XPAND Universal 3D Glasses work with a variety of different 3D-ready television sets and computers. They also work in XPAND 3D-ready movie theaters.
Standard 3D glasses only work with the brand of TV they’re compatible with – they are not universal.
The Universal 3D Glasses are designed to deliver movies, games, pictures and graphics in the highest-quality 3D available today. They have comfortable, lightweight frames and are more durable than manufacturer glasses.
Step 1 ON: Press button (1) once
Step 2 LED light (2) will change from off to bright
Step 3 OFF: Press button (1) once
Step 4 LED light (2) will change from bright to off
In order to function properly, the glasses have to be synced to the TV display. This is an easy procedure. Simply press the on button the correct number of times and an LED in the glasses will blink the appropriate number of times. Some examples include:
* Please note that the lenses on the Sony glasses do not have an input polarizer. Due to that, the Sony glasses do not block any ambient light when the shutters are closed (they only block the light when it is coming from the screen). When the Universal Glasses shutters are closed, they block both the ambient light and the light coming from the screen. Additionally, a small yet observable fraction of the light coming from the screen is blocked by the input polarizer, which is why Sony glasses are slightly brighter than the Universal Glasses. If you are using a Sony 3D TV, it must be set to High Brightness mode (as opposed to Low Brightness or Automatic).
** Please note that some TV models require the use of an external IR emitter. If necessary, this information can be obtained from the TV manufacturer.
The Universal 3D Glasses use active shutter technology. An IR signal from the TV (or movie theater installation) “tells” the glasses when to switch and view alternating images for the left and right eye. The switching is done so fast that you can’t see any flicker and everything looks like a continuous 3D image.
The glasses work with the following TV brands: LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony, Sharp and Toshiba.
Please check the complete list of compatible TV models.
As previously noted, some TV models require the use of an external IR emitter. If necessary, this information can be obtained from the TV manufacturer.
The glasses work with HP (available now) and Sony laptops (available March 2011) and will work with future AMD-based laptops to be announced. As of now, they are not compatible with the NVIDIA 3D Vision system.
The Universal 3D Glasses work in XPAND-equipped movie theaters only.
The glasses are powered by a CR2032 battery that lasts up to 100 hours. Replacing the battery is simple and the batteries are available at a variety of retailers.
Our 3D Glasses cleaning wipes are recommended for cleaning the glasses. They will soon be available on our web site, at our e-tailers and in stores. Otherwise, clean the glasses as you would any pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses.
All current 3D-ready TV sets use IR as the method for communication with glasses. The XPAND Universal 3D Glasses use this method, which allows for direct communication with IR emitters built into a TV set. This ensures the highest 3D image quality and the ability of the glasses to be used universally. Competing glasses do not offer this technology and the lenses therefore only operate with the brand of 3D television they were manufactured to work in conjunction with. In addition, competing glasses require end-users to use an additional plug-in device that increases price and complexity of the setup, while also making it more challenging to offer a high-quality solution.
The XPAND Universal 3D Glasses are available online and at retailers including Sears, Amazon.com, Tiger Direct, tru3d.com, 3dglassesunlimited.com, 3dstore.nl, Fry’s Electronics, CompUSA, Nebraska Furniture Mart, RC Willey, Bjorn’s and other major retailers in the U.S. The list of all resellers is available online.
The XPAND Universal 3D Glasses are available at a suggested retail price of $129.00
The glasses carry a one-year limited product repair/replacement warranty. For a detailed warranty statement, please visit Warranty section of this site.
Active Shutter technology are 3D glasses that electronically open and close liquid crystal lenses over each eye, synchronized with a 3D video display. When this display presents a left eye image, the glasses cover the right eye so only the left eye sees the display, and vice versa for the other eye. This process is repeated more than a hundred times per second and is virtually undetectable to the user.