Baird's 3D Vision; Revealed: How the 'Very Latest TV Breakthrough' Was Actually Developed by Scottish Inventor 70 Years Ago

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Byline: Julie-Anne Barnes

IT is the must-have accessory, designed to enhance every viewing experience with crystal clear images.

But 3D television, heralded as the latest technological breakthrough, was in fact developed by the Scots father of television John Logie Baird - more than seven decades ago.

The famed innovator from Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, created the first 3D pictures - complete with special glasses - in 1928, only one year after his historic broadcast from London to Glasgow.

But despite his early invention it has taken an additional 70 years for manufacturers to perfect his revolutionary concept.

News of the discovery comes as Scotland celebrates Logie Baird's landmark London to Glasgow broadcast, which took place 83 years ago today.

His son Malcolm, a retired chemical engineer, said: 'The image was lowdefinition, much the same as what was transmitted to Glasgow.

'This time there were two pictures that were alternating.

'One picture was one side of stereo for one eye and the other picture was for the other side. You wore special glasses and saw a three-dimensional picture.' World Cup organisers have confirmed they will be showing half of their matches in 3D for the first time in a deal secured between international footballing body FIFA and Sony.

Selected games will be broadcast from a number of stadia to pubs and cinemas worldwide.

The entertainment industry has been working hard to develop a common standard for 3D televisions.

But so far, only one Chinese manufacturer has produced a [pounds sterling]20,000 42-inch LCD 3D television which does not require special glasses.

Speaking from his home in Canada, 75-year-old Mr Baird said: 'Here we are in the present day and there is a great fashion for rubbishing what my father was doing. …