Things we'll remember about CES 2010: attendees willingly agreeing to be tased for a free cap at the Taser booth, mysterious elderly Japanese husband and wife wandering the halls, the sexiest digitally controlled washer and dryer we've ever seen. But what we'll likely remember most is the collection of fashionably questionable eyewear required to enjoy the plethora of 3D displays at this year's show...
As noted last week, whether it be in your living room or in your home office, CES 2010 was the coming out party for 3D imagery solutions for the home. And alongside nearly every 3D display was a tethered set of 3D glasses, some of them better than others....but almost reminding us of the sort of glasses the elderly wear while driving.
Some of these were polarized, the same sort used when viewing a theatrical release like Avatar, while others used an active shutter solution, which eliminates ghosting but inherently darken the image due to the shuttering effect and were thus also larger. What all the glasses shared for the most part was the fashionable sense of a 15 year old boy given options at Sunglass Hut.
I was able to finagle my better half Emily of The Kitchn and Re-Nest to model a few of these 3D opticals for the sake of posterity. I don't know about you, but I may barely be fine wearing such strange looking specs in the theater, but the idea of wearing something like any of these specs regularly in the home seems unlikely.