Chinese Company Shows Off Prototype Glasses-Free 3D Tablet

Posted: Aug 27 2010, 1:59am CDT | by , in Computer Hardware


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Chinese Company Shows Off Prototype Glasses-Free 3D Tablet

Another 3D product? You betcha!

Oh, yeah. The 3D ride continues to take twists and turns, and now we've got the latest product that can display video with the sense of depth, without the need for 3D glasses.

The emerging technology, known as autostereoscopic 3D, has a lot of disadvantages over the current 3D TV standard (stereoscopic 3D), because its visuals aren't as deep and it requires viewers to be at a very specific angle to prevent image blurring.

So it works for smaller devices, but companies like Toshiba and Sony that want to bring it to full-scale HDTVs could face mounting difficulty.

Enter the Supernova X1 3D tablet. It's pretty much the perfect marriage of the current autostereoscopic 3D tech being used in small digital photo frames and the upcoming Nintendo 3DS handheld, and an increasing desire for the tech to be brought to larger devices.

It comes from a company called FuZhou Rockchip Electronics, and this iPad killer is just a prototype at this point. However, it could be just what the glasses-free 3D market needs right now. And it actually gives users a reason to turn their heads away from their iPads. At this point there's no word on pricing or availability but we do hope it gets on store shelves at some point.


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