Consumers watching 3D programming on TV may find it easier channel surf while wearing active 3D glasses or read closed-captions in 3D programming, if standards released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) on Monday are implemented.
The CEA-2038 standard will allow viewers wearing active shutter 3D glasses to continue wearing the glasses when navigating between 3D and 2D programming, according to CEA. The standard could make it easier for 3D networks such as ESPN 3D to place traditional 2D commercials in 3D programming. The standard, titled "Command-Driven Analog IR-Synchronized Active Eyewear," could also be used by companies developing 3D games. CEA said the standard would allow two viewers playing a 3D game on the same TV to see two different images.
CEA also released its CEA-708.1 standard, which describes how to send closed-captioning information for 3D video. Several other industry groups are developing 3D standards, including the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers.
In addition to the 3D standards, CEA released the ANSI/CEA-2041 standard on Monday for using round tactile indicators on remote controls that visually impaired people can use to identify buttons on the remotes.
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