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Watch Out Nintendo, iPhone Gets 3D Overlay

Other devices, too.

We seem to remember this being an April Fools joke on one particular industry site this year, but that hasn’t – apparently – stopped this from becoming reality.

Yes, someone’s invented a lenticular overlay screen to fit over your regular iPhone (or whatever) screen that transforms so-called side-by-side visuals into 3D, although we can only assume the illusion is broken when you actually try to use the phone by – you know – touching it.

Yep, still, that’s glasses-free, albeit at the expense of a slightly wobbly display and the fact that it’s a third party application, so software will have to be specially designed to make the most of the tech.

The developers are promising a 120 degree field of view, though, which is considerable better than the three or four degree view the 3DS requires.

Via Engadget.

  1. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    There’s loads of 3D sheets for the iphone now, Hasbro released a (rather bullky) 3D gadget in 2008.

    Comment posted on 01/07/2011 at 09:12.
  2. Crocadillian
    Since: Feb 2011

    hahaha! Now i won’t feel so bad if my 3DS gets sold. I guess I don’t on technology sites enough, as this is the first one i’ve seen.

    Comment posted on 01/07/2011 at 09:38.
  3. Lordfloyd
    Since: Dec 2009

    HTC have a 3D phone, dunno how good it is

    Comment posted on 01/07/2011 at 10:17.
    • gideon1451
      Since: Nov 2009

      Do they? Oo. HTC are rather good, I’d be interested to see that.

      Comment posted on 01/07/2011 at 10:21.
    • Awayze
      Since: Jul 2010

      It’s 3D video recording will suck like most of HTC devices, the sounds quality on HTC devices is pathetic.

      Android isn’t meant to be 3D so you won’t see much 3D apps for it but 3D movies? Maybe.

      Comment posted on 01/07/2011 at 20:20.
  4. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    About £15 or less for the iphone so quite cheap but as it’s not a standard feature on every idevice developer support might not be huge.
    … i wonder if they’ll make one for Vita.. :)

    Comment posted on 01/07/2011 at 10:22.
  5. hazelam
    Since: Feb 2009

    i’d imagine you’d have to line it up on the screen pretty accurately for it to work well.
    i’ve how those lenticular things can just not work at all of the overlay is misaligned.

    Comment posted on 01/07/2011 at 10:42.
  6. bacon_nuts
    Since: Mar 2011

    I wish they’d stop trying to show us the 3D in the video. WE have 2D monitors, it doesn’t work!!

    Comment posted on 01/07/2011 at 12:19.

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