Video Innovation claims that they have produced a box that will add 3D display capabilities to any 60 or 120hz display, so long as a true 3D source is plugged into it. The first model, designed for gaming, is scheduled to ship in February at $199 for the box, or $259 with glasses and $79 for each additional pair. Additional units tailored toward television and home theater viewing are forthcoming.
While I’m sure that the boxes will work as advertised, outputting a signal that could work really well, I think there’s going to be a lot of disappointed people out there. One of the reasons why 3D televisions from major manufacturers like Sony or Panasonic cost so much is because they have to use new fast decay panels that ensure that image A is off the screen by the time image B needs to be displayed. If pieces of image A are still around, it generates ghosting or crosstalk that can ruin the 3D experience. If you own a 120hz DLP projector or RPTV, a display system with virtually instantaneous decay, and can get a refund if it doesn’t work, it might be worth a shot. Until there’s some reviews in, I would say buyer beware on any pre-orders for use on flat panel televisions.