Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Toshiba to Release Glasses Free 3D Notebook

Can display glasses-free 3D image or video in one window, with 2D content running in another

Like it or not, the 3D fad isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Yesterday, we gave you a roundup of LG G-Slate reviews. The device captures 3D video, but requires 3D glasses for playback. The upcoming HTC EVO 3D smartphone, though, offers a glasses-free 3D experience, much like the just-announced Toshiba dynabook Qosmio T851/D8CR notebook.

Toshiba unveiled "the world's first glasses-free 3D notebook PC able to display 3D and 2D content at the same time on one screen" today in a press release. Users will be able to watch glasses-free 3D content in one window, while browsing the web, sending email, or performing other 2D duties in another window.

In addition to the glasses-free experience, which Toshiba has accomplished using "face-tracking" and "active lens" functions that use the device's webcam to track a user's eyes, the notebook also has a 2D to 3D function. "With SpursEngine™, a dedicated image processor with advanced performance derived from the multi-core technology of the Cell Broadband Engine™, dynabook Qosmio T851/D8CR boasts 2D to 3D real-time conversion technology that allows users to enjoy high-quality 3D images generated from 2D terrestrial, BS and 110 CS digital broadcasts," the release says.

The Toshiba notebook launches in Japan in late July. No pricing or State-side availability has been announced.

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