Nvidia announces cheaper, wired 3D glasses

In a bid to attract more consumers to its 3D graphics offerings, Nvidia has introduced a cheaper set of 3D glasses.

The new kit is just $99, but requires users to be tethered to their monitor via a cable. Nvidia’s other 3D options are all wireless.

The announcement was made at this week’s Computex trade show in Taipei.

This news comes after Nvidia struck a deal with Youtube to allow streaming of user-created 3D videos. The market of consumer-grade 3D camcorders is rapidly expanding, but the number of users who can actually watch 3D on their computer is slim. With the new low-priced glasses, Nvidia hopes to increase that audience in a big way.

Nvidia also partnered up with Mozilla to strike up new 3D initiatives on the Internet.

In addition to being cheaper, the new glasses also have a few other advantages – there’s no need to ever buy or recharge batteries, they have an updated design to be more comfortable, and you’re less likely to lose them.

There is of course still the question of how much value users will find in wearing 3D glasses while they’re at their computer, though it is a more pleasing platform for content providers since the tools cost far less than on other devices like video game consoles and Blu-ray players.

The new wired 3D glasses – which connect to the computer via USB – will be available in late June.