For the last few months, in fact since the announcement of the 3DS, we have all had mixed feelings regarding the state of 3D technology. The small screen, in my opinion, negates the necessity for 3D, providing only a strain on power and subsequently precious battery life, as illustrated perfectly by the Nintendo 3DS, which has an almost embarrassing endurance.
The thing is, though, 3D is moving fast. So fast, in fact, it may not even be worth buying a 3DTV right now, instead saving your pennies for a day when 3D does not require the awkward and sometimes expensive glasses.
We have recently received news that has forced a giant leap forward for 3D, and could quite possibly lead to greater things, much sooner. No more is glasses-free 3D restricted to 3 or 4″ displays, as Toshiba is launching its latest 3D laptop this July (in Japan), without glasses. Why? Because it doesn’t need them!
This laptop will simultaneously display both 2D and glasses-free 3D images with on the fly image conversion using the SpursEnging and Face3D. Face3D essentially detects an image of a face on screen and uses what’s known as a ‘human depth template’ in order to create a 3D image of that face/head.
What all this means is, you can be browsing the web in standard 2D, for example, whilst having a windowed video playing back in 3D in the next window, and you can simply flick your eyes across without having to put on and take off glasses, thanks to the parallax technique that we’ve seen before. The health risks? Well I’ll guess you’ll have to make the choice between absolutely ruined eyesight, and the RSI gained from constantly removing glasses. No, I don’t know what the health risks will be, but having said that, I’m sure somebody will spew up a few theories of destroyed, or even aided, eyesight.
So what’ll be driving this insane software? Well, it’ll require a lot of power, which inevitably means a lot of price, but what’s on offer is a GeForce GT540M, a Core i5-2410M processor, and up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM. What’s more, the notebook includes a built in Blu-ray player.
The spec sheet on the both the hardware and software front is incredible. Quite revolutionary, in fact, and it stands to reason that competitors will be following this bandwagon closely, and we may see more and more 15″+ displays churning out glasses-free 3D soon, which let’s be honest: Will be awesome.
In truth, this machine won’t be the greatest piece of kit ever made, and by the time the rivals come around to catching up, it certainly won’t be industry leading anymore, but it’s the first step, and should it arrive on these shores, rather than just in Japan, we’ll all rejoice for 3D once more.
So, what do you think of this advancement in 3D technology? It seems a bit sudden in truth, with a huge jump between glasses-free 3D portable games consoles and then a 15″ laptop. How long before we are unveiling TV’s with the same technology? How long before the price is reasonable enough to actually enjoy in our living rooms?