A couple of weeks ago, Nintendo made a surprise announcement: the successor to their popular DS handheld would be called the 3DS and use an innovative new technique to display 3D touchscreen graphics without any glasses.
At the time, there was a lot of confusion about how Nintendo might go about doing this, since 3D and touchscreen technology doesn’t mix.
Or, at least, it didn’t until now, but Sharp has just announced their new displays. They are DS sized, small at 3.4 inches, double the resolution up to 480 x 854 as well as the brightness, and offer ten times the contrast ratio of previous 3D screens… all the while allowing switching between 2D and 3D on the fly!
According to the press release:
Sharp Corporation has developed a 3D touchscreen LCD featuring the industry’s highest brightness that can switch
between 2D and 3D modes. Users can view 3D images without the need to wear special glasses, making this LCD ideal for mobile devices such as digital cameras, mobile phones, and smartphones.
The newly developed 3D LCD uses a parallax barrier system to display 3D images. This parallax barrier, which has a series of vertical slits, is incorporated into an ordinary LCD to control the path of light reaching the right and left eyes, thus creating a sense of depth. However, the conventional 3D LCD with this system had difficulty in displaying high-quality images in 3D mode.
This is very exciting, and bodes great things for Nintendo’s next handheld. The 3DS is starting to look less like a gimmick than a real successor!