Retailers, consumers and prices
Big time gadget makers filled this years this year's Consumer Electronics Show with 3D TV's, promising that consumers can enjoy an "Avatar"-like experience at home some time this year. And the news is even better -- research firm Gartner says that it only costs about 15 percent more to make a 3D TV than a regular flat screen, so the TVs may be affordable.
Here's the thing. The glasses. You must have them. And they are fragile. And they cost a lot. Like, more than the TV itself, if you've got a big family. Gartner analyst Van Baker explained on a conference call:
"If you are talking about a family of four, that's $400-$800 you are going to be spending on the micro-shutter glasses. Not to mention that the glasses can be lost and can be broken."
Ouch. But can't I just use the movie theater glasses I stole... i mean... forgot to return, from, you know, "Avatar?"