Designer 3D Glasses  A Game Changer?


Written by Joyce “Notspringchick” Chow








One of the largest challenges to the adoption of 3D have been the necessity of wearing 3D glasses. Designer 3D glasses promise to change the game, or do they?  


Ask any fan of 3D, and you'll discover  the reasons of challenge - the actual wearing of them for those using prescription lenses, the discomfort of wearing a universal pair assuming everyone has the same size head or wearing the more abundantly available cardboard anaglyph glasses, the communal sharing of glasses at Disneyland or the movie theatre by you and who knows how many, motion sickness for the weak stomach,  availability, the lack of style, and yes, the pure cost of them.    


Traditionally 3D glasses do not  accommodate those wearing glasses.  The dimensions and optics are not designed to fit over glasses and who wants to scratch their prescription lenses just to be able to watch a movie?


Prescription glass wearers have hope on the horizon with prescription 3D glasses by Samsung, Gunnar, Real D and MicroVision 3D.  Samsung offers prescription 3D glasses compatible with it’s 3D Tvs.  They’re available in South Korea thus far, with no news thus far on a US launch.   Gunnar, widely used in widely used in gaming and video for 3D are already available.  RealD technology is the technology most used In movie theatres. MicroVision Optical launched it’s 3D sunglasses at the International Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, but we’re still waiting for the upcoming prescription option.


Besides MicroVision Optical, Calvin Klein also offers designer 3D glasses which also work as sunglasses at $180.  They have planned arrival in stores this holiday season, but we’re still waiting.


Sport sunglass manufacturer Oakley teamed with DreamWorks Animation to develop Oakley 3D Gasgon glasses.  “TRON” Limited Edition 3D Gascan are being offered to tie in with the release of Disney’s Tron release promising the first optically correct 3D eyewear on earth. The pricing of $120 and $150 for the Tron version are no surprise.  Oakley, likely a favorite since they also manufacture sunglasses with an Asian bridge.  


Fashion house Gucci, is at the high end of the range at $225.  After all, if you’re buying Gucci, it’s the style and the name.  It’s not because you’re conscientious of the price.  For those concerned about budget, the $58 Armani Exchange may suffice, being produced by the same company, Safilo Group.


Marchon3D, a division of Marchon Eyewear, and the company with licensed technology to Calvin Klein and Nautica, will be unveiling affordable cutting edge 3D eyewear at the upcoming International Consumer Electronics Show in January.


Now a lifestyle accessory, the introduction of designer and eyeglass manufacturers to the 3D mix, springing for the cost of a pair 3D glasses becomes in style in the range of $95 to $225 for nonprescription varieties.  These lifestyle 3D glasses typically use passive polarization typically used in theatres, so don’t plan on using them to substitute for your active shutter glasses that are paired with your tv unless they happen to be Samsung.


Designer 3D glasses may or may not be a game changer for many, but at least you’ll be in style.  For now, we’ll be watching for you.  





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Designer 3D Glasses  A Game Changer