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3D goes mobile

By November 2, 2009Newswires

3D goes mobile
You may think your smartphone is the last word in technology but you haven’t seen anything yet
by Alex Pell and Mark Harris

Touchscreens may be all the rage today, but their replacement, reach-out-and-touch-me screens, is already being lined up. The first displays that can show three-dimensional video without the need for silly spectacles are about to be launched.

The new type of screen, known as Vikuiti, is made by 3M — the American technology giant behind key elements of the iPhone`s display. The technology is suitable for smartphones and handheld games consoles with screens of up to nine inches. It will enable users to watch 3-D films and games without having to wear polarised glasses — let alone the old red-and-green type. The development also has obvious applications for sat nav gadgets — imagine realistic contours on a map.

We tested one of the first screens at 3M’s laboratories in Minnesota. There is a slight flicker as the screen switches from 2-D to 3-D, but then it feels entirely natural to watch it. Seen head-on, the effect is convincing.

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