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Sunglasses can also be used for 3D viewing

Published Jan 11, 2010

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Las Vegas - With the hit movie Avatar creating a buzz around 3D entertainment, a California company is touting what it believes are the first 3D glasses which can also double as sunglasses.

"We believe we're the first ones and we have a significant patent portfolio in the lens device so we believe we'll have a good bit of protection in the market," MicroVision Optical president David Johnson said.

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The San Diego-based company is displaying the glasses here at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, where leading television manufacturers have been pushing 3D technology as the next big thing in home theatre.

MicroVision Optical said the polarised lenses provide sun protection while also allowing for 3D viewing of the most widely used 3D movie theatre systems and the latest generation of flat screen television or computer monitors.

"It decodes the content very clearly, very crisply," Johnson said, adding that the 3D/sunglasses "should be a permanent addition to your eyewear collection."

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He said the glasses, which come in a variety of styles, will sell for between $32 and $40 (about R200 and R300) in optical stores.

"We're also working on a prescription program where you can have your own prescription 3D glasses as well," Johnson said. - AFP

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