When it comes to their home entertainment gear, Toshiba loves to do two things: stick Cell processors (the same brain powering the Playstation 3) inside them, and tout the ability to upconvert your crappy standard-def or web-streaming video to glorious high-def. Their Cell TV, just unveiled at CES, promises to do both things, but with an added selling point befitting this year's 3-D theme: upconversion of any two-dimensional source into 3-D in real time.
Their are a few worn adages that come to mind: "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Or perhaps something about a pig in lipstick? Either way, we're obviously holding judgement on the quality of the 3-D conversion until we actually get to strap on our frame-sequential glasses and try these for ourselves.
But aside from the 3-D magic, the cell TV packs in plenty of other features: the included set-top box (which houses the 3.2 GHz, 8-core Cell processor) essentially as a home theater PC, with its included Blu-ray player, 802.11N wi-fi, 1TB hard drive and a DLNA server and client (for playing back video from other devices on your network).
As for the picture quality, Toshiba's hyping the Cell's processing power with its ability to constantly tweak the picture while you're watching for the best possible quality. It will keep track of 512 local dimming zones in its LED backlight (quite a few more than is standard now) to keep blacks as black as possible, and an ambient light sensor adjusts color balance and brightness according to the lighting conditions in your living room. They're also, of course, promising even more impressive upconversion of standard-def video using the Cell processor, including the live feed of Grandma's face from the built-in videophone. Grandma HD! How nice.
The Cell TV will be available in sizes going from 46 to 65 inches later this year. As is usually the case at CES, there is no info on pricing or an actual release date.
I don't think 2d images can be converted to 3d w/ high quality ever. Otherwise there would be many animal species w/ only a single eye. :-)
thats why we have 3d glasses... were obviously not going to get normal 2d-3d conversion without some sort of 3d glasses for a long time
Both standard-def -> high-def and 2D to 3D upconversion involve adding/simulating information that literally is not in the original picture. You can't make high-def granny out of webcam granny, because the information about the detail of her wrinkles and the watery blue veins in the glaucous whites of her eyes actually never made it past the lens of the webcam in the first place. So this is really deploying masses of computing power, which presumably takes lots of energy, in the service of fakery. I don't know if Toshiba make any claims to be environmentally responsible or even environmentally aware, but encouraging people to trash their old TV to buy this kind of gimmick is definitely the opposite of either.