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Will 3D glasses fly in the living room?

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With all of the hubbub surrounding 3DTV this week you'd think there's be more focus on 3D entertainment's biggest hang-ups: Those clunky glasses.

With all of the hubbub surrounding 3DTV this week you'd think there's be more focus on 3D entertainment's biggest hang-ups: Those clunky glasses.

This week, we've seen a barrage of 3D news. Simply put, 3D is coming to your living room. Consumer electronics manufacturers such as Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and a bunch of others are launching 3D TVs. ESPN is launching a 3D network. RealD has alliances everywhere to bring the 3D technology you find in the movie theater to your home.

What's really needed here?

More fashionable 3D glasses. Generally speaking these glasses are cardboard, big black plastic things or some variation of both. Let's just say you wouldn't walk down the street with these specs.

So while all the smart engineers are out there cooking up new TV screens and snazzy technology some design love needs to be spent on the mundane---the specs. Here's what the next generation of 3D specs needs to have:

  • Lighter construction;
  • Fashion---at least to not look like a cartoon character if you forgot the 3D glasses were on;
  • Technology that can be integrated into existing glasses;
  • An auto-sensing feature that could flip in and out of 3D mode.

What would you add to 3D glasses to be worn around the home?

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Larry Dignan

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Editor-in-Chief Larry Dignan is editor-in-chief of SmartPlanet and ZDNet. He is also editorial director of TechRepublic. Previously, he was an editor at eWeek, Baseline and CNET News. He has written for WallStreetWeek.com, Inter@ctive Week, New York Times and Financial Planning. He holds degrees from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Delaware. He is based in New York but resides in Pennsylvania. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure