iPhone, now playing in 3D

While Apple may not be building 3D into the iPhone any time soon, that doesn’t mean that customers don’t want it. Well, luckily there’s another option.

A company called Global Wave recently demoed something they like to call the Pic3D Sheet. When one of these sheets is placed over the screen of an iPhone, iPod, or iPad, it creates a glasses-free 3D effect.

Reportedly, the sheet utilizes something called lenticular lens technology to output a smoother, more consistent image with a 90% transmission level and 120-degree field of view. The dedicated Pic3D iOS app outputs video in a side-by-side format that, paired with the Pic3D sheet, simulates a 3D image.

Okay, so what does this all mean? Basically, you put this screen-shield on your phone and bam! 3D iPhone. Now keep in mind that this doesn’t work for everything on your iPhone screen – according to Global Wave:

“Basically it will work with video files which are in the side by side format, and if you input URLs for side by side formatted content on sites such as YouTube, it will work with them too. Right now we plan to begin sales in early August, and at first we plan to sell it through our own direct sales website.”

When this thing actually does go on sale, prices will range from $25 for the iPhone sheet, to $186 for the 23-inch computer screen sheet (Windows only). This is definitely an interesting concept, and if it works it’ll surely be a big hit. I am skeptical, however. Reviews of the HTC Evo 3D have not been very good, so I’m excited to see how this method of mobile-3D differs from that device. At any rate, if you’ve been to the movies lately, you’ll know that 3D is in.

Personally, I’m not the biggest 3D fan (gives me a headache), so I’ll wait to see a couple reviews. What about you? When this thing does launch, are you going to buy one? Or better yet, would a 3D iPhone be of interest to you whether it was done by Apple or a third party, or do you like your iPhones in the 2D flavor? Let me know in the comments, or on twitter!

Via: Engadget, CrunchGear

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  • Roopull

    Sorry… I see my phone(s) as being a practical device used to do things, not a big stupid toy.  3D is okay for big screens, but just a bit of eye candy on a phone.  I don’t care how good the 3D effect is… unless it makes the device more usable, I’m not interested.

    • Bill

      If you have a 3D camera, such as Fujifilm’s W3, you can view your 3D photos and videos directly on an iPhone. Not a toy, but certainly not mainstream. Stereophotography is a fairly big hobby out there.

  • Hoi

    i hope they dont get sued..

  • Guest

    id enjoy it, on another note, am i the only one whos wondering why the cut-out for the front facing camera is over the earpiece/sensors ? iphone 5/4s prototype perhaps ?

    • Hank Christy

      It is the iPod touch 4g

  • Guest

    id enjoy it, on another note, am i the only one whos wondering why the cut-out for the front facing camera is over the earpiece/sensors ? iphone 5/4s prototype perhaps ?

  • http://www.breslowmd.com/ TamicaFishman

    it’ll surely be a big hit. I am skeptical, however.
     
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