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Toshiba ZL2 – the UK’s first glasses-free 3D TV

Home entertainment has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, with 3D technology the latest technological innovation making it into our living rooms.

3D TVs have received a bit of a mixed reception in their short life, with people realising that they didn’t actually want to watch TV with a big pair of glasses on.

The prices for a 3D TV started out at the astronomical end of the scale, but have been coming down ever since. But this has not necessarily equated to strong sales.

But the next step in 3D home viewing is here, in the form of the Toshiba ZL2 – the world’s largest glasses-free 3D TV.

There have been other glasses-free TV sets in the past, such those in the Philips range. But the technology has been rudimentary at best – forcing viewers to sit precisely in front of the TV to see the 3D image.

Toshiba ZL2 ahead of the game

But Toshiba has upped the ante with the 55-inch ZL2, which is capable of transmitting a 3D image to everyone who is watching.

It does this by using face-tracking technology to detect each person in the room. It then beams two separate images into the viewer’s left and right eye to create the 3D effect.

But that’s not all this next-gen TV offers. It the first consumer TV set with a 4K resolution – four times higher than current hi-def sets.

The technology is so new that there are currently no video players capable of playing anything in 4K, although some studios have started to shoot films in the format.

Toshiba ZL2 price and release date

With all this futuristic technology packed inside it, the ZL2 does not come cheap. But if you simply can’t wait for the technology to become more commonplace, the ZL2 can be yours for an eye-watering £6,999.

The set goes on sale this Monday, exclusively at John Lewis’ flagship Oxford Street store. It will then be available at Harrods later in the week.