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3D goes mobile

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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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Cool article, very promising stuff. I am pretty certain it will be mobile devices that mark the start of mainstream 3D adoption, not home solutions. The home-theater and high-end PC gaming market are both rather niche. But everyone and their grandmother has a mobile computing device. Plus the fact that mobile screens can support auto-stereo today, while practical auto-stereo in the home is at least 5 years out. All we need is for Apple to slap one of these displays on an iPod and its over.

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