What's next for 3D? It has taken over the cinema, the gaming world, the
television world...what could possibly be next in 3D's crosshairs? What
about mobile? In years past, there has been a few solutions for bringing
a 3D effect to gaming handhelds, and recently, Nintendo has announced
plans for a factory-built 3D handheld. But there are two devices in
particular with a huge following, and if someone were to put 3D on
those, they'd be in for a profitable treat.
Of course, we're talking about the 125 million iPhone
units in circulation, and now toy maker Hasbro is promising to bring 3D
to both of them. They're the country's second-largest toy maker, and the
My3D device is basically a ViewMaster but for an iPhone or iPod touch.
These 3D goggles have a slot in the middle of them where you would slide
your iPhone or iPod touch. Then, when looking through it, you'd see 3D
images from content on your device.
Since the iPhone and iPod touch have 2D displays, you'll need to use
special My3D content. This will be soon available in the App Store; some
of it free, some of it for a charge. Hasbro is hoping to use this to
provide 3D gaming, augmented reality and even virtual travel options.
It's not aimed specifically at the education market; rather, it's being
marketed towards kids and adults of all ages.
The device itself will cost just $30, and should go on sale early next
themselves actually had a hand in making sure the device was
up to snuff, but who knows if they will have any hand in the marketing.
This thing definitely has potential, but the sheer size of it may turn
some folks off. You can't exactly tote this around in your back pocket,
so it's mostly an at-home thing. And at home seems to be the place where
you'd need it the least.