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You will soon be able to buy a 3D display that can convert 2D content to 3D on the fly and uses passive polarized glasses to view the stereoscopic images. The display is WideXGA format — 1,366 by 768 pixels – so it can handle 720p high definition without scaling. The whole thing weighs under 6 pounds, but that’s not too surprising when you find out that the screen is only 15.6″ diagonal.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d is a notebook that includes a stereoscopic 3D screen.

Of course, none of this is so surprising when you find out that it’s the new Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d notebook computer which is due to ship in the next two weeks. The LCD display has alternating polarized strips, so you don’t need active glasses to see the 3D images. The passive glasses mean that you only get half the resolution when viewing 3D content, but this is the price you pay for doing without shutter glasses. A Blu-ray drive is optional, and the computer has an HDMI output in case you want to connect to a full-sized HDTV. The suggested retail price is listed at $1,200 for the base model.

Posted by Alfred Poor, June 22, 2010 6:00 AM

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Alfred Poor is a well-known display industry expert, who writes the daily HDTV Almanac. He wrote for PC Magazine for more than 20 years, and now is focusing on the home entertainment and home networking markets.