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3D displays

first mass produced device that did not need glasses South East,

A computer screen displays a 3D image of a flower.
Displays developed by Sharp produced a 3D effect without the need for glasses. Courtesy of Sharp Corp.

In 2002 Sharp, released the first mass-produced device to feature a 3D screen that could be viewed without wearing glasses.

The display on the NTT DoCoMo mobile phone used the Parallax Barrier effect to direct two different images on an LCD screen towards each eye. The user’s brain then recombined these images to form a 3D picture. Uniquely, the Parallax Barrier could be electrically switched off leaving a conventional 2D display.

Sharp’s innovation brought cheap 3D technology to the mass market, producing screens which could also show 2D images of an identical quality to a standard display. Their work paved the way towards screens used on other devices such as the Nintendo 3DS.

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Key Individuals
Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Grant Bourhill, Adrian Jacobs, Graham Jones, Jonathan Mather, Robert Winlow,