There’s a lot of things that can be said about Monster, usually overpriced being the first one that comes to mind. While the company’s claim that HDMI cables have to be expensive is easily disputed, now for the first time when it comes to TVs, Monster looks to be addressing a true problem. Not being content with just making HDMI cables for the newer 3DTVs, Monster is now making glasses for them as well.
Monster is looking to help the issue of having to buy separate 3D shutter glasses for different TVs by making it’s own. The result is the Monster Vision Max 3D glasses. How exactly that is achieved is unclear, though Monster does say that future standards are supported through the “Monster Vision update portal” that presumably connects to a computer through USB to update. Rather than using the standard IR for syncing the glasses, Monster’s Max 3D glasses use RF to actively sync to the TV at all times, which is quite useful. They are designed to easily fit over prescription glasses, and Monster claims users won’t experience the eyestrain they’d usually get with IR-based glasses, which we’ll have to try to believe.
The glasses will retail for $170 for just the glasses, and $250 for the glasses and transmitter. Perhaps not a terrible price if Monster’s claim hold true. Even if the eyestrain isn’t averted with the glasses, eliminating confusion for consumers is always a good thing. Of course, it could also be argued that Monster could be creating more confusion by adding another set of glasses and standards to 3DTVs, which is certainly something we don’t need any more of.