Report: 3-D coming to mobile

Tue, 11/30/2010 - 7:00am
Andrew Berg, Wireless Week

Research firm In-Stat says there's a market for 3-D-enabled cell phones. In a report released today, the firm contends that the number of 3-D-enabled mobile devices shipped in 2014 will surpass 60 million units.

“Due to advancements in autostereoscopic 3-D technology, a type of 3-D technology that does not require glasses to view 3-D images, 3-D technology is finding its way into mobile devices,” says Stephanie Ethier, senior analyst for In-Stat.

Ethier says that the more predictable viewing distance of mobile devices enables a more convenient 3-D-viewing experience. Additionally, she says that many of the chipsets found in today’s smartphones have the processing power to handle 3-D content, therefore the smartphones will be the best fit for mobile 3-D devices over the next five years.

In-Stat projects that by 2012, 3-D-enabled smartphones will represent 45 percent of all 3-D-enabled mobile device shipments.

The firm predicts that tablets, smartphones and handheld game consoles will incorporate 3-D more quickly than other portable devices.

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