Sharp to Sell 3-D Phones that Don't Require Glasses
For all the wonders of 3-D technology, many people are still annoyed by the need to wear glasses. Sharp plans to circumvent the problem by releasing 3-D capable phones that don't require special glasses.
The move isn't unprecedented. Nintendo recently developed a version of its handheld gaming console, the 3DS, that can display 3-D images to the naked eye.
The 3-D phones use a special screen with a parallax barrier that allows each eye to see a slightly different image from the same screen. Nintendo's 3DS screen , while not perfect, does a remarkable job of simulating 3-D content through this simple display.
So far, the Sharp 3-D phones that have been on display all use a form of the Google Android operating system .
The company wants to acquire 30 percent of the smartphone market with these 3-D phones, which means selling 5 million handsets per year. The company has not mentioned if the U.S. phones will be the same model as the Japanese phones launching this year.
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