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Sharp to Sell 3D laptop for $3299

CmdrTaco posted about 11 years ago | from the looking-for-the-sailboat dept.

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prostoalex writes "The laptop that allows the user to view the 3D images without the special glasses is finally being sold by Sharp. The price tag is $3299. Actius 3DRD runs Pentium 4 2.8 GHz with 512 MB DDR SDRAM and is also capable of displaying two images in parallax."

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Cheap! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200622)

But does it feel real?

Only YOU can prevent French people. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200751)

Remember, only YOU can prevent the further procreation of French people. Write your congressman TODAY to request an immediate atomization of all French territory and all it contains.

Thank you.

WILDCAT IS ON TEH SPOKE (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200626)

Yes (0, Flamebait)

JRSiebz (691639) | about 11 years ago | (#7200628)

Sweet! I can finnally watch the booty divx of Spy Kids 3D I've just been dying to watch. Not!

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200639)

first 3d post for adi
dan

Damn! And I just bought a Powerbook! (0, Troll)

teamhasnoi (554944) | about 11 years ago | (#7200641)

I guess I'll have to be happy with the fact that I won't be subject to the Windows 3D goatse worm.

ew.

Re:Damn! And I just bought a Powerbook! (1)

pmz (462998) | about 11 years ago | (#7200756)

Windows 3D goatse worm

Damn, such bad timing! Who'd have paid money to see Schwarzenegger in a movie about a city in the future on another planet ravaged by huge worms living in gaping holes? It could have been a sci-fi classic :(

What OS does it run? (1)

DeltaSigma (583342) | about 11 years ago | (#7200644)

Windows XPXP?

Re:What OS does it run? (4, Funny)

TexVex (669445) | about 11 years ago | (#7200695)

Hmm! Maybe they should click here to see how cool LindowsOS is! [lindows.com]

I'm seriously, guys. Click the link. It doesn't just go to the Lindows site. It goes to a part of the site that will make you wonder exactly what the Lindows folks are smoking.

Re:What OS does it run? (1)

DeltaSigma (583342) | about 11 years ago | (#7200749)

Christ, I think I've just been converted to .NET. Don't ever do that again! Ever!

holy shit the lindows song?!?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200752)

all the Lindows kids, adding software is so fun, let's do the Lindows rock.

The internet scares me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200791)

That's it! I'm unpluggin my modem right n

CONNECTION LOST

Re:The internet scares me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200877)

It's supposed to be 'NO CARRIER', you flaming faggot.

Re:What OS does it run? (1)

GreyPoopon (411036) | about 11 years ago | (#7200799)

It goes to a part of the site that will make you wonder exactly what the Lindows folks are smoking.

Fortunately for the world, the marketing folks who dream up this kind of stuff aren't the same ones who actually handle development.

Re:What OS does it run? (1)

FuzzyBad-Mofo (184327) | about 11 years ago | (#7200828)

Gotta admit, that picture of Ballmer was pretty sick tho!

Re:What OS does it run? (1)

DeltaSigma (583342) | about 11 years ago | (#7201050)

Good point. Upon reconsideration, I have not been converted to .NET.

target_audience > /dev/null (1)

MegaFur (79453) | about 11 years ago | (#7200890)

Yeah that was fairly frightening. According to the credits someone named Kevin Carmony did the lyrics for that uh... "song".

The thing is I don't think that song's going to appeal to anyone. The target audience for Lindows is supposed to be the regular user, at lesat that's what I thought. But to understand that "video" you have to know about Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer and tarballs. Ok so the average user knows about Bill, but not the other two. And I doubt all these people choose Lindows over Windows because they hate Windows. Rather, I'd expect them to choose Lindows on accident or because it's cheaper.

So I don't think anyone that understands this flash file is going to like it; and Kevin Carmony should't give up his day job.

Re:What OS does it run? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200931)

holy fucking shit.

I'd like to find the guy who made that video and beat him with sticks.

Re:What OS does it run? (1)

sg_oneill (159032) | about 11 years ago | (#7201048)

holy fucking shit.

I'd like to find the guy who made that video and beat him with sticks.


That response sounds farmiliar AC,.... Hmm. Do you have stairs in your house? [/End secret Mason question]

Re:What OS does it run? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201127)

I'm protected

Re:What OS does it run? (1)

devilspgd (652955) | about 11 years ago | (#7200944)

Who can miss the sing-along [lindows.com] version?

Dear gawd! Free speech be damned, there should be laws preventing this!

Re:What OS does it run? (1)

lostindenver (53192) | about 11 years ago | (#7200762)

That is so funny and Wrong.

I'm buying three! (-1)

Genghis Troll (158585) | about 11 years ago | (#7200649)

Dicks in 9D, baby!!!!!

Well, that's nifty and all.... (1, Interesting)

TheWhaleShark (414271) | about 11 years ago | (#7200650)

Well, that's nifty, viewing 3D without glasses and all...

But you could just save $3299 and simply use some cellophane: http://individual.utoronto.ca/iizuka/research/cell ophane.htm

Re:Well, that's nifty and all.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201066)

But you still need glasses to use the cellophane.

Battery Life (1, Funny)

pardasaniman (585320) | about 11 years ago | (#7200653)

Heh... you just shelled out a load of cash to realize:
The battery life is only 1.3 hours.

Shoulda RTFA before you bought the laptop

Re:Battery Life (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200727)

Sweet! That's much better than I get on my two year-old Dell.

Re:Battery Life (1)

Anonymous Slacker (607727) | about 11 years ago | (#7200854)

Sweet! That's much better than I get on my two year-old Dell.

I hear ya on that. I (and a couple of my coworkers) currently average about 3-5 seconds on battery power with my Dell. This is with a battery that has been fully charged (on someone else's laptop that doesn't have this problem), and it is completely drained when I'm done with it.
Fortunately my laptop's lease is expiring and I ought to be getting a replacement up and running this week. Hopefully it doesn't have the same issue (if I can get by that non-bootable harddrive problem it currenly has...)

Re:Battery Life (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200808)

hey, if youre gonna pay $3299 for uber-geekdom another 100 or so for another battery isnt going to be a problem.

Youre like the guy who doesnt want to buy a Porsche because the insurance is 'just too high'.
If insurance prices is a problem, maybe the car isnt for you.

zeke

Re:Battery Life (1)

Stoutlimb (143245) | about 11 years ago | (#7201045)

I'd still buy it. I don't give a crap about laptop battery life, because I always treat laptops as portable desktop units, and I've always got a plug handy. The last time my battery in my laptop went below 90% was when the power went out.

This think kicks ass. I just wish it was better than 1024x768.

Re:Battery Life (1)

MoonBuggy (611105) | about 11 years ago | (#7201060)

This brings up a serious point: where's my 3D TFT to go with my desktop?

What sort of visual range does this thing have? (2, Interesting)

JayBlalock (635935) | about 11 years ago | (#7200658)

It seems like, for the parallax to work like they're descibing, there'd be a very narrow space you'd be able to stick your eyes to have the effect work. Also, I can't imagine how working with this thing for long wouldn't lead to eye-strain headaches - that's been true of virtually every similar "fake" 3D system.

Anyone have an article with more info on it?

Re:What sort of visual range does this thing have? (1)

Zen Programmer (518532) | about 11 years ago | (#7201030)

I can't imagine how working with this thing for long wouldn't lead to eye-strain headaches - that's been true of virtually every similar "fake" 3D system.

Yeah, I don't see why they don't just design a "real" 3D system, especially in a laptop. The space, weight, and technology constraints would make it so easy.

Re:What sort of visual range does this thing have? (2, Informative)

Java Pimp (98454) | about 11 years ago | (#7201116)

We experimented with a similar display from Dimension Technologies, Inc. [dti3d.com] . Here's how it works [dti3d.com] if you are interested.

It's pretty cool but you don't have much room to move around and we'd get headaches after about half an hour of using it.

Sounds nice, but... (2, Interesting)

cgranade (702534) | about 11 years ago | (#7200663)

Sounds nice, but I think that I'll wait until more content and programs are developed which take advantage of 3-D space. Besides, after shelling out $1900 for a new laptop with the same specs almost, I don't see $3300 for this sucker. Interesting, and I wish it luck, but it isn't for me yet.

Re:Sounds nice, but... (1)

profet (263203) | about 11 years ago | (#7200843)

Admit it....

you are just waiting for multi-angle, multi-dimensional pr0n.

Desktop replacement? (1)

atreus42 (152327) | about 11 years ago | (#7200671)

It weighs about the same and runs about as long as my desktop with a UPS hooked up.

Battery Life: Approx. 1.3 hours
Weight: 10.2 pounds

Re:Desktop replacement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200831)

Uh, Bullshit.

Get a scale. You don't have a desktop PC and UPS that weigh that little unless it's a laptop carcass. I would bet, at minimum, 35-40lbs.

I've shipped over 100 computers in the last two months, and even the little 1U jobbers are over 20lbs, without the UPS. Hell, even a little BookPC weighs more than 10 lbs.

I have one of these [cappuccinopc.com] that only weighs 2 lbs, but the UPS that powers it for about 45 minutes weighs 25lbs.

Methods (0, Flamebait)

Doesn't_Comment_Code (692510) | about 11 years ago | (#7200676)

I read the article, but didn't find anything about how these worked other than a cop-out answer. I've experienced what you might call a 3D effect when different colors are displayed on my LCD monitor. Perhaps their screeen is an extreme of this phenomenon.

Without glasses, I can only assume the screen shows different images as a function of the angle at which you view the screen (like these pictures that "move" because they have ridges in them with different pictures).

I'm very curious to see how well these work.

Re:Methods (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 11 years ago | (#7200902)

you see another picture with another eye basically(two layers on top of each other and something on the top of it to hide the other picture from other eye).

so viewing angle is definetely limited and it's not a miracle making machine. intresting anyways, even though it can be at this point be practical(and affordable) just as a movable '3d' showcase of company products.. or rich boys game toy.

Re:Methods (0)

whizzzo (308797) | about 11 years ago | (#7200964)

I saw a demo of a 3D monitor from Sharp around 1995/6 which tracked a reflective dot which you stuck between your eyes and then used some sort of polarising screen to send images from two different CRTs to each eye independently. It could be completely unrelated to this, but I just remember that it was Sharp so they've been researching 3D displays for a while. The tracking worked well and it looked really good but you probably wouldn't want to carry around a sheet of shiny dots with your laptop. It could just be fixed perspective.

1.3hr battery, 10.2 pounds (5, Funny)

pmz (462998) | about 11 years ago | (#7200679)


You know, a 10 pound laptop brings new meaning to "drag and drop".

Re:1.3hr battery, 10.2 pounds (1)

FuzzyBad-Mofo (184327) | about 11 years ago | (#7200882)

Yeah, well my portable [oldcomputers.net] weighs 25 lbs and doesn't even have a battery, you insensitive clod!

mod up parent (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200935)

pseudo-mod: "+1 Funny"

How does this work? (3, Funny)

venicebeach (702856) | about 11 years ago | (#7200680)

Does anyone understand how this technology works? "Without special glasses" - Do you need to cross your eyes the whole time you are working on the computer?

Re:How does this work? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200715)

In soviet russia the laptop crosses your eyes for you!

I need to visit soviet russia then, (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201099)

that would be super!

Re:How does this work? (1)

rootofevil (188401) | about 11 years ago | (#7200745)

ive seen stereoscopic pong [chalmers.se] before, but an OS? youd have to have an inch of waste on each side of the screen just for the background, not to mention text would be impossible to read. still, it sounds like fun. maybe bolt it on to FVWM or something equally plain and it might work.

Re:How does this work? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201042)

1. Put nose against screen.
2. Slowly move away from screen.
3. Look for hidden 3D surprise beside your My Documents folder.

but ... (-1)

marcomuskus (628509) | about 11 years ago | (#7200683)

.. it can run linux ?

Cheap for Mac fans =) (1, Troll)

Lizard_King (149713) | about 11 years ago | (#7200688)

I hope I'm not misrepresenting Mac owners when I say, $3299? Damn that's cheap!

Re:Cheap for Mac fans =) (1)

Tyler Eaves (344284) | about 11 years ago | (#7201052)

Yes, you are.

My iBook was $969 + $70 Airport card + $43 256Mb SODIMM. It's a super laptop (4 hour battery life!) for under $1100.

heh.. (3, Informative)

AEton (654737) | about 11 years ago | (#7200696)

From the details on Sharp's website:

Includes 3 free Electronic ArtsTM games to showcase the capabilities of the RD3D! Test your cool with James Bond 007: Nightfire, hit the road with Need for SpeedTM Hot Pursuit 2 or putt for dough in Tiger Woods PGA TOUR(R) 2003. All 3 are yours when you order the new RD3D for a limited time.

Yeah, because there's a huge audience of 3D golf afficiandos with $3300 spare. (On the other hand, the integrated hybrid DVD-writer is pretty. It'd be neat if they had software for partial 3D rendering of DVD movies.

So, uh, any guesses on how many years before this technology hits the $500 price point?

Re:heh.. (1)

the uNF cola (657200) | about 11 years ago | (#7200782)

Is this a jab at Apple? :)

/mac owner

Re:heh.. (1)

Elwood P Dowd (16933) | about 11 years ago | (#7200848)

So, uh, any guesses on how many years before this technology hits the $500 price point?

Right when they stop making replacement batteries for it.

Re:heh.. (1)

mpweasel (539631) | about 11 years ago | (#7200946)

Yeah, because there's a huge audience of 3D golf afficiandos with $3300 spare. (On the other hand, the integrated hybrid DVD-writer is pretty. It'd be neat if they had software for partial 3D rendering of DVD movies. So, uh, any guesses on how many years before this technology hits the $500 price point?
...because there's a huge audience of 3D pr0n afficionadoes with $500 spare.

Or at least one.

WTF?! (2, Interesting)

Entropy248 (588290) | about 11 years ago | (#7200699)

Guys, how hard did you have to look to find an article without pictures?! I remember reading the original stories on /. and wanting to see pictures then too! I mean, how odd is it that an article about display technology doesn't have pictures? Wasn't that everyone's first thought? I wanna see if it's any good so that I can buy one. It's like buying a guitar without ever hearing what it sounds like. Or, like buying a CD without ever hearing the band... Ummm. Never mind that last, but you understand.

Great...Where are the applications though? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200717)

IOW...When can I get some 3d pr0n

Re:Great...Where are the applications though? (1)

orthogonal (588627) | about 11 years ago | (#7200772)

IOW...When can I get some 3d pr0n

There's already a special application for producing and displaying 3D porn: it's called a girl (or for some models, a woman).

Sometimes they'll even allow you to touch their naughty bits.

Unfortunately, Slashdotters can't get one for $3299; in fact, most Slashdotters can't get one at any price.

Re:Great...Where are the applications though? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200926)


IOW...When can I get some 3d pr0n

There's already a special application for producing and displaying 3D porn: it's called a girl (or for some models, a woman).


But does it run on Linux???

well, shit... (1)

hyperstation (185147) | about 11 years ago | (#7200721)

i'm blind in one eye, you insensitive clod...

Re:well, shit... (1)

midav (63224) | about 11 years ago | (#7200779)

Obligatory, Futurama:

Mine does not work --Leela

Re:well, shit... (1)

hyperstation (185147) | about 11 years ago | (#7201043)

that's all really funny, but i truly am blind in my left eye :). i remember when i was a kid trying out the 3d glasses. i couldn't figure out what all the fuss was about.

Re:well, shit... (1)

Scorchio (177053) | about 11 years ago | (#7200896)

Really? Wanna buy this other 3D laptop? Don't let the crayon logo fool you, it's genuinely 3D - honest - and a bargain at only $2999.

MOD THIS NIGGER UP! (+4, Racist Homophobic) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201120)

Peeeeeeuuuuuuuuuuuupt!

pr0n (3, Insightful)

kipple (244681) | about 11 years ago | (#7200730)

as it is widely known, to launch a technology you need to make it widely support pr0n. see also: "VCR," "Internet" and so on

does this laptop comes with a full year membership..? I wasn't able to find it out from the links.. :)

Finally! (3, Funny)

tkrotchko (124118) | about 11 years ago | (#7200732)

Now we don't have to listen to people complain that Apple's prices are too high.

is this a hardware thing? (2, Interesting)

demonbug (309515) | about 11 years ago | (#7200734)

I was wondering whether this 3D thing is hardware-based or software-based or a bit of both. One article doesn't say anything about it and the other was /.ed already.

I seem to remember playing a game called Magic Carpet (I think from Bullfrog) years ago that had "actual" 3D images - the kind where you kind of cross your eyes to get the depth right. You know, like pictures of sailboats that you have to stare at for a while before you see anything.

So, what exactly is new about this, and why would I want it?

Re:is this a hardware thing? (1)

Oliver Wendell Jones (158103) | about 11 years ago | (#7201108)

You know, like pictures of sailboats

Obligatory Mallrats quote:
"When do I get to see the sailboat?" -- William Black

Re:is this a hardware thing? (1)

dan g (30777) | about 11 years ago | (#7201112)


You know, like pictures of sailboats that you have to stare at for a while before you see anything.

I think you mean pictures of schooners, right?

Meep-meep (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200739)

I, for one, welcome our new 3D goggle-wearing masters.

Usefullness? (1)

NightWulf (672561) | about 11 years ago | (#7200755)

I'm sure it would be useful in a medical enviornment or a lab or such that needs 3D images of MRI's etc. but for the average person is it really needed? Does Joe Whitecollar need to see the annual reports in 3D Excel, though it could really show the descending barcharts of profits.

Re:Usefullness - of course! (1)

RobertAG (176761) | about 11 years ago | (#7201126)

If this follows the trend that previous new display technologies do, you can immediately expect enhanced:

1. Games
2. Porn

After that, expect widespread adoption followed by support from mainstream Windows business apps, followed by support from Linux hardware and software vendors.

This all hinges on the actual usefulness of the technology, the willingness of Sharp to support it and the willingness of vendors to develop for it.

Issues for vision impaired? (2, Interesting)

niola (74324) | about 11 years ago | (#7200769)

While this idea sounds cool, I wonder if it will be one of those technologies that I cannot use. I am legally blind in my left eye and often these 3D technologies rely on the fact that vision in both of the users eyes is relatively equal in order to create the illusion. This reminds me of those stereoscope drawings from a few years back. I was never able to get them to work for me because of my imparied vision.

Re:Issues for vision impaired? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201010)

The correct format for this kind of post is as follows:

I'm legally blind in my left eye, you insensitive clod!

Re:Issues for vision impaired? (1)

Darthnice (591865) | about 11 years ago | (#7201020)

Are there any 3D technologies that don't rely on the assumption that the viewer has two functioning eyes? I can't imagine that any 'passive' display (including the 'real world') that doesn't rely on that. Direct neural stimulation is still in the relm of Science Fiction.

Re:Issues for vision impaired? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201106)

"Sharp's TFT 3D LCD 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," said Ian Matthew.

That's what the article says, anyway. If you would have read it, then you would have already known that.

I'm a 3d freak... (2, Informative)

GillBates0 (664202) | about 11 years ago | (#7200771)

and proud of it.

After the last time /. published the story about the 3d laptop, I was engulfed by this urge to try out anaglyph (red-blue) games/software on my machine. What ensued was a frenzy of activity spanning about a week:

1. I purchased a 3-d jigsaw puzzle from Wal-mart for $15, which came with red-blue glasses. (A wiser idea would've been to go see SpyKids 3d for $6 and save the glasses (which I did later anyway)).

2. I downloaded and installed Anaglyph Stereo Quake [iprimus.com.au] and had hours of headachy fun.

3. Downloaded some simple shooter/roller coaster type games from stereo3d.com [stereo3d.com] This site, btw, has a cool chart listing software for which 3d patches have been released, graphics cards supported etc. A really interesting quote about 3d API's:

"The reason why 3D-API's are important for 3D-glasses is the fact games written for these interfaces supply genuine 3D-information in a standard format. These 3D-informations (i.e. depth-informations, Z-values) can be utilized by special universal 3D-glasses-drivers to create real 3D-imagery."

Can't wait for the prices for 3d displays to come down.

Excellent . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7200786)

I can now display the stolen plans of the Imperial Death Star in 3D so all my Alliance buddies can see where to shoot!

site slashdotted (0)

el_salvador (681607) | about 11 years ago | (#7200788)

and they make great webservers too!

Easy 3D movies (1)

Euphonious Coward (189818) | about 11 years ago | (#7200793)

The people making CG movies these days (Toy Story N, Shrek, Bug's Life, etc.) should re-run their rendering scripts with the "camera position" set off a few inches, so they can release 3D versions when the tech to watch it is widely available.

Of course it ain't that easy. But it's got to be a lot cheaper than making a whole bloody new film. (I hope they archived the rendering scripts!) For the older movies they should be able to re-render in a small fraction of the time spent on the original.

Re:Easy 3D movies (1)

exploder (196936) | about 11 years ago | (#7200961)

The IMAX by my house is currently running "Antz in 3D". However, a little web searching reveals that it isn't the entire movie:


If you enjoyed the movie 'ANTZ' in 1998 then the 3D rendition of the bar scene during which the entire colony dances together will amaze you.


Still, it's only a little way from what you describe...I'm sure it won't be long.

waste of time/energy/money (1)

chompswilliam (715672) | about 11 years ago | (#7200811)

these types of gimmicks are wasting the time of engineers across the world, these people could be working on important stuff, like a 20inch LCD thats folds and has no middle gap to fit in a very small footprint laptop. that would be fantastic. how big are "tabletops" going to get?

Re:waste of time/energy/money (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7201071)

What are you doing on Slashdot? You could be curing cancer, jackass!

Depth (1)

DaLiNKz (557579) | about 11 years ago | (#7200814)

What about people like me who have lost natural depth perception using their eyes? When I was 3 my right eye squinted alot. I had an operation to fix it however it was never properly fixed, so I seem to be looking straight at someone, but still only seeing them with one eye. Basically.. i figure when it comes to 3d, as much as i love the concept I wont ever be able to see it properly, which will hurt me in the long run with computers i believe. Is there any alternatives to seeing 3d? or different 3d systems that have other ways of projecting stuff? Arg :\ Its really bugged me for years now.

3D? Big deal (1)

tbone1 (309237) | about 11 years ago | (#7200833)

So what's the big deal? The last time I checked, everything was in three spatial dimensions. (Granted, a lot of people are very shallow in the third ...)

Well, Slashdot can... (1)

Ratphace (667701) | about 11 years ago | (#7200861)


...surely bring a harsh reality crashing in on a large company like Sharp.

One good post and the site comes to a grinding halt, lol, if anything, perhaps they will see that their infrastructure needs some work... :)

Nice job guys, seeing a high-quality /. effect on a website is truly something to behold.

Hurmph. (1)

ErikZ (55491) | about 11 years ago | (#7200863)

Bah! Kids these days are so spoiled.

Back in my day, all we had was 1-D laptops. Ever try typing on an infinitesimal point in space? It's hard!

Then came the 2-D laptops, otherwise known as "Paper" to you cretins...

Re:Hurmph. (1)

JohnFluxx (413620) | about 11 years ago | (#7201082)

1-D would be a line, not a point.

Viewmaster (1)

jason0000042 (656126) | about 11 years ago | (#7200885)

So it's a viewmaster without separate eyepieces. Super.
I'm not enthused at all. That style of 3d (two similar images next to each other) never works for me. It looks good at the edges, and it's blurry in the middle. I strain my eyes looking at computers enough, thank you.

So... (1)

Skrectumis (687389) | about 11 years ago | (#7200897)

How many FPS in Quake?

I wonder what horrible eye afflictions... (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | about 11 years ago | (#7200930)

I can see it now... I won't be able to see anything! What manner of ungodly pr0n could you cook up for this display? Furthermore, how much more can I sell my art prints for, since they'll be in 3-D?

For us "disabled" people... (1)

royhuggins (245212) | about 11 years ago | (#7200971)

I'm blind in one eye, you insensitive clod!

10.2 pounds. Eeeeek! (1)

flaming-opus (8186) | about 11 years ago | (#7200998)

Seems like a desktop display would be a good place to release this technology first.

We tried something like that at SEGA (1, Funny)

Samir Gupta (623651) | about 11 years ago | (#7201063)

At my last job at SEGA, my lab was in charge of coming up with many different and pioneering ideas for new ways to play video games, many of which, for one reason or another, never made it to market.

One of those was HOLO-GENESIS. It was a 3-D laser
holographic projection device for the MegaDrive/geneis. It could have displayed 3-D rendered images, in full-color, in real-time, using a system of 3 red/green/blue lasers, and a finely-meshed micro-faceted surface which gave a pseudo 3-D effect based on carefully utilized light diffraction effects, a la printed holograms.

It was slated to come out in mid-1995, but at the time, we couldn't get a acceptable frame rate (3-D graphics accelerator hardware was still very primitive and expensive, the province of SGI workstations and arcade machines), so we decided to not commercialize it at the time.

In any case, I must say, this is a very interesting announcement, and I must congratulate Sharp for bringing such technology to the market. Hopefully they can continue to lower the price point and make it adopted wider.

Lazy Eye (1)

PaperJam (624824) | about 11 years ago | (#7201084)

I have a lazy eye. I mean my eyeball moves around and follows what I am looking at, but it's vision is terrible. All my brain sees is what's coming out of my good eye. Am I going to be able to see the 3D? I've never had any success with the 3D glasses for obvious reasons and I've always hated those posters that you are supposed to stare at until you see the picture. If you ask me it's a hoax, cause I've never seen one.

No goggles... (1)

cdunworth (166621) | about 11 years ago | (#7201115)

...but if the parallax "sweet spot" is too small, you might need a head brace to lock your skull in the proper position.

Where can we see one of these in person?
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