Sharp to launch a glasses-free 3D smartphone with 3D camera

Sharp has announced that they will be using a glasses free auto-stereoscopic 3D screen on a new smartphone that is scheduled to release before New Years Day 2011. The smartphone will utilize the same technology that is behind the Nintendo 3DS.

It will also have a 3D capable camera attached to it, able to take pictures and video in 3D to be viewed on compatible devices.

It will not be the first 3D phone to release however, with Hitachi announcing earlier this year that the KDDI Japanese carrier and NTT docomo will utilize this prototype 3D display. A Sharp spokeswoman stated that this smartphone will be launching internationally, which will not be happening to the above Japanese only 3D phones.

Sharp is the biggest Japanese phone distributor but has failed to ignite sales overseas. With its previous attempt, the Kin being developed in conjunction with Microsoft; failing to sell enough copies to stay on the market. It lasted only three months in the very large but competitive U.S. market, falling short against the other smartphones available.

The 3D display allows viewers to see 3D images without the need for special glasses or eyewear. However, people will need to view the phone from the correct distance and angle to see the 3D display correctly. But with mobile phones it is less likely to be an issue, seeing how you are usually viewing it from the front anyway. The release date is not a specific date but Sharp is stating it will launch the smartphone worldwide before New Years Day 2011.

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3D phone?! When i watch a 3D movie in cinema for just that short period (1 1/2 hours), i already have a headache. You want me to SMS, make calls, browse the internet with 3D effect?! I'll go blind!!!

spicyjoe said,
3D phone?! When i watch a 3D movie in cinema for just that short period (1 1/2 hours), i already have a headache. You want me to SMS, make calls, browse the internet with 3D effect?! I'll go blind!!!

Without glasses? Usually the polarized glasses are the cause of headaches when it comes to watching movies in 3D. When the glass-less 3D TVs come out, go and have a look at one for a bit, see if it gives you a headache. Technically, our eyes are _meant_ to see in 3D as the real world is 3D, so it shouldn't affect you beyond the problem that comes from the glasses.

Metodi Mitov said,

Without glasses? Usually the polarized glasses are the cause of headaches when it comes to watching movies in 3D. When the glass-less 3D TVs come out, go and have a look at one for a bit, see if it gives you a headache. Technically, our eyes are _meant_ to see in 3D as the real world is 3D, so it shouldn't affect you beyond the problem that comes from the glasses.


Oh wow, i didn't know that actually. Thanks for the facts. Appreciate it.

Metodi Mitov said,

Without glasses? Usually the polarized glasses are the cause of headaches when it comes to watching movies in 3D. When the glass-less 3D TVs come out, go and have a look at one for a bit, see if it gives you a headache. Technically, our eyes are _meant_ to see in 3D as the real world is 3D, so it shouldn't affect you beyond the problem that comes from the glasses.

It's not the glasses' fault- it's the fact that it's simulated 3D, and while the illusion is very convincing, it's still not perfect. It makes our eyes and brains work in an unnatural way, which is where the strain comes from. I suspect that without glasses, it will still be not-quite-right and cause strain- at least for the first few generations.

See Nintendo trainblazes and everyone follows. I would love this feature in all portable devices. Will iPhones and iTouches, or PSP2s breakout this new feature. How will Nintendo then set it self apart from the bunch. I guess with games that make really good use and battery life to die for... meaning your battery will be low before your DS is on its last...

Never thought that Sharp is the biggest Japanese phone distributor....
But 3D on a Phone is going to become a trend, next year Black Berry 10,000 includes 3D camera; iPhone 5, 5 different way to see reality and 5 different ways to take a picture in 3D.

Anyways can't wait to see what's next.

Darkmiss said,
ahh isn't the home 3D fad over yet, wake me up when it's over please.

If you think it's a Fad, you're sadly mistaken. 3D is excellent, and will only get better and more involving.

You'd have been the sort of person who said "Why do we need color? We don't need color on our TV's ..." back when color started coming out at higher prices than standard black and white TV's. It's called progression. Watching a film or playing a game where you feel you can touch what's in front of you is an incredible thing.

Spirit Dave said,

If you think it's a Fad, you're sadly mistaken. 3D is excellent, and will only get better and more involving.

The fact of the matter is that 3D is a fad. It has come in and out of fashion several times over the last 50 or 60 years. Only people under 30 think it's something new.

roadwarrior said,

The fact of the matter is that 3D is a fad. It has come in and out of fashion several times over the last 50 or 60 years. Only people under 30 think it's something new.

But before it was a cheap gimmick, now we have the technology to make it something worth paying for. It's still in it's infancy though and a lot of movies and company's are doing it cheaply and ruining it. Avatar 3D was amazing, it didn't just throw things at you, it gave the movie a more realistic feel with depth.

I've not used the 3DS but reviews say it's alright but not that impressive and now mobile company's are jumping on the 3D bandwagon, they are just using it the now as something to print on the box.

Spend wisely. oh look Piranha 3D it's got a small budget and the trailer is **** the 3D should make it amazing though. But if you actually look behind the film and take a look at the timescale of it's production and the production cost the 3D has been added post production which means the 3D will hardly look better than Jaws 3D, the feature shouldn't be in the title imagine if you got a film like, Independence Day Bluray, it's a cheap gimick put on a ****ty film, anyone with half a brain will know that movie is going to suck.

roadwarrior said,

The fact of the matter is that 3D is a fad. It has come in and out of fashion several times over the last 50 or 60 years. Only people under 30 think it's something new.

I'm over 30. And I agree with the poster below you. Previous 3D was gimmicky. But if you've seen 3D lately, you'll know it's not a gimmick. Argh, it's such a massive shame that people keep saying things like you are. It's limited thinking. Well, I hope you're enjoying your 2D viewing when the rest of the world moves to 3D eventually. It's like when people said HD wouldn't take off and they couldn't see the difference. When clearly you can, and it did take off.

Gaffney said,
regarding PIRANHA 3d - the 3D has been added post production which means the 3D will hardly look better than Jaws 3D...

And on that you would be dead wrong. I've seen the Piranha 3D footage at Comic Con and it was AMAZING. The company that did this work is new, and is NOT the same approach or look at the craptastic Airbender and Titans 3d atrocities.

The company is very under the radar right now, but I suspect they won't be when Piranha comes to theaters later this month.

ahhell said,
What would anyone need 3D on a phone???

They could make the contact list look like it's sticking out of the phone poised to stab you or something? Honestly, I can't think of a use for it either.

ahhell said,
What would anyone need 3D on a phone???

3D doesn't have to have a 'use' as such .... but if you use 3D correctly, you could make interfaces even more involving and deep. For instance, your contact list could be in the Z depth ... or you could slide windows in front of and behind each other. Don't close your mind to the possibilities. You may not know what to do with a 3D phone device, but there's a lot of very smart people working in the industry who do

Spirit Dave said,

but if you use 3D incorrectly, you could make interfaces even more confusing and cluttered.

Corrected part of that for you.

roadwarrior said,

Corrected part of that for you.

A bad designer would sure. But a good design wouldn't. You're thinking is far too limited. Good thing you're not an interface designer

ahhell said,
What would anyone need 3D on a phone???

Hey when a girl sends you a nude photo taken with her 3D phone camera, the boobs will stick out at you in 3D..... comon use common sense here

neufuse said,

Hey when a girl sends you a nude photo taken with her 3D phone camera, the boobs will stick out at you in 3D..... comon use common sense here

thats what she said

Wow, it's too early in the morning. I originally read this as Sharp was giving away free 3D glasses for their new smartphone... Now that would be a dumb idea for a phone.