Is 3D really the future? The jury's still out, for sure, but there's no question that it's been somewhat of a hit in the mobile realm. While 3DTVs may be moving slowly, the HTC EVO 3D (among other phones) seem to have struck a chord with users. Some may suggest it's all still a gimmick, but hey, some gimmicks sell! IEE, Inc. has integrated 3M's autostereoscopic technology into its field-proven, military-qualified handheld 4.8" control display unit (CDU). What's that mean for you? Perhaps, new glasses-free 3D smartphones.
A close cooperation between IEE and 3M is facilitating the development of the 3D display for custom applications. Initially developed for use in terrain mapping, remote robotics control and enhanced video feeds, the new 3D display is making its way in virtually all rugged, military display applications from remote observation to training environments.
In addition to the 3D functionality, key design elements are the unit's small size and LED backlight technology that provides a low power, portable device with a higher resolution than other displays using 3D technology. The new 4.8" display decreases off-axis image reversals and color distortions, a common concern in the use of 3D technologies, and can easily be switched to 2D with imagery comparable to modern day smart phones.
The display features a resolution of 800 x 480 x RGB with a typical brightness of 200 cd/m2in both 2D and 3D modes with an optimum viewing distance of 16". External dimension are 3.45" x 5.98" x 1.22". A system integration development (SID) kit that allows developers to work with the 3D display technologies and related software will be available for government agencies and prime contractors in first quarter 2012. Technology demonstrations are available now, with units scheduled to ship in second quarter 2012.
Now, if only that glasses-free stuff could get more sophisticated on the TV side of things...