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Glasses-Free 3-D

by Christa Fletcher

Did you feel uncomfortable wearing those 3-D glasses when you went to
see Avatar? If so, feeling silly in those specs may no longer be
part of the three dimensional video experience. In keeping with their
role as pioneers in electronics, Japanese companies like Sharp are
taking 3-D to the next level without glasses — on mobile phones.

That’s right, not only is Sharp creating 3-D technology without the need
for 3-D glasses, they are also making it available on cell phones. The
engineers will use 3-D liquid crystal display panels that will also be
used in digital cameras. Interestingly, Sharp released mobile devices
that were able to display 3-D images in the early 2000s, but since the
technology was too bulky, they didn’t sell.

According to a press release from the company, “brighter and thinner 3D
display with higher resolution and a touch panel function,” will be
available. In addition to the new mobile technology, Sharp Executive
Managing Officer Yoshisuke Hasegawa commented on the shift from 2-D to
3-D for TVs, “Just like old television shifted from black and white to
color TV, in the future we expect liquid crystal TV’s thorough shift
from 2-D to 3-D.”

So, what do you think? Could you handle 3-D imagery on your cell phone
and digital camera? Share your opinion in our poll.

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