Three Dimensional Flat Panel Screen Announced

On October 13, 2003 Sharp Electronics released the first laptop computer capable of 3D images without needing to use special glasses, the Actius RD3D.

Sharp's 3-D display uses the established parallax barrier method, which separates light for viewing by each the left and right eye of a viewer. The display consists of a TFT LCD panel, a parallax barrier, a switching liquid-crystal panel and a backlight. (From Sharp display shows 3-D Images.)

People who are blind in one eye will not be able to view the images; two eyes are still needed to create the 3D image in the mind. Gaming and medicine are seen as the best immediate prospects for applications. You can now purchase these from Sharp.

For an interesting look at a small 3D display, see the entry for stereovision from Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein's 1961 novel.

The ultimate in early science fiction three-dimensional displays may be found in The Veldt from the 1953 story collection The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury.

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