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Toshiba announces a glasses free 3D laptop

Displays 2D and 3D at the same time
Wed Apr 20 2011, 12:36

JAPANESE ELECTRONICS MAKER Toshiba has announced a glasses-free 3D laptop that will be released in July.

Toshiba says the complexly named Dynabook Qosmio T851/D8CR will be the world's first glasses-free laptop. Unfortunately the projected release date of late July is only for Japan.

We contacted Toshiba to find out if the device will tip up in the UK, to which it replied, "this has only been announced in Japan so far, but I'll make sure you're made aware if we announce it in the UK".

We don't hold the greatest hope for a UK release anytime soon, since Toshiba's glasses-free 3D TVs have been available in Japan since 2010 but they haven't cropped up yet on the continent.

The Dynabook uses parallax technology to avoid the need for glasses to be able to view a 3D image. Using "face tracking" and "active lens" features the laptop can track the user's face and recognise the position of the eyes to adjust the image accordingly.

Hopefully this will stop the current problems with the narrow viewing window found on other parallax devices such as the Nintendo 3DS.

The laptop can also display 2D content at the same time as 3D on the same screen. It achieves this using the active lens technology, which controls the polarisation of the screen.

Toshiba says, "Active Lens can be turned off and on quickly and locally, which means individual parts of the LED panel can deliver 3D images."

Much like the line-up of laptops and TVs that we saw at Toshiba World Conference in Rome earlier this month, the Dynabook can convert 2D content to 3D in real time using a dedicated image processor called Spursengine. µ


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