ITU Unveils its 3DTV Roadmap

A group within the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has just published its three-sectioned roadmap that outlines the future deployment of 3D technology to the general public.

The roadmap is based on a document drawn up by the committee’s chairman David Wood, and published by the sister publication New Television Insider, last October.

Valery Timofeev, director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau, said, “It maps out an exciting vision that won’t just change the look of entertainment, but open up a whole range of exciting new possibilities in sectors from education and healthcare to traffic management”.

The first section forms the first gen-3D technology, which is where the 3D broadcast is delivered direct to the viewer’s television, requiring viewer to wear polarized glasses.

In the second generation, i. e. second section, multiple views will create a viewing experience that closely imitates real life with head movement changing the view.

Section three, is where it all gets exciting. It provides the viewer with an experience to feel an effect that mimics actually being there, reproducing almost completely the human beings’ natural viewing environment. However, it would require a new set-top box, to enable all rely on the purchase of a new television display.

The committee has scheduled its next meeting on April 2010.