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Three reasons to buy a 3D TV, but don't believe them all

3D TV maker Panasonic has plenty of pitches. Which make sense?

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Consumers watch 3D TV in the Panasonic Touch the Future tour in New York. Its Active Shutter 3D glasses sync with the double signal on the screen.

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Panasonic's Touch the Future Tour swung through Boston this weekend. Designed as something between a store and a gallery opening, the "tour" showed off the Japanese gadget giant's new line of HD cameras and TVs.

The display, which was in a mall and open to the public, demonstrated some impressive gear – a camcorder that identifies specific faces, HD video from a D-SLR camera, Skype video chat built into a TV – but Panasonic turned the spotlight on its 3D TV.

The company launched this plasma model two weeks ago. Excellent timing. Just a few days earlier, "Alice in Wonderland" became the latest 3D movie to top the box office. "Avatar," the most successful movie ever, still pulls in millions of dollars a week. And 17 new 3D movies are scheduled to arrive this year.

Hollywood's extra dimension has no doubt conquered movies theaters. But will its next stop be our living rooms?

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