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Qualcomm's New Passive 3D Tablets Coming Soon

April 27, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
Glimpses of the technology, which should be available in 2013.



April 20, 2012 by David Zax via TechnologyReview.com -- Because no gadget, work of art, or experience is complete without a 3-D option, you can soon expect to see the third dimension coming to a tablet near you. This week, the LA Times went hands on with one of the more promising offerings in the offing: a Qualcomm tablet that uses MasterImage's 3-D display. (Full name: "Cell-Matrix Parallax Barrier Technology.")

qualcomm_3d_tablet.jpgOne interesting feature of MasterImage's tech is that they've decided to keep doors open: their screens can be implemented on iOS, Android, or Windows. In a confirmation of the importance of mobile, their strategy is to focus on handheld screens, for now. "Our technology can go bigger," said Matt Liszt to the LAT. "But we really do want to focus on having the most beautiful, wonderful experience on the smartphones and tablets."

Liszt refused to go into details about licensing, beyond saying that a "few deals" are in the works, and that we could expect to see tablets featuring his company's tech by early 2013. No word either on how much this premium feature would cost you on a given smartphone or tablet.

A video or two surfaced of the tablet at the Mobile World Conference back in February. I'm not one to drool over screens, typically, but the MasterImage 3-D pulls off an unusual feat--conveying its high resolution even within the confines of a YouTube video. See for instance, this one from MiniPCPro.

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