3D in the Comfort of Home
Pushes failed in the 50s, 70s, but experts think we're ready to enter a new dimension
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2009 1:37 PM CST
U2 band members, from left, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Bono and Larry Mullen attend the Dublin International Film Festival for the European premiere of their concert film U2 3D, Dublin, Ireland.   (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, file)
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(Newser) – Twice before, the entertainment industry has tried to get people excited about watching 3D movies and sporting events in their own living rooms. The idea fizzled both times, but this time it has a chance, reports the Los Angeles Times. At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, manufacturers are making their cases for another dimension.

The iconic red-and-blue glasses are history, replaced by high-tech LCD lenses that filter a speedily flickering image to each eye. Although 3D TVs aren't yet manufactured to consistent standards, many people are probably 3D-capable without knowing it. With movies costing 15% more to produce in 3D, Hollywood is hoping consumers will shell out for the necessary accessories.