German Camera Maker Minox Reveals Glasses-Free 3D Cam

Posted: Sep 20 2010, 11:11am CDT | by , in News | Hot Gadgets


German Camera Maker Minox Reveals Glasses-Free 3D Cam
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Everyone wants a piece of the 3D pie

When advancements come to TV and movies, digital cameras are usually soon to follow. Minox appears to be following the new trend of the industry by teasing a new 3D camera that will display photos users can see without special 3D glasses.

One of the biggest hurdles facing the new 3D TV standard, known as stereoscopic 3D, is some consumers see 3D glasses as a humongous hassle. But another standard called autostereoscopic 3D is quickly catching on.

That standard can display images with the perception of depth without the need for glasses. This is done by embedding thousands of tiny mirrors directly into the display to make it appear as though the images extend beyond the confines of an otherwise flat screen.

The problem is that the technology is only optimized for very small displays at this point. In other words, it's perfect for digital photo frames as well as camera viewfinder screens. This is also the same tech that will power Nintendo's upcoming glasses-free 3D system the 3DS.

Minox says its upcoming PX3D camera will provide "fascinating and realistic" 3D photos and says it will be a "revolutionary" solution to the 3D craze.

Aside from that, not much has been revealed about the PX3D at this time. It will be officially shown off at next week's Photokina photography trade show, where we're sure to see a whole bunch of 3D cameras.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at




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