Friday, September 29, 2006

 

DoCoMo develops 3D image system for mobiles

Today DoCoMo announced a prototype 3D image generation system which could eventually find its way into mobile phones of the future.

The image is displayed using a lenticular lens (had to look that one up on Wikipedia!) and the system uses the phone’s camera or an alternative method to determine the viewer’s viewing angle and alters the image accordingly in real time. So, for example, if you move to the right, you can see the right hand side of the image and if you look at it from above, the display will show a top-down view. Of course, due to the nature of the system, it can only be viewed by one person at a time.

The applications for this system will likely be mobile games and mobile shopping sites. DoCoMo is working on commercializing the system and will be displaying the technology next week at Ceatec Japan.


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