If you own, or are planning to purchase, a 3D TV or 3D video projector, you are well aware that in order to view 3D content you need to wear glasses. However, not any pair of glasses will do. If you own a TV that uses the passive 3D viewing system, you need to use Passive Polarized Glasses. Usually, several pairs are provided with the TV and extra pair are very inexpensive (in fact, you can usually substitute those RealD glasses you may have gotten at your local movie theater.
On the other hand, many 3D TVs (especially Plasma TVs and most video projectors), require the use of Active Shutter LCD glasses (some 3D LCD TVs also use the active system, but some use the passive system). These glasses may, or may not come with your TV, and are more expensive than the passive type. Also, one additional problem is that if you and your relatives or neighbors own 3D TVs that use the active shutter system, but they are different brands and models, than yours, the 3D glasses they use may not be compatible with your 3D TV. Read more on the difference between Passive and Active 3D Glasses technology.
Introduction to the XpanD X104 YOUniversal Active Shutter 3D Glasses
To solve the problem of incompatible active shutter 3D glasses between different brands and models of TV that use that system, third party manufacturers have entered the market with so-called universal glasses that can work on several brands and models of 3D TVs and 3D video projectors. XpanD was the first to market with its X103, but it had some limitations, such as not having a rechargeable battery.
As a result, XpanD has introduced its X104 YOUniversal Active Shutter 3D Glasses, which provides not only a built-in rechargeable battery, but also can work with either IR or RF-based 3D emitters (the transmission devices that send a 3D synchronization signal from the TV or video projector to the glasses), and even provides access to online firmware updates and customizable user settings via PC software. The glasses even come in three sizes.
Shown on this page is a look at the packaging that the XpanD X104 YOUniversal 3D glasses comes in when you buy it at dealer or order it online.
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