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After last week’s IFA Berlin 2012 visit, I expected a slow and stretched weekend this time round. Keeping that in mind, I had already rented a couple of Blu-ray DVD’s and planned the two idle days on the comfy beanbag of my living room. That is when a phone call saved my weekend. Kavita, a close school pal of mine had been pestering me to come spend some time with her in Hyderabad. It has been a good three years since I last caught up with her so I duly obliged.

Some quick packing and a last minute airline booking saw me arrive at Hyderabad early in the morning the very next day. What surprised me a lot was that Kuku (her pet name) was waiting for me outside the exit doors of the airport (her usual laziness is astonishing..) A quick ride to her place at Panjagutta and we crashed after having paranthas and kadak chai..I did not even realize it was noon until she put her iPod dock on full volume to wake me up. An hour later, we were on our way to Salar Jung Museum to experience the artifacts displaying the heroics of the noble dynasty. I have never been a fan of History, but the peace and calm with which I enjoyed roaming around the hallways of the place was welcome change from the crowded Delhi culture. One more important attraction there were the cafeteria DOSAS; absolute yum. The food fest evening concluded with a dinner at the Paradise hotel, which is very popular for their delicious Biryani. We spent the hours before sleeping with constant chit-chat and that is when she told me about the surprise she had planned for me next day.

Since the time I have purchased my LG 3D TV, I have had this mean streak of educating almost everyone I know about the wonders of this technology. Whether they absorbed it willfully or not is a different matter altogether ; what Kuku had in store for me was an afternoon show for the Amazing Spider Man at Prasad’s Imax 3D theatre. I haven’t been overly enthused of the movie selection as the trailers did not generate much interest in my mind but the Imax experience is something every 3D enthusiast must have so it was a pretty square deal. After reaching the theatre and getting through the customary security checks (absolutely hate them!) we made our way to the assigned audi hall and were handed 3D glasses pretty similar to the ones I use with my TV. And the 3D experience was extravagant and fantabulous rolled into one. I actually hugged Kuku after the movie for taking the initiative.

In the grander scheme of things, this 3D Cinema Theatre employs the same passive 3D technology which is rapidly becoming a consumer and critic favorite when it comes to 3D TV’s. I will leave the final opinion to the reader but as far as I am concerned, vision-friendly 3D is here to stay and conquer!

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I remember going to Nehru Planetarium quite a few times during my schooling days in Delhi in the name of class trips. The whole ethnicity of the place used to leave us kids amazed and the space show was the cherry on the cake. Just seeing planets, moons and stars revolving around you in a dome-shaped structure gave the heart-thumping feeling that you were actually in space. I can still recall that the next few days were spent with lingering feelings of the experience. At the time I believed that it was the closest one can get to virtual reality and then 3D happened.

The first Indian 3D film “Chhota Chetan” was released way back in 1984 and then re-released in 1998. That is when I first came to grips with how 3D works. As funny as the flying skeletons in the film were, it revealed a whole new avenue of entertainment. And since 3D was still in a very beginning stage, we watched it with Red CYAN 3D glasses. But that was it during the time for 3D as nothing concrete developed on that platform. The second half of the first decade of 20th century was the emergence of HD entertainment as people were still reveling in the massive SD (240-480p) to HD (720p) upgrade. And along with that came the LCD TV’s to replace the bulky CRT’s.

But the real renaissance period of 3D has coincided with the emergence of the IMAX cinemas in India. Industry insiders still believed that 3D was never going to be commercially viable, but IMAX changed that. After being a rip-roaring success across US, the IMAX 3D technology was made readily available for Indian audiences. My first IMAX experience was during my 2008 internship in Hyderabad when I got to seeBeowulf” and my was I left impressed. The combination of high definition and digital 3D made the protagonists come alive on screen. And that is where my love affair with 3D started. Major consumer electronic powerhouses after seeing the positive reaction of audiences towards 3D started to pump the moolah towards 3D home entertainment and engaged their workforce to produce 3D projectors and TV’s.

The initial 3D TV’s came with active-shutter in both plasma and LED technologies. While the majority of the masses were enthused about the concept of being able to watch 3D at home, there were not too many takers as the technology was exorbitantly expensive at the time. And there were major flaws of flickering and ghosting on these TV’s along with the bulky electronic glasses which were a constant source of headache for users. Eventually, the likes of Toshiba and LG did some more homework and decided to part with their active 3D technology in favor of passive 3D. And it did come as a welcome relief for the growing community of 3D consumers to have 3D technologies which was similar to the 3D in theaters. At present, the 3D medium is silently gaining popularity with most companies investing big time and more and more in the crowd showing favorable enthusiasm towards 3D. And a real blueprint that the 3D is here to stay has been the vote of confidence from James Cameron (creator of the blockbuster “Avatar”) and his constant pursuit to make passive 3D mainstream; one thing which he believes can only be defined by TV’s.

Now the ground reality is that only a certain part of the population can afford 3D TV’s at the moment because their cost factor hasn’t dropped significantly over the years, but the early adoption of the technology by manufacturers seems to suggest that mainstream and household 3D domination isn’t too far away.

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