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Acer will enter the record books today by releasing the world’s first 3D-capable laptop. So Register Hardware caught-up with the firm behind the technology – Dynamic Digital Depth – to discover how 3D content will look on Acer’s machine. The 15.6in Acer Aspire 5738DZG 3D laptop has a screen that is coated with a thin 3D film. …


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  1. James Le Cuirot
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    Not the first

    Sharp have been doing these for years WITHOUT the need for glasses. I saw one back in 2004. Maybe the quality isn't so great but they were still the first. Get your facts right, please.

  2. Robert Hill
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    Good news for Blender...

    and all the other 3D content creation tools - IF these take off en masse. I still have my doubts, but I will definately be taking a look at one soon as my main lappy is getting old...I just hope it is a good LAPTOP first, that happens to have a 3D screen.

  3. BristolBachelor Gold badge

    3D from JPEGS

    Does anyone know how this works?

    I could really use something that can extract 3D information from JPEGS. It would be great to allow me to add focus blur to images to change the depth-of-field after a picture has been taken.

    It could also mean people can avoid buying those expensive new fangled 3D cameras (as in a new-fangled version of something that has been around since the 70's)

  4. Tom Chiverton 1


    "laptop will work with 3D-ready TVs"

    There is no such thing, there's no standard for what '3D TV' is...

  5. Peter Gathercole Silver badge
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    If you have got rid of the polarising nature of early LCD screens, and apply a per-pixel static polarising filter, then I guess that this isn't too difficult. All you would need to maintain resolution is double either the vertical or horizontal resolution of the screen, and provide a mechanism to address every alternate pixel in each of two virtual display adaptors (or two screens on a dual head adaptor). Registration problems from a distance would not be noticeable. I guess that the technology is up for this.

    It would be better still if the polarising filter could be rapidly switched on or off, whereupon you could use the same pixels, and just paint alternate frames (not sure whether LCD's are responsive enough for this).

    Would be interested in the software algorithms to analyse 2D images and create 3D projections, though. It must get it wrong sometimes, surely.

  6. Dangerous Dave
    Paris Hilton

    the possibilities are endless....

    3D porn can't be far off?

    One night in Paris 3D, for obvious reasons

  7. bex


    there was something about 3d on the tv the other week and some "expert" and I use that word loosely said that forced 3d imaged put a strain on the eyes so if that is true this may be not a good thing

  8. akicif

    @Peter Gathercole

    We used "flashing stereo" glasses for molecular modelling back in the eighties: the first lot of glasses were quite dangerous - lead tartrate, I think they were, and you needed lots of volts across your forehead (effectively) to get them to work.

    Not long after that, we had proper LCD ones - the graphics system (an Evans & Sutherland PS300) would alternate left and right views many times a second, and in the bottom cornier of the screen was a pair of white squares that we blutacked a pair of sensors over: when the left square was lit, the right eye was shaded, and vice versa.

    Net result, glorious, ghostly protein molecules tumbling in the air over the keyboard....

    Glasses - obviously!

  9. sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD
    Paris Hilton

    One night in Paris 3D...

    Is decidedly flat innit?

  10. Goat Jam

    Baby steps

    Wake me up when I can do it in hardware (no Windows dependency) and without glasses.

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