According to industry pundits, 3D is the next big thing in display technology. It’s already taking over latest TVs, and this year 3D moved to the small smartphone displays.
But 3D, even on a big cinema screen, still looks a bit of a fad to me. And don’t get me started on the first 3D smartphone offerings like LG Optimus 3D or HTC EVO 3D. Still, who knows? It’s only the first generation of this technology, and maybe they’ll figure out how to do it right.
Which brings us to Nokia and potentially uber cool 3D Communicator they have been cooking in R&D labs:
Described in a patent application called “Autostereoscopic rendering and display apparatus”, Nokia 3D Communicator should come with two displays – one 3D and one 2D. It will have a bunch of front facing cameras to follow your eye movements. By determining your viewing angles, it can adjust the 3D display projections accordingly so the 3D object does not blur, and even allow the projected 3D objects to cast realistic shadows on a second 2D display with touch interface controls. The cameras can also figure out the position of your finger in relation to the illusionary 3D object you try to manipulate.
I don’t know. Usually such futuristic things look much better on paper and our imagination. But if R&D and software guys in Espoo can make it work seamlessly on a mass produced device, such Nokia Communicator 3D could be pretty cool.
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