Published on Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Mobile Phone 3D...Without Glasses
A new screen protector will soon make it possible to view 3D content on mobile phones, without the help of 3D glasses.
The screen protector is in fact a nano-engineered plastic film, jointly developed by Temasek Polytechnic (TP) and A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) and marketed by Nanoveu Pte Ltd. Users may be able to say good-bye to 3D glasses. Measuring less than 0.1 mm in thickness, it is the first accessory that can display content in both portrait and landscape mode, without special glasses.
“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 nanoimprinting technology," said Dr. Jaslyn Law, one of the scientists who developed it. To complement the filter, the team developed applications for two software platforms, Apple iOS and Android, which allow users to play 3D content. The applications also allow 2D pictures to be converted into 3D.
The team will take it a step further by releasing a platform for developers to convert 2D games into 3D versions.