I just installed both a Panasonic TC-P65VT50 plasma (2012, uses Bluetooth glasses) and a Panasonic PT-AE8000U projector (2012, uses IR glasses). I have an older P54VT25 (2010, uses IR glasses) which is now in the master bedroom. I also have seven pairs of IR glasses (one TY-EW3D10U that came with the TV and six TY-EW3D2MU that came with the Avatar starter kits). The glasses work with the AE8000U just fine. I know that the newer TY-EW3D3MU glasses are a bit lighter... don't know if they have any better picture quality. Amazon.com is out of stock on the Bluetooth glasses TY-ER3D4MU... heard they were once under $50 there, but now the cheapest seems to be $80 at Best Buy.
So, I, like a few other posters here, am also on the hunt for a way to make a Bluetooth transmitting TV also transmit IR. The Panasonic projectors can use a trigger output to run a ET-TRM110 external IR emitter. I wonder if any of the 50 series TVs (VT50, GT50, ST50, etc) have a way to drive the emitter.
Or, alternately, a device that will sync with the Bluetooth signal from the plasma (like a pair of newer Bluetooth glasses would) and then work as an IR emitter so that any number of old style IR glasses could work with a Bluetooth style TV. We cannot be the only ones in the world that are thinking about a solution to this problem. If I don't find a solution soon, it might be time to pair up with my friend that does electronics hacking projects and buy a pair of the Bluetooth glasses like the Samsung SSG-5100GB on Amazon.com for $20, and hack them for their components and turn it into an IR emitter for the older style glasses. This would also allow people to get around the 7 pairs of glasses limitation that seems to come with the newer Bluetooth televisions. I'd rather just buy something off the shelf, or read about someone else's hacking project and put the components together myself if needed. Has anyone looked into this yet?
Edited by jch2 - 3/18/13 at 12:20am