Glasses-free 3D is making significant moves into the consumer market. Fujifilm introduced the W3 point-and-shoot 3D camera last year that I bought a few months ago. The LG Optimus 3G Android-powered smartphone is capable of viewing 3D glasses-free as well as recording 3D video. Nintendo’s 3DS brings glasses-free 3D viewing and recording down to the pre-teen crowd (as well as older gamers, of course). But, how about a mobile device with a larger screen? Say, a notebook PC? Toshiba has this covered:
The dynabook Qosmio T851/D8CR has a 15.6-inch display that not only provides glasses-free 3D viewing but also a dedicated image processor that somehow makes conventional 2D images appear to have more depth (3D). It also is able to keep captions at a stable depth during 3D viewing. Toshiba says that “Face3D” uses Toshiba’s distinctive high-speed, high-accuracy face detection technology to locate faces in 2D images and then applies a human depth template to the image, giving the features more depth and assuring a 3D appearance with graded shading. This technology is aimed specifically at digital broadcast signals. However, it probably isn’t too much of a stretch to imagine this quasi-3D transformation being applied to Skype video calls in the future.