Toshiba’s 3D laptop and TV - no glasses required

After multiple airport/cab/hotel problems, my CES experience finally kicked off last night. Matt and I were able to check out three upcoming Toshiba products ahead of a party the company held — and the offerings include some pretty awesome new tech.

In the video above (which Matt and Jim shot + Matt edited), I chatted with Toshiba CEO Mark Simons about the company’s 3D laptop and 3D TV (both of which are slated to be available in 2011).

First, and coolest, is the glasses-less 3D technology. The laptop uses a webcam to follow your eyes and beam the 3D content accordingly (this was by far my favorite). The TV allows multiple people to view 3D from all angles (though some worked better than others, as we discuss in the video below). Also, Toshiba somehow figured out how to design a video player that converts 2D content into 3D. Pretty incredible.

The third product (which we didn’t include in the vid) is Toshiba’s as-yet-unnamed tablet, which will run on Google’s Android. Toshiba is waiting until Google releases Honeycomb, the version of Android that will be optimized for tablets.

The glasses-less 3D is a totally cool new experience — and I wonder if it will make consumers clamor for 3D. A ton of companies have been pouring their money into 3D TV for the past few years, but it seems like consumers either aren’t interested or aren’t willing to shell out a ton of cash for it.

As my Vegas cabbie said to me last night, “I have a f—-ing 90-inch 1080p HD TV. How much f—-ing better can the picture get?” (He was, of course, from New York originally.) Do you agree? Let us know in the comments below. -Julianne

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