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Is Apple working on Glasses-free 3D for the iPod Touch?

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Is Apple working on Glasses-free 3D for the iPod Touch?
A rumor from Japan's Kanteidan Blog suggests that Apple is using certain visual technologies like motion and head tracking to produce glasses-free 3D for the next generation Apple iPod touch. And if its use on the iPod works out, could an iPhone version of the display be that far behind?

As we reported, Korean manufacturer LG has recently announced glasses-free 3D displays for mobile devices measured at 4.3 inches and Sharp is expected to launch a handset with a similar 3D display sometime this year. And of course, Nintendo is closing in on the the introduction of its 3DS mobile game playing device which could be considered something of a competitor to the Apple iPod touch amongst game players.

Other parts of the report claim that Apple has developed a technique to control a game using both the FaceTime camera and face recognition. The company has been working into 3D for sometime and owns some patents related to some techniques involved in its use on mobile screens dating back to 2006. Check out the video below for a look at what glasses-free 3D might look like on the Apple iPod touch, and possibly the Apple iPhone.

source: Macotakara (translated) via Technabob, 9to5Mac

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posted on 17 Jan 2011, 22:00 1

1. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)


Yet another thing Asia did first yet Apple is going to claim it as new and ground breaking... go away apple... everyone hates you except the isheep.

posted on 17 Jan 2011, 22:44 1

2. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Wow you're such a hater. Putting this kind of technology on a phone would be pretty groundbreaking. It's not even confirmed that this is true and you're already getting scared and antsy. But anyways I really hope this comes to iPhone 5.

posted on 17 Jan 2011, 23:15

3. Pings (Posts: 297; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Toshiba showed a working glasses free 3D laptop at CES.

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 03:12 1

4. darko (unregistered)


WHY is 3D on a phone necessary?? Hell i even liked the Avatar in 2D better. And on a mobile phone?
It's ridiculous! Unnatural and tiring to the eye and there's no way to change that.
This is technology progress at it's worst.. Disgusting actually..

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 03:45 1

5. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


3D on a phone isn't necessary. It's just cool. It isn't necessary for phones to have touch screens. But that's just cool too. By the way technology is moving, your eyes better get used to it.

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 04:47 1

6. darko (unregistered)


you are brainwashed. and make no sense at all. like a billoins of other people in this world. it's the exact the way of thinking that are gonna make this society destruct it self.

here's some sense for you:
touchscreen is necessary IN ORDER to place bigger screen on the phone.
bigger screen is necessary IN ORDER to have bigger image, to fit more detail and text and content for our eyes to see.
it's easier to look at. it's more pleasing.
your eye feels more confortable with 3.5 inch of suirface to deal with than it is with a 2.4.

and that is good example of technollogy.
development(growth) for the sake of development is a philosophy of the cancer cell..!
it's disgusting how blind(perfectly ironical word for the subject) people are..

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 08:55 1

7. chill man (unregistered)


Hey bro, chill a little. Nothing about this form of technology is necessary. You don't need the internet, and games, and movies on your phone. It's just fun and entertaining. So any step forward is cool, you don't have to have it, but it is just another novelty added to what is supposed to be A PHONE, make calls with it is all that is Needed. There's laptops and such for all those extra's, but people enjoy more and more.

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 20:49

9. downphoenix (Posts: 2267; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Touch screen isnt needed to make a bigger screen. Nothings stopping feature phone manufacturers from making a regular flip phone with a 4 inch screen. Sure it'd be big, but some people like big.

posted on 18 Jan 2011, 10:20 1

8. Allday28 (Posts: 273; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)


I think it's a brilliant idea, a great thing if you can experience it, but as a novelty... I hate how it has been pushed into the mainstream, even if I could see it, it ruins th...e quality of the movies and games just for the 'novelty' of something popping out at you... I hope it is as many have said just a stop gap to fill theaters before a newer HD... Better definition can improve cinema not 3D gimmicks!

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