Sharp launches the first 3D notebook

The world's first notebook that allows users the choice between viewing images in 2D or 3D has been launched by Sharp Systems.

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By  Andrew Picken Published  December 16, 2003

The world's first notebook that allows users the choice between viewing images in 2D or 3D has been launched by Sharp Systems.

Aimed at the design, medical and mapping markets, the Sharp Actius RD3D can easily switch between 2D and 3D display modes, with its TFT 3D LCD allowing the notebook to display 3D images for realistic visualisation of complex geometry.

"The technology works on the principle of displaying left and right eye views that are separated so that the left eye sees only the left eye image, and the right eye sees only the right eye image," explained Ian Matthew, 3D solutions business development manager, Sharp Systems of America.

"Since these images have perspective and are offset in the same way that the human eye normally sees the two images, the brain naturally interprets the image disparity and creates a 'sense of depth' effect. The result is a 3D, 'out of screen display', which provides users with a visual experience previously unattainable without polarised or liquid crystal shuttering lenses."

Using a parallax barrier, light from the LCD is divided so that different patterns reach the viewer's left and right eyes. The direction in which light leaves the display is controlled so that the left and right eyes see different images. When centred in front of the display, each eye receives the correct visual information for the brain to process. This makes it possible for the image on screen to appear in three dimensions without the user having to wear special goggles.

The Actius RD3D notebook comes equipped with a TFT 3D LCD display panel that can be switched between 2D and 3D display modes with the touch of a button. Sharp claims that the Actius RD3D, equipped with a 15-inch XGA (1024 x 768) LCD screen, also provides supreme image clarity. In order to provide the advanced visual processing power for 3D applications, the Actius RD3D comes equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go graphic processing unit, with 64 MB of dedicated graphics memory.

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