension, as if this was all there was.
The Smart TV in this is great. The remote is gesture based and simple. The high points are pointing, gesture & wheeling within the remote. Another good feature is the Intel's WiDi inbuilt in the TV which allows wireless display of HDMI content. Then there are the standard features which are in most Smart TV's web browser, panels, home dashboard and WiFi.
The pricing starts from Rs.40,000 and goes up to Rs.7 lakhs. 72 inches is magnificently huge for a TV screen especially of this type. The price tag is even more magnificent at over Rs.7 lacs for this 72 inches screen. Having said that, instead of spending lesser amount on building a projection system this might be a better buy.
One thing is for sure LG Cinema 3D Smart TV maybe well be the defining point in the way we view 3D content at home.