Sharp shows 3-D displays for mobile devices

Sharp’s latest 3-D displays deliver bright, clear imagery without the cumbersome glasses usually required for such technology—but they only work on a 3-inch screen held a foot from the viewer’s face, reports the Associated Press. Sharp on April 2 demonstrated liquid crystal screens for mobile devices that showed 3-D animation, touch-panel screens that switched from one 3-D photo to another, and a display connected to a 3-D video camera. Movies and TVs in 3-D are no longer surprising. Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. of Japan, as well as South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics, already sell or are planning to sell 3-D TVs. The drawback until now has been the need for special glasses, which show different images to the right eye and the left eye. Sharp’s 3-D technology doesn’t require special glasses, however, because the displays are designed to shoot different images to each eye. The technology might be applied to TVs in the future, said Executive Managing Officer Yoshisuke Hasegawa. But he acknowledged it now works better when the distance between the viewer and the screen is fixed. The smaller displays for now are intended for mobile devices such as cell phones, game machines, and digital cameras…

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