A new cell TV that converts 2D video games and movies to 3D will be launched in Australia this year say executives from Toshiba Japan. The new TV also delivers video phone capability.
Speaking at the 2010 CES Expo in Las Vegas, Toshiba executives claim that the company’s new Cell TV is the new benchmark for TV for the simple reason that it has 143 times the typical performance of a TV and it can use that brain power to convert two-dimensional images to 3D images in real time.
The cell processor that was jointly developed by IBM, Toshiba and Sony is currently the heart of the PlayStation 3.
Toshiba claim that a TV with 480 hertz in 2D mode can be converted to 240 hertz for each eye when in 3D mode. “That’s really brilliant quality,” said Scott Ramirez, vice president of marketing at Toshiba’s North American consumer products division.
Executives from the Japanese company claim that the Cell TV will take anything 2D like games, movies, Blu-ray films, TV shows and convert it into content you can view with 3D glasses. The Cell TV will have built-in Wireless HD networking as well, so you can transfer high-definition video around the home.
Another key benefit will allow users to conduct video conferencing from multiple devices linked to the Cell TV processor.
Toshiba is introducing several TVs this year; however, it is not known which models will be brought into Australia. Among the new range are Toshiba, Cinema, and Cell TV models. The Cell has eight processing engines and can do 200 gigaflops of processing. That’s about 10 times more powerful than a typical PC, says Toshiba.
The processor can eliminate noise from pictures, convert 60 frames into 240 frames each second, and otherwise spruce up your picture on brightness, contrast, color and other details.
Toshiba is also introducting Internet-connected TVs that will include a video phone capability. This, says Toshiba will, deliver better access to video content and social networking. Like LG, Toshiba says 2009 will be a great year for 3D viewing in the home. Toshiba is also introducing a Blu-ray movie player that is capable of producing 3D imagery on the screen.