A 3d screen for the iPhone??

Do you remember the 3d cellphones? Thanks to 3DeeShell, it will be possible to view a 3d image also on an iPhone. This solution is an obvious simple solution: a lenticular film to apply on the screen, in this case embedded in a protective cover. When you use compatible software (well, they are just 3 programs, and are not free), it will be possible to get a three-dimensional vision of the image.


Is on sale for $50, but, for now, is more a proof-of-concept than an useful thing. Apple will never support this unofficial add-on, and third-party programmers also won’t; pay $50 for viewing a dozen of 3d images…

Moreover, it looks like it is needing to remove it for using the touchscreen, and also to have a plain vision. Is a kind of “amateurish” solution.

But, the designers are feeling confident in their idea, and it looks like they are about to launch a similar film for notebooks.

Update 20th september 2010: looks like this idea was a total failure, the website (wazabee.net) has already been closed. Well, when the film is applied, the iPhone is unusable, and the supported apps were… just one… and not free!

3d cellphones are coming!

Take a look to the new “WOOO” cellphone from au, Japanese mobile operator:


It has many awesome features:

  • Pivoting screen to show movies
  • DTV tuner with recording option
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • On-demand video, bluetooth audio streaming, microsd reader, “electronic wallet” feature, push mail, etc…

But, in Japan, this is “quite normal” features for a cellphone. 😎
The unique feature for this cellphone is the display!!! It is made by Hitachi, and it is an autostereoscopic 3d!! That means it can show 3d images without wearing any special glasses!!! 🙀
How it works? I saw a working example at the Shibuya NHK museum when i went to Japan in May 2008. 😜
Have you ever seen a lenticular image? That’s it, the concept is very similar, there is a pixel column that only the left eye can see, and another pixel column that only the right eye can see. The effect is spectacular!! That’s why it is named “WOOO” 😉
This opens great scenarios for gaming! The PSP will be outdated! 🎮

But… there is a small flaw in this system… if the head is slightly moving, the effect will vanish. The head must be stationary… it will be impossible to use this cellphone on a train or bus. However, at the Hitachi company, they know this defect, so this cellphone has a button to disable the 3d vision, and come back to the plain old 2d. 😁

Stop! I know you are planning a trip to Japan to buy this phone! Unfortunately you can’t: it is sold contract-only and it will only work on the Japanese CDMA2000 standard from au… 😭