3D on smartphones? Lose the glasses!

3D on smartphones? Lose the glasses!
The new Nintendo 3DS proved that some exciting things can happen on a small display adding a Sharp-produced 3D screen layer. Last year, Japan's KDDI cell phone carrier introduced the Hitachi Wooo, which uses a similar 3D screen technology as the Nintendo 3DS, but made by MasterImage 3-D - a Burbank, CA-based company. The additional layer costs $10-$15 for the manufacturer, can be added over both LCD and OLED screens, and turned off, if necessary.

It doesn't require the pesky 3D glasses we are accustomed to in movie theaters. However, it reduces screen brightness and resolution, which can be compensated to an extent psychologically with the  increase in perceptive detail, since different images are directed to each eye, according to the company's CEO. As Tony Soprano said to Jacky Aprile - “Lose the glasses!”.

MasterImage 3-D's CEO James Bower revealed that nearly all of the major smartphone manufacturers are experimenting with 3D for their future handsets. Bower also said that next year could see 3D on a US cell phone as well.

Having the display to visualize the 3D content is one side of it, but what about shooting 3D video and processing the outcome?  It looks like this is also being addressed, as a press release about Texas Instruments' OMAP4 chipset for smartphones was touting the ability of the system-on-a-chip to process multiple cameras' images for stereoscopic 3D recording of 720p video on your phone. TI also promised support for additional front camera for touchless gesture recognition, and hinted that these technologies can bring a three-dimensional user interface to smartphones.

Combine those dual-core CPU chipsets with MasterImage's overlay on a phone screen (both are technologies that already exist), and next year starts to look like a very realistic timeframe for the first 3D smartphone to hit the US markets. Despite the fact that currently it is only a “wow” factor while playing some games (like on the Nintendo), 3D vision is not considered a trick in nature. Stereoscopic and depth of field perceptions are vital – just ask a trapeze player. Many revolutionary features have started as a gimmick, so 3D UIs and 3D-HD video on our smartphones – we'll take it, just don't ask us to pay extra.

source: Wired




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13 Comments

1. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

unnecessary

9. ace1122

Posts: 237; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Having any feature on your phone other than the ability to make calls is unnecessary

11. Nullstring

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

move on.

2. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Wow, just think, a few years ago people nearly crapped their pants just for having a phone with a colored screen or full digital frequency. Now we have streaming video, web surfing, social networking, watch movies, high-tech cameras, touch screen, high-def displays (soon 3D) etc. So much for just having a phone for phone calls.

4. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

lol i agree

6. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

lol i u think we have cool phones??? thats nothing go look at the phones they have in japan look up docomo japan now they have some bad ass phones.. all of their phones have at least 12 megapixel cameras even the crappiest one . they have sony aquos hd screens they get free tv service on them . and also they all have 5 megapixel front facing cameras, not like right here that the evo n iphone have a 1.3 front facing camera thats why video calls on the evo dont look that good cuz i have one n the quality is kinda choppy , now imagine making a video call with a 5 megapixel front facing camera that would be way better also they can use there phones as credit cards . man they are lucky

8. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Out of all honesty, they're more successful in their wireless industry because they don't have the American attitude like us to screw it up. America fights too much about who uses what technology, who is locked down to one device, roaming agreements, not upgrading the networks we have, and of course cheap products. There is no intention to move ahead and try to match industries like Japan. America has a repetitive practice of just trying to be better than the other guy instead of embracing new technology for the customer. Whether it be flip phones, smart phones, Android or Apple...they all until just recently did basic stuff. Video calling is sadly new to us! Some may be mad at me for saying this but remember, America revolutionized (invented actually) both the internet and cell phone service....why, oh why have we allowed other countries to move generations ahead of us? We messed up somewhere!

10. rfrapp

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

I agree completely

3. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

im not trying to spoil the moment, but does anyone else think that it would become annoying after a while? looking at 3D objects just about every day! idk

5. mstacdlite

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wait till the new Telepathy Phone comes out! lol

13. ellistiu911

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 18, 2009

+1

7. JPrice

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

I won't be purchasing one of these phones when they become more widely available, until it is the norm. The reason for this is phone manufacturers are not taking into account the section of the population with no depth perception. (People like myself) Until there is a true 3d tech that allows even those of us with no depth perception, going that route is pointless.

12. ellistiu911

Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 18, 2009

wouldn't that make us throw up or something? cause I heard 3d screens after a long period (without glasses) causes a person to throw up or somethin

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