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The new TV tech at CES that will save marriages

Not a week goes by–OK, a day–where my wife and I fail to fight over what we should be watching on the TV in our living room. Sure, there’s other screens in my home where I could skulk off and watch “Lady Hoggers” all by my lonesome, but that kind of defeats the whole togetherness thing that kinda comes with couplehood. 695457-samsung-ces-2012

Little did I know Samsung has come up with an ingenious solution to save my marriage and countless others, no doubt. 

If you’ve paid any mind to the Consumer Electronics Show wrapping up in Las Vegas, you’ve probably heard about the organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, monitors that have a clarity and color palette that make HD look downright fuzzy. What’s been virtually ignored is a feature Samsung wants to bring to market on those sets.

It’s very simple: Imagine if two different people could watch two different TV shows on the same set at the same time without split-screen.

Samsung has a pair of active shutter glasses with speakers embedded in them that can do just that. You and your significant other can sit next to each other on the couch and be looking at two completely different HD video feeds simultaneously. The glasses not only block one program of your choosing while absorbing another, but the speakers right by your ears mean you’re not hearing another program either.

Talk about doing a doubletake: I saw a demonstration of the so-called “dual-view and dual-sound” technology on a tour of the Samsung booth this week. Looked at with the naked eye, you see the image of one video feed superimposed over the other. But that visual mess gets cleaned up once the glasses are on your head without a trace of “crosstalk,” when one image blurs into the next.

Just imagine households across the nation with husband and wife sitting calmly hand in hand watching ESPN and Bravo in tandem. Now if Samsung could just do something about my wife’s choice of radio stations in the car, it might be time to consider nominating the company for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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