One major obstacle for the adoption of 3D TV technology is the fact that the glasses are both expensive and dedicated to a particular 3D TV system. This means you can’t, for example, bring your own glasses to a friend’s house to watch a game should your friend have a different system than you do. However, three of the major 3D TV companies–Samsung, Sony and Panasonic–are looking to address the compatibility issue, working with glasses manufacturer XPAND 3D to create a technology standard for active 3D glasses–which provide better viewing quality than passive 3D glasses but are bulkier and more expensive–to be used in the home.
Currently, Samsung uses Bluetooth to connect the TV and glasses, while both Panasonic and Sony use infrared waves. The new standard is set to include different types of infrared protocols–including some that were proprietary to Samsung and Sony before the four companies joined forces.
The new “universal” glasses are set for release in 2012.
Read more at Ars Technica.