Samsung is out and about showing off the 3DTVs we
at CES, which is all very well and good, but you know what else the company is flaunting? The
you need to complete the illusion for said 3DTVs. Those glasses cost $150 a pair.
Granted, these aren't the red-and-blue-lensed cardboard shades of days gone by — shutter shades typically have a transmitter in them to communicate with a TV set, as well as a battery. It's also worth noting that this is only one model of the various shutter shades Samsung will most likely bring to the market.
Still, $150 is rough stuff when it comes to an early benchmark of what a pair of shades might cost. Sure, retailers will probably eat the cost of a pair or two with each set sold, but what if you have a family of four? Or five? Things start getting expensive, and you have to start making hard choices. Do you buy a pair for everyone? Or do you put Billy in the corner, because it's Sally's turn to watch her 3D cartoons?
Samsung's shutter glasses are already available for pre-order.