Smartphones Can Display 3D With New Filter

    April 3, 2013 7:26 pm Last Updated: April 3, 2013 7:26 pm

    A new removable filter can let you watch 3-D movies on your smartphone without glasses. The filter builds on technology that has been around for close to 100 years—the lenticular lens, which can display 3-D images using a wave-like surface but does so on a nanoscale.

     Our breakthrough is a game-changing piece of plastic that simply fits onto current smartphones or tablets to give users breathtaking 3-D graphics on their smart devices.
                                    —Alfred Chong, Nanoveu Pte CEO[/xtypo_quote]

    The screen protector was developed by Temasek Polytechnic (TP) and Singapore-based Institute of Materials Research and Engineering’s (IMRE). The filter will be marketed by Nanoveu Pte. Research started in 2010 with funding through a National Research Foundation grant.

     

    “The filter is essentially a piece of plastic film with about half a million perfectly shaped lenses engineered onto its surface using IMRE’s proprietary nano-imprinting technology,” said IMRE scientist Jaslyn Law.

    So far, the team developed applications (apps) for the filter on iOS and Android that let users to play 3-D content. They’ll also be developing a software development kit that lets game developers convert their games to 3-D.

    “Our breakthrough is a game-changing piece of plastic that simply fits onto current smartphones or tablets to give users breathtaking 3-D graphics on their smart devices,” said Nanoveu Pte founder and CEO, Alfred Chong, in a press release.

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    “This removable plastic also opens up a multitude of opportunities for anyone wanting to create affordable premium 3-D content and games for quick adoption to existing portable devices easily,” Chong said.

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