Today's mantra is, if it has an ePulse and a display, get it
up and running in 3D, even if that means cobbling together a gadget from spare
Rather than wait for a glassesless 3D world to arrive, i-Station has put together its Z3 3D tablet that requires you to keep some spare stereoscopic glasses handy.
i-Station claims with marketing bravado that it is releasing
the world's first 3D tablet.
There's not much information on the Z3 3D tablet in the digital ether, but it's built on a 7inch chassis and sports a 800x400 resolution display, although i-Station claims it supports full HD 1080p video output.
It will come with Android 2.1 (code name Froyo).
The Z3 3D tablet will also have WiFi, Bluetooth, an FM radio
and a host of other multimedia tablet features when it's released in November.
As for the glasses, i-Station isn't giving anything away but it will probably be passive shutter polarised technology.
We can't expect buyers to fork out US$155 (121 euros) for active shutter, which will be nearly a third of the price of the US$500 (395 euros) Z3 3D tablet itself.
That would also require users to have a plug-in IR receiver in their pocket, so no dice.
We're not stuck on portable 3D devices, unless they use
Sharp's glassesless parallax barrier display. In other words, we mean Nintendo's
3DS, which is the only portable 3D hardware on the market that doesn't need you
to don glasses.
But i-Station obviously couldn't miss the opportunity to make some money from punters easily persuaded to part with their cash for a 3D gadget.