The launch of Nintendo’s 3DS early next year will give us our first real taste of glasses-less 3D, but AU Optronics won’t be far behind. AUO unveiled a new 3D display at FPD International 2010, and claims to have solved the weakness with glasses-less 3D: this panel is entirely deadzone-free. Some hands-on impressions with the 3DS have left gamers a bit worried about the viewing angles on the 3D display, but AUO isn’t having any of that. The new panel, which will be put to work as a 15.6” 1080p laptop display and 10.1” tablet screen, works from any funky viewing angle you can manage.
And here’s the kicker–the new 3D panel can display 2D and 3D images at the same time.
AUO’s display will be able to output both 2D and 3D modes concurrently, and the displays can be switched between modes on the fly with no dip in image quality or resolution. The eye-tracking 3D display will begin mass production in Q3 2011, so it’ll be at least a year until we see laptops or tablets on the market taking advantage of this technology.
What does this mean for 3D technology in general? Maybe not too much in the immediate future. Microsoft’s already prototyped its own 3D glasses-less solution . The biggest 3D advocate in the world, James Cameron, think mass-acceptance of 3DTVs that work without glasses is about a decade away . Maybe the ability to take off the glasses is what it’ll take to push reluctant consumers into adopting 3DTVs. If AUO’s screen becomes the standard in 3D laptops, you can bet we’ll see the technology begin to spread.