Take in 3D gaming without the glasses
You can add laptops to the growing list of devices that support glasses-free 3D technology. Asus revealed its first such model at this week's Computex trade show in Taipei.
The G53SX not only allows users to view 3D content without the need for 3D glasses, but it can also convert any standard 2D image into 3D in real-time.
Under the hood, it contains an Intel Core i7 processor, a Z68 motherboard, and a GeForce 560M graphics chip. It's a powerful machine that will no doubt come with a high asking price, though Asus did not reveal that detail this week.
Glasses-free 3D technology, known in technical circles as autostereoscopic 3D, has been around for years in digital signage, medical applications, and high-end corporate functions, but it has just been within the last several months that it's managed to make a splash in the consumer market.
It started last year with 3D digital cameras with glasses-free 3D preview screens, and accompanying 3D photo frames. And in late 2010, Toshiba revealed the world's first autostereoscopic 3D TV for the mass market.
But it wasn't until Nintendo's 3DS came out a couple months ago that most people fully became aware of the technology. Now it is becoming a much more prominent feature. Sprint and HTC are set to debut a smartphone with a glasses-free 3D display later this month, and tablets are expected to follow suit.
Asus's new laptop becomes the first computer - an ambitious device - to incorporate the technology. It also comes at a time when Nvidia, the only real player in glasses-required 3D computer graphics, is trying to increase its presence in the market.
Nvidia recently launched a new, cheaper version of its 3D display kit, but it requires users to plug a pair of 3D glasses into their USB port in order to view 3D content. The rise in glasses-free 3D tech seems to suggest consumers are not flocking to the traditional glasses-required content.