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3D screens, the first in 2003

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After the announcements of the past months Sharp sets in 2003 the debut date of the first LCD screens with 3D effect.

The system that allows the viewing of three-dimensional images without the use of special glasses, announced some time ago, is undergoing the final touches and should find practical application in screens released during 2003.

There will be two reference markets: the home and consumer markets, in particular the games market, and the business market for the medical and design fields. These two segments have long awaited a technology that is able, without further “accessories” and complicated artifices, to show 3D images, just what Sharp's screens promise to do.

The system based on the use of two parallel TFTs that show images in parallax and that direct the image in different directions. The brain receives and processes the images as if they were in 3D creating the "relief" effect.

Sharp in the past weeks has already introduced a phone with a screen based on this concept to the Japanese market; in some computer reviews he showed 15-inch monitors and laptop screens that use his 3D technology. According to Sharp herself, at least one laptop with this type of screen could be put into production in 2003.

According to Sharp, the system will quickly catch on because the costs of the screens, initially higher than the traditional ones by 50%, will drop quickly and because the modification of the software to have the benefits of the 3D effect will be very minimal, less than a day of work , for example, to bring in 3D Quake.

The only concrete problem, currently, that the distance from the screen has a very reduced tolerance if you want to have the 3D effect: no more and no less than forty centimeters.

The interest in three-dimensionality in the IT field is growing very rapidly. A consortium has recently been established to deal with establishing software and hardware standards for the development of applications and systems capable of displaying images in three dimensions; the consortium includes, among others, Toshiba, Sony, Olympus, Kodak and Microsoft.

The foundation of the consortium, which held its first meeting a few days ago, an important step towards the growth of this market segment,