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Qualcomm's Glasses-free 3D Tablet Revealed

Qualcomm (San diego, CA, USA) displayed a prototype of afirst autostereoscopic 3D tablet at the International CTIA-Wireless 2012 convention in New Orleans, USA (May 8-10, 2012). The tablet is an excellent demonstration of the power of the Snapdragon processor in an Android based device. Stereoscopic 3D user interfaces developed with the KANZI solution is seen as a great way to attack the 3D tablet market for Qualcomm.

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A New Autostereoscopic Display Offers 720p Resolution

3DIS (South Korea) is now offering a new 4.5 inches autostereoscopic display panel offering 720p resolution (1280x720 pixels). The panel offers high brigthness, a very wide viewing angle without 3D glasses and a cross-talk level under 1%.

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Toshiba 3D Laptop is now cheaper

The Toshiba Qosmio F755-3D150 is a Glasses-free 3D autostereoscopic laptop with a 15" screen. This updated version of the Qosmio F755 shows some notable improvement over the original and is available in the US for 1,299$, someting like 400$ less than last year's version.

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Android 3D tablets are the Next Big Thing

The next visual advance in the mobile world could be glasses-free autostereoscopic 3D tablets already being shown in prototype form recently. MasterImage 3D has been showing off a prototype Android 4.0 tablet (Ice Cream Sandwich) that features the company’s proprietary 3D stereoscopic display technology.

The so-called reference design tablet was created by Qualcomm and features the company’s Snapdragon S4 processor that has yet to be commercially released. MasterImage 3D's first prototype was shown publicly for the first time at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona end of February 2012, but the company has started to make more formal presentations this week at NAB. The extra cost of 3D but be as low as 50$ compared to the 2D version when volume is there.

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Nokia Maps goes 3D

Last year, Nokia introduced a version of Nokia Maps that uses WebGL to render advanced graphics instead of a browser plug-in, which meant that it wouldn't require a separate browser plug-in for 3D views.

That beta has recently seen a quiet and fun little update: a 3D stereoscopic toggle that gives you a 3D experience if you have the proper glasses to see it (actuall only Red/Cyan anaglyph glasses are supported). Google has now a very similar thing in Google Street View (press 'T' on your keyboard when in Google StreetView). No need to have a Nokia phone to test it: it is available on any WebGL browser (i.e. Chrome or Firefox).

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