Hold your horses! Although Samsung unveiled that 55-inch glasses-free 3D TV prototype last week and even said it was possible to see such a product on store shelves in about three years, the Korean electronics giant is now backtracking on that claim.
Well, it's official: 3D phones are a trend. An hour after Sprint proudly revealed its EVO 3D, AT&T quietly showed off the LG Thrill at a small after-show cocktail event, another glasses-free 3D phone that snaps and captures 3D stills and movies, and plays 3D games like the forthcoming Nintendo 3DS.
Just how stupid or sane you think 3D is will affect how you feel about the HTC EVO 3D Sprint unveiled this afternoon here in Orlando at the CTIA show. Not only does this latest EVO have a beautiful 4.3-inch 960 x 540 pixel glasses-free "QHD" 3D screen, but it also shoots 3D stills and video.
Here we go. It's smartphone season and everybody's going for dual-core this and four-inch screen that. This puppy right here is taking a page from Nintendo's 3DS — the LG Thrill 4G will be the first U.S. smartphone to boast a glasses-free 3D screen.
In the TV business, a hit TV show is said to "jump the shark" when it can no longer sustain the qualities that made it a hit in the first place, and so resorts to some sort of weird stunt in what is usually a failed effort to maintain fading ratings. This week, the cellphone business may have jumped the shark with two bizarre events. Last week, Sprint unwrapped the Kyocera-made Echo, a cell phone designed somewhat like a trundle bed. Echo looks like a thicker version of a regular slab cell, but the top 3.5-inch screen top flips up and over and clicks alongside a second 3.5-inch screen pancaked underneath to create a single 4.7-inch square screen with an eighth-inch bezel seam in the middle. One program can be run across both screens as if it were a single display, or each screen can run a separate, independent program. Then, today (Friday, February 11), and tomorrow, T-Mobile will give anyone who signs a two-year deal any phone in the store for free, including the carrier's $100 4G models. That's right — competition in the cellphone business has gotten to the point that T-Mobile has been prompted to actually give away its phones. These are unlikely to be isolated retail or product "jump the shark" incidents. We're sure to see more cell strangeness as the World Mobile Congress convenes next week in Barcelona, a potential Shark Week sans the Discovery Channel cameras, which we'll explore after our own jump.
Aside from being what appeared to be the center of the tablet universe, CES 2011 was also all about glasses-free 3D, with huge hitters like Sony, Samsung and LG all showing off their autostereoscopic displays — on small screens. NICT's 200-inch glasses-free 3D display is exactly the type that would push 3D out of fad and into the mainstream.
François Vogel hates 3D glasses. The man seemingly hates them so much that he's devised a tiny little device that attaches to the side of your eyes and syncs your blinks to a monitor. Yes, it syncs your eyes.
Getting a 3D TV right now is silly. There's a serious lack of content, and the "right" way to do 3D — at least for the general consumer — hasn't even been invented yet. It'll get better over the next few years, but there's one area where 3D is good right now: cameras.
Get ready for another 3D technology that will try to blow your visual cortexes all over over again. LG has a new 3D display technology that will attempt to improve a few critical areas of 3D that have made the format so bothersome.
Earlier this year, there was a ripple in the time space continuum that suggested Apple was looking into potentially incorporating a projector into its MacBook notebook computers. Now, we have another patent that indicates Apple could be messing around with 3D projection display systems sans glasses.